The registration requirements for osteopathic manual practitioners who are interested in becoming a
member of ONNL are listed below. The requirements
are the same for all applicants whether trained
domestically or internationally.
Successful completion of the requirements for registration demonstrates that an applicant has fulfilled
essential competencies to become registered with ONNL.
Prospective members must complete the following before becoming registered with ONNL:
Graduate from an accredited WHO compliant manual osteopathy school (this requirement is non-
Successfully complete the ONNL's knowledge-based and clinical competency examinations.
Successfully complete ONNL's Legislation and Ethics examination.
Provide evidence of good character.
Be able to speak and write English or French with reasonable fluency.
Obtain a certificate in level C first aid and Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Maintain professional liability protection.
Graduation from an Accredited Manual
In the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, osteopathic manual practitioners
autonomous health professionals who have the authorization to open their own
private osteopathic clinics, see patients without a referral
from a family physician, communicate a manual
osteopathic diagnosis within the
osteopathy scope of practice and perform osteopathic manual therapy
(OMT). It is essential that registered osteopathic manual practitioners have the appropriate level of
education required for this level of responsibility. The ONNL
(ONNL) is committed to defining international
educational standards and ensuring their adoption and
maintenance by accredited manual osteopathy schools.
Successful Completion of ONNL's Knowledge
-Based and Clinical Competency Examinations
One way in which ONNL ensures that registered osteopathic manual practitioners provide high quality,
competent and ethical care to the Newfoundland and Labrador public is by using a consistent, objective
and defensible standard for all applicants who wish to become registered by ONNL in the province of
Newfoundland and Labrador, no matter where they have completed their education.
Successful Completion of ONNL's Legislation
and Ethics Examination
It is essential for registered osteopathic manual practitioners to be familiar with and understand the
legislation, regulations and standards of practice that govern the osteopathic profession in Newfoundland
and Labrador. ONNL's Legislation and Ethics Examination provides a mechanism to help ensure that
this knowledge when applying for registration.
this knowledge when applying for registration.
Provide Evidence of Good Character
Applicants must provide evidence that their past and present conduct must afford reasonable grounds for
belief that the applicant is mentally and physically competent to practice osteopathy, will practice
with decency, integrity, honesty and in accordance with the law, has sufficient knowledge, skill
to engage in osteopathy and will display professional behaviour.
Applicants are required to demonstrate this good conduct and character by disclosing to ONNL all past
findings or professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, and findings of malpractice or
negligence. Applicants moving from another jurisdiction must provide a letter of good standing
from all jurisdictions in which they have practiced manual osteopathy
or been registered as an osteopathic
manual practitioner (OMP). All applicants sign a declaration that all information provided is true, complete
Be Able to Speak and Write English or French
with Reasonable Fluency
Applicants are required to demonstrate a minimum level of communication skill in either English or French
as a requirement to providing effective care to the public of Newfoundland and Labrador. Fluency in either of
these languages is demonstrated by successful completion of ONNL's Legislation and Ethics Examination.
Professional Liability Protection
The requirement to be personally insured against professional liability applies to all health professionals in
Newfoundland and Labrador. Osteopathic manual practitioners are required to maintain professional liability
protection to protect themselves and patients from any possible acts of malpractice, professional negligence,
professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity.
Candidates are responsible for paying the following fees when applying for a General (ie. active) class of
license with ONNL:
- ONNL Board Examination (Legislation and Ethics as Well as Knowledge-Based and Clinical
Competency) Fee: $500
- ONNL Application Fee: $60
- Annual ONNL Registration Fee First Year: $400
Documents for Registration
Candidates must supply ONNL with the following documentation:
- Official or notarized copies of all transcripts from an accredited osteopathic educational
such a transcript is unavailable due to extenuating circumstances, in the
pinion of the Registration
Committee, the candidate must otherwise satisfy the Registration Committee that he/she
from an accredited osteopathic education program.
- Two photos of the applicant.
- Confirmation of Canadian citizenship, permanent residency or authorization under the Immigration
Protection Act (Canada) to practice the profession.
- Completed application.
- Applicant fee of $500 for board examinations (non-refundable).