New study opportunities in Osteopathy announced

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Staffordshire University is adding to its suite of healthcare awards with degrees in Osteopathy. The new part-time awards, developed in partnership with College of Osteopaths, are designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need to become a registered Osteopath.

The awards will be run from the University's Stoke campus and we envisage that the course will appeal to people in work who are looking for a career change and who need to access study facilities out of hours and at weekends.

Staffordshire University is adding to its suite of healthcare awards with degrees in Osteopathy.

The new part-time awards, developed in partnership with College of Osteopaths, are designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge and qualifications they need to become a registered Osteopath.

People considering a career change and looking to find out more about the new awards are invited to attend Staffordshire University Open Day on Saturday November 13.

Linda Thompson, who led the negotiations for the University said: “We are delighted to welcome the osteopathy programme into the Faculty of Health’s expanding portfolio of health-related programmes.

“The fact that this M.Ost leads directly to the prospects of a job, and runs on a flexible part-time basis make it an especially good fit with the University’s strategic approach to widen access and link closely to employability.

“The awards will be run from the University’s Stoke campus and we envisage that the course will appeal to people in work who are looking for a career change and who need to access study facilities out of hours and at weekends.”

The College of Osteopaths currently run a BSc(Hons) Osteopathy programme at Keele University and students there are set to transfer over to Staffordshire University’s new M.Ost/B.Ost programme in September 2011.

Pat Hamilton, Principal of the College of Osteopaths, said: “This is great news for our students. The M.Ost/B.Ost programme will enable us to offer students the option to gain a higher level qualification, and the partnership with Staffordshire University gives our students the chance to benefit from university funding, making it more affordable.

“We will also be looking to develop a range of continuing professional development opportunities for students once they have completed their professional qualification.”

Programme Leader, Elizabeth Elander, anticipates a surge in interest in Osteopathy – treatment which is concerned with the role of the musculoskeletal system in health and disease.

She added: “The University campus is ideally situated close to Stoke railway station so this will make the programme more accessible to students who have long journeys, and the excellent campus facilities will enrich the student experience.”

Elizabeth will be attending the next Staffordshire University Open Day on Saturday 13th November at the Leek Road site to talk to prospective students about Osteopathy. To register for the Open Day visit the University's website.

The College of Osteopaths is the only Osteopathic Education Institution to offer a programme in the Midlands and North-West of the country.

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