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GOCO Standards of Membership

Before a member is registered they must submit proof of educational status as a DOMP / DO-MTP / DOMM / DOMT:

  • 3000 - 3600 Curriculum Hours in Osteopathy training from an accredited school;
  • plus 1000 hours Clinical Internship


  • Bachelor of Science or equivalent from an accredited school;
  • University-level Anatomy / Physiology / Pathology, Biochemistry;
  • Valid First-Aid and CPR diplomas.
  • Assessment of training / practical examination must be completed by applicant before acceptance by GOCO

Renewal of Membership:

  • Continuing education units are required for annual renewal of membership which are in the form of 20 CEU's in related courses.

GOCO's membership standards adhere to the World Health Organization's Benchmarks for Training in Osteopathy.

Scope of Practice©

The titles DO: Doctor of Osteopathy or Osteopathic Physician & DO-MTP, DOMM: Osteopath, are used by professionals in health diagnosis and treatment.

DO and DO-MTP / DOMP diagnose disorders and injuries of the musculoskeletal, circulatory and nervous systems and treat patients with manipulative therapy.

DO have full scope of practice in Canada, while DO-MTP/DOMP have limited scope of practice - to practice Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment or Osteopathic Manual Treatment.

A registered Osteopath works with any of the following:

  1. Evaluation - Direct Examination & Treatment
  2. Differential Diagnosis - Obtained in writing
  3. Direct Referral from a Doctor, Naturopath, Dentist, Chiropractor, or Podiatrist

Practice of Osteopathy Defined:

Osteopathic practice means the evaluation of persons with connective tissue disorders, which include injuries of the musculo-skeletal, circulatory and nervous systems, through the use of Osteopathic case history and palpation or treatment of persons by the use of connective tissue manipulation, therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise, postural counseling, nutritional counseling, and the use of the effective properties of physical therapy for the purpose of preventing, correcting, or alleviating a physical disability.

Osteopathic practice includes, but is not limited to, the treatment of contractures, muscle spasms, inflammation, scar tissue formation, adhesions, lesions, laxity, hypotonicity, rigidity, structural imbalance, bruising, contusions, muscular atrophy, and partial separation of connective tissue fibers.

Osteopathic practice also includes: (a) performance of specialized tests and measurements, (b) administration of specialized treatment procedures, (c) interpretation of referrals from licensed physicians, dentists, podiatrists, etc, (d) establishment and modification of Osteopathic treatment programs, and (e) supervision or teaching of Osteopathy.

A registered Osteopath shall refer to a licensed physician, dentist, or podiatrist any patient whose medical condition should, at the time of evaluation or treatment, be determined to be beyond the scope of practice of the Osteopath.


In order to be eligible for membership with the association, the applicant must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • Ontario Resident
  • Meet the GOCO Standards of Membership (shown above)
  • Proof of valid Liability Insurance (Errors & Omissions Insurance)

Please submit the following documents when applying for membership:

  • Completed registration form
  • Copies of all applicable diplomas / certificates / transcripts
  • One passport-sized photo
  • Two letters of reference from an Osteopath or other Regulated Health Professional
  • Please contact us for Registration / Renewal Fees

GOCO Membership Application Form

GOCO Renewal Form