Osteopaths have revolutionised Western medicine by enhancing the health of patients without using surgery or drugs. These doctors focus on strengthening the musculoskeletal framework of people. In doing so, they make the lymphatic, nervous and circulatory systems become stronger.
This branch of medicine can be very rewarding and lucrative. But you need to have the personality and perseverance for it. If you are thinking of going into Osteopathy, consider the following requirements below. This list can help you check if this is the career path you can take.
1. Take up a medical course in college or university. Although many schools accept students from any course or field, there are some specific subjects that may increase your chances of being accepted. Subjects or courses like Biology, Chemistry, Medicine and Human Biology can help you understand the basic terms of Osteopathy.
2. Enroll in a school or university offering a BSC (Bachelor of Science) or a Masters Degree in Osteopathy. Those who already took up medical courses, such as Nursing, might be able to graduate earlier. This is because some of the subjects they've already taken up may be credited. You should also note that some colleges require you to have above average grades. Some schools dictate that you should have at least three A levels. Others require you to have four H grades in Science subjects and at least five GCSEs/S grades. It's also important to choose a course accredited by the General Osteopathic Council.
3. You should be registered with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). During the '90s, anyone could practice Osteopathy and earn from it. But the onset of 2000 saw the passing of a strict law. This law required practicing Osteopaths to be registered with the GOsC. To register, simply go to the organisation's website or office to download or ask for a registration form. You will also need to have professional indemnity insurance and a clean record from the Criminal Records Bureau.
4. You should be patient, caring and joyful. If you're the type that easily gets annoyed and stressed, then this profession is not for you. As an Osteopath, you will be dealing with different people from all walks of life. You will be helping young children, toddlers and even people as old as 60 years of age. You should be able to communicate and talk to all your patients easily and care for them as you would your own family.
5. You need to be mentally and physically fit. As an Osteopath, you will be dealing with patients, different medical equipment and evaluating all kinds of people. So, expect to be on your feet as much as 10 hours a day. Soundness of mind and body can greatly help you become exceptional in this field or career. In addition, the GOsC requires you to take a medical and fitness exam as part of the registration process, so it's best to be healthy and well.
Osteopathy is a hard but very rewarding career. If you have the patience, skill and the physical health to take on this very taxing profession, then go ahead and do so. The requirements listed above can help you pave your way towards becoming an Osteopath.