Osteoarticular Techniques

Manual Osteopaths use this technique to reduce muscle spasms near a joint, ease neurological irritations around a joint, make joints more mobile and to reduce pain and discomfort.  The osteoarticular technique involves gently moving 2 joint surfaces.  Before doing this, manual osteopaths carefully prepare the soft tissues around the treatment area.  They also move the patient into a position that will minimize, or eliminate the energy and force needed to perform the manoever.  Many patients find this technique less forceful than joint manipulations.

  1. Understand the history of osteopathy and manual osteopathy.
  2. Know the contraindications and precautions to structural imbalances.
  3. Able to perform assessments and corrections for the ankle, knee, hip, pelvis, low back, thoracic area, scapula, cervical spine, shoulder, elbow and wrist.


Visceral Manipulation 

Manual osteopaths use visceral manipulation to treat organs and viscera of the body, including the liver, spleen, kidneys, stomach, pancreas, intestines, bladder and uterus. Patients may feel pain in one or more of these organs, or the viscera may be less pliable than it should be. Manual osteopaths gently move the structures themselves and the fascia (connective tissue) that surrounds them to restore full movement. Most patients treated with visceral manipulation feel only the gentle pressure of the manual osteopath’s hand, but the corrections are powerful enough to improve the mobility of an organ, improve blood flow, and help the organ function more effectively.

  1. Know the contraindications and precautions to visceral manipulation work.
  2. Established a clear knowledge of Mobility and Motility.
  3. Master Visceral Manipulation techniques of indirect, direct, recoil and induction.
  4. Identify the anatomy components of the viscera.
  5. Able to successfully assess the mobility and motility of most of the viscera and providing the necessary treatment to achieve the desired outcome for optimal client health.
    We do not teach heart and lung manipulations.


CranioSacral Therapy

This is a very gentle manual osteopathic technique, and it requires the most experience to use effectively. To learn this technique, Manual osteopaths undergo intensive training. Through this training, their hands become sensitive to the cranial mobility and develop great precision in utilizing cranial techniques. Manual osteopaths use this gentle technique to assess and treat the mobility of the skull and its contents. They may also use it to assess and treat the spine, the sacrum, and other parts of the body. The goal of this technique is to adjust the body’s physiology by restoring balance to the circulation of the blood and other body fluids. Manual osteopaths do this by treating the body’s inherent biorhythm. They are able to feel this rhythm in the patient’s head, spinal cord, and in the sacrum and the rest of the body. Manual osteopaths use the biorhythm to assess the patient’s condition, and they may modify it during treatment.

  1. Know contraindications to CranioSacral therapy
  2. Identify the cranial bones, landmarks, sinuses, poles of the dural membranes, cerebrospinal fluid and diaphragms.
  3. Able to identify the flexion and extension.
  4. Perform the first, second and third vault holds.
  5. Able to perform the cranium, sacrum and ankle still points.
  6. Complete the Pelvic Diaphragm Release, the Diaphragm Release, the Thoracic Inlet Release, the Hyoid Bone Release, Occipital Cranial Base Release, the Occipital Base Release, Traction Release, Medial ASIS Compression, Rocking the Dural Tube, Dural Tube Assessment and Release, Frontal Bone Lift, Parietal Lifts, Sphenoid Bone Compression and De-Compression, Temporal Bone movements and Decompression and Compression of the TMJ.


Advanced Fascia Release

The Manual Osteopathic therapist uses advanced fascia release in many different ways. In general, they use it to evaluate the condition of tissues and to help the body’s fluids (such as blood and lymphatic fluid) flow smoothly. Keeping fluids flowing smoothly reduces harmful fluid retention and makes the body’s immune system more effective. Fascia is tissue found in all parts of the body. It connects all of the body’s structures at both superficial and deep levels. Manual osteopaths evaluate the fascia to find areas of restriction, and then use soft tissue manipulation to make sure the length and tension of the fascia are properly balanced. Throughout the treatment, manual osteopaths keep checking on the state of the body’s tissues. If one technique isn’t working to correct a restriction, they use another approach instead. Above all, manual osteopaths try to restore health without over-treating.

