The registration requirements for osteopathic manual practitioners who are interested in becoming a member of the British Columbia Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are listed below. The requirements are the same for all applicants – whether trained domestically or internationally.
Successful completion of the requirements for registration demonstrates that an applicant has fulfilled the essential competencies to become registered with BCAOMP.
Prospective members must complete the following before becoming registered with BCAOMP:
Graduate from an accredited WHO compliant manual osteopathy school (this requirement is non-exemptible);
- Successfully complete the BCAOMP’s knowledge-based and clinical competency examinations;
- Successfully complete BCAOMP’s Legislation and Ethics examination;
- Provide evidence of good character;
- Be able to speak and write English or French with reasonable fluency;
- Obtain a certificate in level C first aid and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
- Maintain professional liability protection.
Graduation from an Accredited Manual Osteopathy School
- In British Columbia (Canada), osteopathic manual practitioners work as autonomous health professionals who have the authorization to open their own independently owned private manual osteopathic clinics, see patients without a referral from a family physician, communicate an osteopathic diagnosis within the manual osteopathy scope of practice and perform osteopathic manual therapy (OMT). It is essential that registered osteopathic manual practitioners have the appropriate level of education required for this level of responsibility. The British Columbia Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (BCAOMP) is committed to defining international educational standards and ensuring their adoption and maintenance by accredited manual osteopathy schools.
- Successful Completion of BCAOMP’s Knowledge-Based and Clinical Competency Examinations
- One way in which BCAOMP ensures that registered osteopathic manual practitioners provide high quality, competent and ethical care to the British Columbia public is by using a consistent, objective and defensible standard for all applicants who wish to become registered by BCAOMP in the province of British Columbia, no matter where they have completed their education.
- Successful Completion of BCAOMP’s Legislation and Ethics Examination
- It is essential for registered osteopathic manual practitioners to be familiar with and understand the legislation, regulations and standards of practice that govern the osteopathic manual practice profession in British Columbia. BCAOMP’s Legislation and Ethics Examination provides a mechanism to help ensure that OMPs possess this knowledge when applying for registration.
- Provide Evidence of Good Character
- Applicants must provide evidence that their past and present conduct must afford reasonable grounds for belief that the applicant is mentally and physically competent to practice manual osteopathy, will practice manual osteopathy with decency, integrity, honesty and in accordance with the law, has sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to engage in manual osteopathy and will display professional behaviour.
- Applicants are required to demonstrate this good conduct and character by disclosing to BCAOMP all past offences, findings or professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, and findings of malpractice or professional negligence. Applicants moving from another jurisdiction must provide a letter of good standing from all jurisdictions in which they have practiced manual osteopathy or been registered as an osteopathic manual practitioner (OMP). All applicants sign a declaration that all information provided is true, complete and current.
- Be Able to Speak and Write English or French with Reasonable Fluency
- Applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum level of communication skill in either English or French as a requirement to providing effective care to the public of British Columbia. Fluency in either of these languages is demonstrated by successful completion of BCAOMP’s Legislation and Ethics Examination.
- Professional Liability Protection
- The requirement to be personally insured against professional liability applies to all health professionals in British Columbia. Osteopathic manual practitioners are required to maintain professional liability protection to protect themselves and patients from any possible acts of malpractice, professional negligence, professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.
Candidates are responsible for paying the following fees when applying for a General (ie. active) class of license with BCAOMP:
BCAOMP Board Examination (Legislation and Ethics as Well as Knowledge-Based and Clinical Competency)
Application Fee: $60
Annual Registration Fee First Year: $125
Documents for Registration
Candidates must supply BCAOMP with the following documentation:
- Official or notarized copies of all transcripts from an accredited manual osteopathy educational institution. If such a transcript is unavailable due to extenuating circumstances, in the opinion of the Registration Committee, the candidate must otherwise satisfy the Registration Committee that he/she graduated from an accredited manual osteopathy education program;
- Two photos of the applicant;
- Confirmation of Canadian citizenship, permanent residency or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to practice the profession;
- Completed application;
- Applicant fee of $500 for board examinations (non-refundable)