Bachelor's program in Osteopathy introduced

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First bachelor's degree in osteopathy introduced

The largest osteopathic association in Germany, the Verband der Osteopathen Deutschland e.V. (VOD), published a statement a few days ago that there will be the first undergraduate bachelor's degree in osteopathy in Germany from the 2011 winter semester.

Together with the declaration, the VOD invites you to an information event and press conference in early February. Speakers are the chair of the VOD, Marina Ch. Fuhrmann D.O., the vice president and dean of the health department of the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences in Idstein, Prof. Dr. med. Achim Jockwig, and Prof. Bernhard Meyer from the Commission for Distance Learning-Oriented Teaching at the Evangelische Fachhochschule Darmstadt.

Jockwig presents the course in osteopathy, which will take place at the Fresenius University of Applied Sciences, in the context of the academicization of the therapeutic professions. Meyer will report on the background and the career of the bachelor's program, which is to span eight semesters. And Marina Fuhrmann, as a functionary in the field of osteopathy, but also as a practicing therapist, reports on the university entrance qualification for osteopathy in Germany.

Osteopathy course open to students with a college degree or high school diploma
The course is open to those with university entrance qualifications, such as students with a university of applied sciences and high school graduates, and participants in the course are even qualified for BaföG in individual cases. According to the Bologna criteria, this course of osteopathy is recognized and a consecutive master's course is planned, which would then take over a year.

This course runs diametrically against the ideas of the Federal Association of Independent Physiotherapists IfK e.V. The IfK had only declared the day before that no special osteopath profession was needed in Germany. The association favors further training and the integration of osteopathy into everyday practice for physiotherapists and doctors.

With the current result of the efforts of the VOD, the course could possibly be set in Germany for a new professional policy. After all, the independent practice of osteopathy in first contact was often a reason for physiotherapists to "make the alternative practitioner". It remains to be seen how the course in osteopathy will be accepted and whether for both professional groups, physiotherapists and naturopaths, the course will result in disadvantages in terms of practical competition and in terms of membership.

In Germany, osteopathy seems to have soared for years. Surveys among osteopathic practitioners show that the most common reasons for patients to use osteopathy are musculoskeletal complaints such as back pain, shoulder pain or knee pain. (tf, 01/28/2011)

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