Member Criteria

Professional Members

Education Standards

All new members applying to the OOA must have a minimum 4 years of osteopathic education. This education must total a minimum of 4200 hours, and include a minimum of 1000 hours in Supervised Clinical Practice & Training as outlined by the World Health Organization Benchmarks for training in Osteopathy.


Professional Standards

All members of the OOA are required to meet the following criteria for membership application and renewal.

  • Meet the Education Standards criteria
  • Hold valid professional malpractice and liability coverage (recommended 5 million in coverage)
  • Adhere to the OOA Standards of Practice
  • Adhere to the OOA Bylaws
  • Comply to the laws of Ontario
  • Satisfy the annual Continuing Education requirements of the OOA
  • Satisfy the regular re-certification of Safety, Ethics & Red Flags training
  • Hold a CLEAR negative Vulnerable Sector Screening Police Check
  • Attend regular Fraud Prevention Education

Associate Members

  • An associate member must have the qualifications of a professional member
  • The associate member does not have an osteopathic practice in the province of Ontario
  • The associate member may practice osteopathy in another province of Canada or another country
  • The associate member must adhere to the laws and regulations regarding their scope of practice in accordance to the province/country they practice in

All members of the OOA are required to meet the following criteria for membership application and renewal.


All references to osteopathy or osteopath refer to the manual application of theoretical and philosophical principles, concepts, or manual procedures set forth by Dr. A.T Still, its founder. The OOA regulates the entry of its members and not the profession of osteopathy.

Accepted Credentials of the OOA

The OOA accepts only the credentials that meet the minimum education standard of the Association. It is open to all practitioners who meet the criteria.

Canadian Trained Practitioners

Canadian trained practitioners wishing to join the OOA must be able to provide proof that they have meet the educational standard required for membership in the OOA.

Internationally Trained Practitioners

  • The OOA accepts internationally trained osteopathic practitioners who meet the following criteria
  • Were trained in a country where osteopathic schools and professionals are regulated
  • Provide graduation transcripts from a regulated international osteopathic school
  • Provide proof of professional membership in a regulated international professional association
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COVID-19 UPDATE: Osteopathy is not an essential service and all practitioners should stop providing treatment. As OSTCAN has been keeping its members abreast of information since early March, and in keeping with the several notices that have been administered directly to our membership; across Canada it is recommended that all practices close. Members of in Ontario specifically, who do not adhere to the order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act are not complying with the laws of the Province of Ontario. This may result in you being fined and/or imprisoned. It may also result in you being delisted by insurance providers and it is a breach of our Standards of Practice which require you to comply with the laws of the jurisdiction in which you practice (Standard 17), to comply with health and safety legislation (Standard 14) and putting your own interests above your patients' safety (Standard 16). Members remaining open may also be subjected to discipline by the OOA which may result in the revocation of their membership.