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The NSAO board of directors reviews all applications as to whether an applicant should be approved for membership.  Applicants are approved for membership only at NSAO Board Meetings.  Board meetings are held frequently throughout the year.  As there are a number of requirements that must be met, please inquire early, and review the application form carefully. You will need to allow for up to 60 days for the NSAO to process your completed application form and documentation.

All applications are reviewed for content, consistency and accuracy so please ensure all requirements are met and that your application is complete.  Please remember to keep a copy of your completed application.

If you would like an application form, have questions about the form, please contact

Apply for Membership

Currently NSAO is only accepting FULL MEMBERSHIP.


Full Membership ($500 Per annum / $250 new graduates in July)

  • Must be a graduate of a Canadian or overseas Osteopathic college whose curriculum has been approved by NSAO and CFO (Canadian Federation of Osteopaths). This college must meet or exceed the benchmark guidelines for osteopathic education as outlined by the WHO ”Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy” in 2010. For example, to meet the requirements of Type 1 education the college must provide a minimum of 4 years full time (4200 hours) with at least 1000 hours clinical training for students with no prior training in healthcare. Type 2 courses cover the same competencies as type 1 and are for students with a prior qualification in health care. Typically they are 1000 hours over five years including supervised clinical training and a research component. The WHO ”Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy” can be found here
  • Must be an ‘affiliate member’ of the Ontario Association of Osteopathic Manual Practitioners (OAO). Nova Scotia Association of Osteopaths (NSAO) works in affiliation with the Ontario Osteopathic Association of Manual Practitioners (OAO). For membership of the NSAO to be accepted, each prospective member should complete ‘affiliate membership’ with the OAO. Details for completing this process can be found at
  • Must have valid, professional liability insurance (min $2 million).
  • Must have proof of current certification in basic first aid and CPR. Only certification in accordance with Red Cross or St John will be accepted.
  • Members are expected to continue their professional development annually.




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