Osteopathy

Expert Program
Master of Science (Osteopathie)

Expert Program

The university course, delivered in conjunction with the Vienna School of Osteopathy (WSO), provides comprehensive knowledge in the field of osteopathy. The syllabus includes the latest medical knowledge, current research findings and expands the repertoire of techniques that has been acquired in the previous osteopathic training.

Academic Practice

Goals

The students learn the fundamentals of academic practice in general, and the special requirements and methods of scientific work in osteopathy in particular.

Contents
  • Fundamentals of scientific work  (principles of good academic practice, research process, literature reviews, citation, descriptive statistics)
  • Fundamentals of scientific practice in osteopathy (evidence-based practice, study types, critical appraisal, inferential statistics)
Learning Results

On completion of the model you will know which fundamentals of academic practice must be applied, and you will be able to plan a simple research project by yourself.

ECTS-Points

15

Medical Fundamentals

Goals

The students are introduced to the fundamental medical fields relevant to osteopathy.

Contents
  • Basic medical fields  (neurology, gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry)
  • Pathology and differential diagnostics (clinical reasoning, differential diagnostics, clinical problem cases, ailments, repetitorium)
Learning Results

On completing this module you will have an overview of the medical fundamentals and know what methods from pathology and diagnostics are applied in osteopathy.

ECTS-Points

11

Osteopathic techniques

Goals

In this course module, core techniques in osteopathy are presented.

Contents
  • Parietal techniques
  • Cranial and visceral techniques (special cranial and visceral approaches, repetitorium)
Learning Results

Students learn the most important osteopathic techniques and how to apply these in practice.

ECTS-Points

9

Osteopathic Diagnostics and Treatment 1

Goals

Students learn the skills involved in osteopathic treatment concepts. 

Contents
  • Osteopathic treatment concepts (integrated osteopathic approach, evidence-informed osteopathy, respiratory-circulatory model)
  • Dealing with patients, psychosomatics
Learning Results

You will learn how to practice the treatment techniques on patients.

ECTS-Points

10

Clinical Practice

Contents

Clinical practice includes observation, application and reflection of osteopathic treatment on patients. It is conducted in part under supervision in the osteopathic teaching clinic and teaching practices, and in part in the own practice. Clinical practice must be documented in a practicum portfolio.

ECTS-Points

10

Literature Review

ECTS-Points

5

Master of Science (Osteopathie)

The university courses “Osteopathy,” delivered in conjunction with the Vienna School of Osteopathy (WSO), aim to comprehensively present osteopathy and all its facets, from the latest medical findings and current research to detailed medical background knowledge through to specific techniques in the cranial or visceral areas. The goal is to build on and enlarge the repertoire of techniques students acquired in their prior osteopathic training in all directions.

The university courses underpin students’ expert, professional and personal further development with a variety of in-depth scientific studies. The program focuses on applying the latest scientific findings to the respective specialist areas, and furnishing students with the required therapy skills. At the same time, the courses aim to establish the necessary connection between theory and practice in application-oriented areas of osteopathy.

Osteopathie - MSc

Academic Practice

Goals

The students learn the fundamentals of academic practice in general, and the special requirements and methods of scientific work in osteopathy in particular.

Contents
  • Fundamentals of scientific work  (principles of good academic practice, research process, literature reviews, citation, descriptive statistics)
  • Fundamentals of scientific practice in osteopathy (evidence-based practice, study types, critical appraisal, inferential statistics)
Learning Results

On completion of the model you will know which fundamentals of academic practice must be applied, and you will be able to plan a simple research project by yourself.

ECTS-Points

15

Applied methodology and journal club

Goals

Applied methodology and journal club

Contents
  • Applied methodology (planning academic studies, academic writing, presenting scientific research)
  • Journal Club  (critical appraisal of journals, peer reviewing master’s theses)
Learning Results

Learning how to use the applied methodology and the journal club

ECTS-Points

9

Medical Fundamentals

Goals

The students are introduced to the fundamental medical fields relevant to osteopathy.

Contents
  • Basic medical fields  (neurology, gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry)
  • Pathology and differential diagnostics (clinical reasoning, differential diagnostics, clinical problem cases, ailments, repetitorium)
Learning Results

On completing this module you will have an overview of the medical fundamentals and know what methods from pathology and diagnostics are applied in osteopathy.

ECTS-Points

11

Osteopathic techniques

Goals

In this course module, core techniques in osteopathy are presented.

Contents
  • Parietal techniques
  • Cranial and visceral techniques (special cranial and visceral approaches, repetitorium)
Learning Results

Students learn the most important osteopathic techniques and how to apply these in practice.

ECTS-Points

9

Osteopathic Diagnostics and Treatment 1

Goals

Students learn the skills involved in osteopathic treatment concepts. 

Contents
  • Osteopathic treatment concepts (integrated osteopathic approach, evidence-informed osteopathy, respiratory-circulatory model)
  • Dealing with patients, psychosomatics
Learning Results

You will learn how to practice the treatment techniques on patients.

ECTS-Points

10

Osteopathic diagnosis and Treatment 2

Goals

Students learn osteopathic treatment and fasciae concepts 

Contents
  • Osteopathic treatment concepts (treating systemic ailments with osteopathy, special treatment concepts)
  • Fasciae concepts
Learning Results

Implementing the learned osteopathic treatment and fasciae concepts.

ECTS-Points

11

Clinical Practice

Goals

Observing, applying and reflecting osteopathic treatments on patients

Contents
  • Practice (Observing, applying and reflecting osteopathic treatments on patients, partly under supervision in the osteopathic teaching clinic and teaching practices, and in part in the own practice. Clinical practice must be documented in a practicum portfolio.)
  • Consolidating practicum (consolidating observation, application and reflection of osteopathic treatment on patients, to be documented in a practicum portfolio)
Learning Results

Applying the observations, applications and reflections of osteopathic treatments on patients

ECTS-Points

35

Master-Thesis

ECTS-Points

20

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