  1. Know the contraindications and precautions to Advanced Fascia Release work.
  2. Understand how fascia restrictions in the human body effect overall health.
  3. Evaluate the fascia to find areas of restriction, and then use soft tissue manipulation to make sure the length and tension of the fascia are properly balanced.
  4. Evaluate the condition of tissues and to help the body’s fluids flow smoothly.
  5. Continuous checking on the state of the body’s tissues, to correct restrictions.



Many practitioners go on to open their own businesses after graduation. There are a number of mistakes that new business owners make which can ultimately affect their success. We want to assist our students in avoiding those issues by helping them develop a successful marketing and business plan. Even if a practitioner chooses to not open their own business, the content of this course enables them to successfully market themselves within their practice since Manual Osteopathy is a relatively new profession in the healthcare industry.



Student Eligibility

  1. Must be 18 years of age or older
  2. As this is a post secondary program, all applicants must also provide proof of completion of a minimum of 2 years of training in a discipline with a focus on human anatomy and physiology from a recognized institution. 
  3. Provide current Standard First Aid and CPR C certification
  4. Provide current government issued identification
  5. Be fluent and efficient in English, reading, written and spoken


Admission Process

  1. If you are unsure if you meet our requirements; we can review your transcripts free of charge prior to applying. 
  2. Complete the application form. Send it via email to [email protected] with the required documents and the $150.00 non-refundable application fee. If you have any problems or questions, forward them to our registrar via email ([email protected]) or telephone 403-227-1416
  3. Upon approval, the Student and the National Manual Osteopathic College will enter into a contract called the Alberta Student Enrolment Contract. This holds your seat in class. 
  4. During Registration on the first day of class the student must pay the tuition in full, if student loans are not being utilized. If you wish to apply for our Optional Payment Plan, contact the registrar one week prior to class commencement. Details are available upon request.


Terms and Conditions

  • All prices are in Canadian funds and are subject to change prior to signing the Alberta Student Enrolment Contract
  • Acceptable forms of payment: etransfer, cheque, bank draft, and credit cards (with a 5% service fee)
  • Optional Payment Plan must be approved prior to the first day of class
  • Optional Payment Plans are available and can be customized to meet individual needs
  • Student Loan applications and/or forms are available online at https://studentaid.alberta.ca



2019 Class Dates


September 2019 Session

 November 2019 Session  

Start Date: September 9, 2019

 Start Date: November 25, 2019  

End Date: June 24, 2020

  End Date: September 10, 2020  

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Class 1:     September 9-12, 2019

Class 1: November 25-28, 2019  


Class 2:     Sept 30 & Oct 1, 2019

Class 2: December 16-17, 2019 


Class 3:     October 28-29, 2019

Class 3: January 13-14, 2020


Class 4:     November 18-19, 2019

Class 4: February 10-11, 2020


Class 5:     December 9-10, 2019

Class 5: March 9-10, 2020


Class 6:    January 6-7, 2020

Class 6: March 30-31, 2020


Class 7:    February 3-4, 2020

Class 7: April 27-28, 2020


Class 8:     March 2-3, 2020

Class 8: May 25-26, 2020


Class 9:     March 23-24, 2020

Class 9: June 15-16, 2020


Class 10:   April 20-21, 2020

Class 10: July 6-7, 2020


Class 11:   May 11-12, 2020

Class 11: July 27-28, 2020


Class 12:   June 1-2, 2020

Class 12: August 17-18, 2020


Class 13:  June 22-24, 2020

Class 13: September 8-10, 2020





Program Costs


Books & Supplies

Total Tuition Cost



Our Books & Supplies fee includes:

  • student membership with the NMOS
  • textbooks
  • written materials
  • lab supplies
  • examination costs

Funding Options

Our program qualifies for Student Loans. If applying for a student loan outside of Alberta, please be advised that the process can take 6-8 months to secure funding. If you require any assistance please contact us directly or Student Aid Alberta or canada.ca/student-fiancial-assistance

  • Employment Insurance Funding: contact Service Canada
  • Optional Payment Plan: contact us directly to request more information

All fees are subject to change. Please confirm final course fee amounts prior to submitting your application fee. Fees will not change after your application fee has been processed.

