BC FAQ’s

Please find information below on our
frequently asked questions for MOCC in the province of British Columbia.

What are the typical class sizes for the Manual Osteopathic Therapist Program?

Class sizes range from 10 – 24 students, with 16 or more students there will be 2 Instructors in each class.

Do I have to leave my job/practice while attending the program?

No. Although the program is recognized as “Full Time” students are still able to work while in the program. The model of education allows students to choose the home study times to suit their life schedules and the practicum can be completed in the student’s operating practice.

What are the entrance requirements?

Must be 18 years of age or older and meet the following criteria:

  1. Valid, current, first aid and CPR certificates
  2. Hold a diploma or degree in at least one of the following professions:
    • Massage Therapy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Chiropractic
    • Kinesiology
    • Registered Nurse
    • TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)
    • Occupational Therapist
    • GP Physician
  3. Are current members in good standing of one of the provincial or national related healthcare associations
  4. Supply current government issued identification
  5. Be fluent and efficient in English (reading, spoken and written)

Does this program qualify for student loans, grants and bursaries?

As the British Columbia program is in its inaugural year, it does not currently qualify for Student Loans. However, our Student Services team is available to support and guide you through inquiries related to finances, including alternative payment options.

What are the salary expectations for a practicing Manual Osteopathic Therapist (MOT)?

A Manual Osteopathic Therapist charges/bills $35 for every 15 minutes or $140 per hour.

Are manual osteopathic therapy treatments covered by Insurers?

Yes, insurance companies may cover manual osteopathic therapy treatments in Canada.

What is the difference between a Chiropractor and Manual Osteopathic Therapist (MOT)?

The main difference is that osteopaths tend to use more rhythmical and gentler techniques while chiropractors use stronger, high velocity manipulative techniques. Chiropractors may also use modalities such as ultrasound and various electrotherapies for pain relief while osteopaths generally rely on hands-on manual techniques to relieve pain. Essentially, both offer valuable and useful services, and each can be included in a holistic healthcare regimen.

Are the faculty Manual Osteopathic Therapists?

Yes and no. The faculty are highly trained, educated and experienced in their individual modules. Most are trained Manual Osteopathic Therapists or have extensive knowledge in their modality of instruction. The Subject Matter Expert for the MOCC curriculum has been a practicing manual osteopath since 1999. She trained in the UK. The Subject Matter Expert ensures the curriculum reflects the principles of manual osteopathy. The Academic Advisor is also a Manual Osteopathic Therapist and RMT, and maintains top quality learning resources for all students. You can view faculty information under ‘Faculty’ on the ‘About MOCC’ menu or click here.

Can I take my MOCC diploma across Canada?

Yes, as long as you have insurance and you may need to join the association of your chosen province.

What is the difference between an Osteopath Doctor and a Manual Osteopathic Therapist (MOT)?

The differences are:

  • A doctor of osteopath diagnoses, prescribes medications and offers dietary recommendations, where as a Manual Osteopathic Therapist can assess and treat, they do not diagnose.
  • The doctor has many more years of training
  • The term ‘Osteopath’ is reserved for doctors only; our graduates can use the terms Osteopathy or Osteopathic.

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