Registration Requirements

Registration Requirements

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 the
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
    Osteopathy School

    In the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, osteopathic manual practitioners work as
    autonomous health professionals who have the authorization to open their own independently owned
    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
    OMPs possess 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 osteopathy
    with decency, integrity, honesty and in accordance with the law, has sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment
    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
    offences, findings or professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity, and findings of malpractice or
    professional 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
    and current.

    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 institution. If
      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 graduated
      from an accredited osteopathic education program.

    • Two photos of the applicant.

    • Confirmation of Canadian citizenship, permanent residency or authorization under the Immigration
      and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) to practice the profession.

    • Completed application.

    • Applicant fee of $500 for board examinations (non-refundable).