04 outubro, 2008

The Osteopath: BSO launches Masters of Osteopathy degree

The British School of Osteopathy (BSO) has this year replaced its Bachelor of Osteopathy (B Ost) with a Masters Osteopathy (M Ost) degree course, following validation by the University of Bedfordshire.

Applications have commenced for the new four-year integrated degree course, which means that 2010 will, subject to the course’s recognition by the GOsC, see the school’s first graduates of a Masters of Osteopathy. The BSO has recently been inspected by the GOsC, an integral stage
in the process of seeking accreditation (Recognised Qualification status) for the
new course.

According to the BSO, this shift from a Bachelor of Osteopathy degree to a Masters qualification reflects the maturity and calibre of the osteopathic academic community.The new programme has been developed by a BSO working group, comprising the undergraduate course team, senior osteopaths and external consultants, over an 18-month period, and has involved a full curriculum review with the BSO faculty and three recent cohorts of graduates. It has also been informed by good practice in higher education and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher
Education (QAA) benchmark statement for osteopathy.

The M Ost has a strong clinical focus, with students experiencing patient interactions from the first year of the course. The teaching and learning, though incorporating a theoretical core, reflects the fact that most graduates move into osteopathic clinical practice and therefore require knowledge, skills and attitudes that are of practical value.

Charles Hunt, BSO Principal and Chief Executive, said: “The M Ost is a very exciting development for the BSO. It will be a course that prepares students for becoming osteopaths and providing the best possible care for patients in the 21st century’s changing healthcare arena.”

In The Osteopath

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