Accepted forms of payment: cash, cheque, money order, etransfer, Mastercard, Visa and American Express. We do not accept debit cards. A 5% credit card fee is added to all credit card transactions.

Costs of travel, accomodations and meals are at the students' expense.


Our Diploma is recognized for 1952 hours

Classroom Instruction and Self Directed Learning: 1552 hours

Offering our Manual Osteopathy program over 10 months allows the student to retain more of the information than programs that offer comparable hours over longer time periods.

Students will spend 29 days (8 hours/day) of scheduled classroom time used for examinations and technical training. Students can expect to spend 20-30 hours per week on self directed learning. Assignments must be completed on student's own time. Students are required to attend all classroom sessions.

The manual and clinical skills of a Manual Osteopath are what sets them apart from all other complimentary healthcare professions. The classroom component of the program deals exclusively with palpation skills in the modalities presented. All other components of the program are provided to the student for home study.


Clinical Work Experience: 400 hours

Students complete a total of 400 hours of clinical work experience prior to graduation.

The 400 hour clinical work experience allows students to work in the field while attending school, and allows them to graduate with experience that is usually not obtained until after graduation.

Students are required to practice hands on treatments in a clinical setting. Hours are approved by a supervisor of their choice. Students enter their notes into the NMOC App designed to track the practicum hours, notes and marks. Supervisors approve the times entered for treatments, and instructors then review and mark the entries, leaving notes if necessary.


Program Content

We provide a sequential protocol that provides the most effective and timely treatment for the problem presented, using the 4 cornerstones of manual osteopathic practice: Osteoarticular, Visceral Manipulation, CranioSacral and Advanced Fascia Release techniques.

All four of these techniques are taught in detail and include the following categories for each: definition, history, philosophy, current scientific research, experts in the field, indications and contraindications, anatomy, physiology, common pathologies, injuries and complaints, assessment and correction protocols, manual practice and clinical work experience.
We include the often overlooked reason for the majority of health professions/treatments:

  • Pain: definition, symptom cascade, clients with chronic pain and expected responses to treatment, emotional and physical considerations
  • Corrective exercises and behaviours
  • Complimentary and contradictory health care philosophies


In addition, we help prepare students for the business and legislative requirements of the profession by providing instruction in the following:

  • Osteopathy: definition, history, founder, philosophy, and main techniques
  • Manual Osteopathy: definition, credentials, code of ethics and conduct, regulation and licensure, and association membership.
  • Business considerations: legislative requirements, insurance requirements, clinical records, privacy issues, prices, billing procedures, advertising, promotional techniques, networking strategies, and public speaking presentations.


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NMOC has policies regarding the following:


  • Be in class and ready to start for 9:00 a.m. commencement
  • Classroom attendance is compulsory for the listed class dates (refer to Academic Schedules) 

Absence: If a student is absent, they are responsible for the following:

  • submitting all required assignments by the original deadline via email (use CamScanner app)
  • contacting the school to arrange to complete the missed written and manual examinations before the next scheduled class
  • obtaining all class materials and manual technique information from classmates – NOT instructors or staff
  • LATE assignments will NOT be accepted

Personal Code of Conduct, Dress Code, Cell Phones, iPods, PDA's etc, Zero Tolerance for Drugs & Alcohol

Noncompliance of the following Policies may result in immediate dismissal

Sexual Harassment Policy, Plagiarism, Cheating

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