How to become an osteopath
You can get into this job through a university course or professional development training.
To become an osteopath, you'll need to complete a degree or postgraduate master's degree approved by the General Osteopathic Council.
Courses usually take 4 years full time, or you might be able to study part time over 5 years.
You'll usually need:
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including a science, for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You'll find it helpful to get some paid or voluntary work experience in healthcare with an osteopath before you apply for a course.
You could contact the voluntary services co-ordinator at your local NHS trust for further advice.
If you're already medically qualified, for example as a doctor or physiotherapist, you might be able to do a shorter postgraduate training programme.
- you must be registered with the General Osteopathic Council to work as an osteopath
When applying for courses and jobs, you'll be expected to have an understanding of how the NHS values apply in your work.
You can find out more about becoming an osteopath from the General Osteopathic Council and Health Careers.