Many different kinds of trainings for osteopathy are offered in Austria. Osteopathy is currently not regulated by the state, which is why OEGO only recognises certain training courses. The reason for this is to ensure quality of training and osteopathic practice. Additionally, this is aimed at protecting patients. OEGO’s training criteria define a minimum of professional competences required for safe osteopathic practice.
POSTGRADUALE TRAINING FOR CANDIDATES WITH MEDICAL TRAINING:
Medical profession: According to the current legal situation, MDs, dentists and physiotherapists are admitted to the training. In previous years also members of other medical professions were admitted to this training.
Postgraduate training: Postgraduate course comprising at least 5 – 6 years of training with 1500 hours of regular presence and a degree as DO, BSC of osteopathy or MSc of osteopathy. The final clinical exam is compulsory for membership, while the title is not.
UNDERGRADUDATE TRAINING FOR CANDIDATES WITHOUT MEDICAL BACKGROUND:
Full members of OEGO without previous medical training must have completed A-level equivalent and undergraduate training for osteopathy. The training should last at least 4 – 5 years with 4200 hours of regular presence and a degree such as DO, BSc of osteopathy or MSc of osteopathy.
The final clinical exam is compulsory for membership, while the title is not.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN AUSTRIA
Wiener Schule für Osteopathie (WSO)
The Viennese School for Osteopathy (WSO) was founded in 1991 in Vienna and currently has sites in Vienna and Klagenfurt.
The training is offered in cooperation with the Danube University Krems (DUK) and can be completed with a Master of Science (Osteopathy) and DO (Diplom-Osteopath).
WSO is a member of the Osteopathic European Network (OSEAN) and closely collaborates with national and international organisations.
Internationale Akademie für Osteopathie (IAO)
The International Academy for Osteopathy (IAO) was founded in Belgium in 1987 and has training sites in Vienna and Innsbruck. The training offers programmes with Master of Science (Osteopathy) and DO (Diplom-Osteopath). Their programme is held in cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Tyrol (fhg).
Individual training courses
OEGO only recognizes part time training comprised of a minimum of 1500 hours over 5 -6 years.