Applying for Membership

There are 2 types of membership for the SAO


Full Members

Student Membership

Canadian Education

All osteopathic manual therapy institutions the SAO accepts in Canada are part-time programs. The graduates are considered type 2 practitioners. 

Type 2 practitioners must have prior education in another health profession before entering the osteopathic manual therapy program. 

At present all our members that have taken a part-time course in Canada are graduates from courses that are 4-5 years in length that include a research component and additional clinical hours supervised by an osteopathic manual therapist. They must also hold, in good standing, another health profession license.

*Please note: As per the World Health Organization Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy, "training must be delivered via direct contact", therefore, applicants from online schools will not be considered.

Applicants must have valid, professional liability insurance (a minimum of $2 million in professional liability insurance
per claim in the province in which they are practicing and provide proof of Affiliate Membership with the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners®

Accepted Educational Institutions

The SAO is a provincial member of the Canadian Federation of Osteopaths (CFO) and is a proud partner of the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA). The mission of the OIA is to encourage systems of education and regulation that will ensure high standards for safe and effective healthcare from osteopaths and osteopathic physicians.

At this time, the Saskatchewan Association of Osteopaths/Osteopathic Manual Practitioners only considers applicants who have graduated from a list of osteopathic educational institutions. 


The list of approved educational institutions:

note: All Canadian osteopathic manual therapy educational institutions are type 2. All applications from Canadian institutions require additional prior health care education.


Canadian College of Osteopathy (CCO)
Canadian Academy of Osteopathy (CAO) 


CANADA – Quebec

Le Centre Osteopathique du Quebec (COQ)
College of Osteopathic Studies also known as the Le College d’Etudes Osteopathiques (CEO) 

CANADA – British Columbia

Canadian School of Osteopathy Manual Practice (CSO)



Swiss International College of Osteopathy (SICO) (Switzerland)
Deutsches Osteopathie Kolleg (DOK) (Germany)
Schule für klassische osteopathische Medizin (SKOM) (Germany)
Metropolia University of Applied Sciences – (Helsinki, Finland)
Belgian School of Osteopathy (BELSO) (Belgium)
Centre International D’Ostéopathie (CIDO) (France)
Centre Européen d’ Enseignement Supérieur de l’Ostéopathie (CEESO) (France)
Ecole Superieure D’Osteopathie (France)

Ecole D'Osteopathie Avignon (IFO-GA) (France)

L'Institut Supérieur d'Ostéopathie de Lille (InSO Lille) (France)



The British College of Osteopathic Medicine, London (UK)
The College of Osteopaths, London & Stoke on Trent (UK)
The European School of Osteopathy, Kent (UK)
Leeds Beckett University, Leeds (UK) - No longer accepting new students
The London College of Osteopathic Medicine (for medical doctors only), London (UK)
London School of Osteopathy, London (UK)
Oxford Brookes University, Oxford (UK) - Closed after Dec 31, 2017
The Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine, Surrey (UK)
Swansea University, Swansea (UK)
University College of Osteopathy, London (UK) formerly the British School of Osteopathy
The University of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth (Marjon) (UK)



Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) (Australia)
Southern Cross University (Australia)Unitec Institute of Technology (New Zealand)
University of Western Sydney (UWS) (Australia)
Victoria University (Australia)


A student must be enrolled in an approved Canadian or Overseas Osteopathic College


Registration Information

Please contact the office for current forms and the required documentation to: SAO, 43 Lockwood Rd., Regina, SK  S4S 3E9.

For membership inquiries please use the ‘contact us’ page