The registration requirements for manual osteopaths who are interested in becoming a member of the Manitoba Osteopathic Association are listed below. The requirements are the same for all applicants – whether trained in Canada or internationally.
Successful completion of the requirements for registration demonstrates that an applicant has fulfilled the essential competencies to become registered with MOA.
Prospective members must complete the following before becoming registered with MOA:
- Graduate from an accredited WHO compliant school of osteopathy.
- Successfully complete the MOA’s knowledge-based and clinical competency board exams.
- Successfully complete MOA’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 School of Osteopathy
In Manitoba , manual osteopaths work as autonomous healthcare practitioners who have the authorization to open their own independently owned private clinics, see patients without a referral from a medical doctor, communicate an osteopathic diagnosis within its scope of practice and perform osteopathic manual therapy (OMT). It is essential that manual osteopaths have the appropriate level of education required for this level of responsibility. The Manitoba Osteopathic Association (MOA) is committed to defining international educational standards and ensuring their adoption and maintenance by accredited manual osteopathy schools.
Successful Completion of MOA’s Knowledge-Based and Clinical Competency Board Examinations
One way in which MOA ensures that manual osteopaths provide high quality, competent and ethical care to the public is by using a consistent, objective and defensible standard for all applicants who wish to become members of MOA , no matter where they have completed their education.
Successful Completion of MOA’s Legislation and Ethics Examination
It is essential for manual osteopaths to be familiar with and understand the legislation, regulations and standards of practice that govern the profession of osteopathy in the Canadian province of Manitoba . MOA’s Legislation and Ethics Examination provides a mechanism to help ensure that manual osteopaths 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 osteopathy, will practice osteopathy with decency, integrity, honesty and in accordance with the law, has sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to engage in osteopathy and will display professional behaviour.
Applicants are required to demonstrate this good conduct and character by disclosing to MOA 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 a manual osteopath. 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 Manitoba . Fluency in either of these official languages of Canada is demonstrated by successful completion of MOA’s Legislation and Ethics Examination.
Professional Liability Protection
The requirement to be personally insured against professional liability applies to all primary healthcare practitioners in Manitoba . Manual osteopaths 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 MOA:
- MOA Board Examination (Legislation and Ethics as Well as Knowledge-Based and Clinical Competency) Fee: $500.
- MOA Application Fee: $60.
- Annual MOA Registration Fee First Year: $125.
Documents for Registration
Candidates must supply MOA with the following documentation:
- Official or notarized copies of all transcripts from an accredited osteopathic 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 osteopathic education program.
- Two photos of the applicant.
- Confirmation of Canadian citizenship, permanent residency or authorization under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to work in Canada.
- Completed application.
- Applicant fee of $500 for board examinations (non-refundable).