Academic organisation and osteopathy training module

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Course duration

Five years of study are required for you to succeed and become an osteopath, but these are five years rich in diversity but always oriented towards the practical and clinical skills you will need during your career.

The professional training offered by the CIDO is a full-time course that brings together theory and practice right from the start. The programme comprises 4,860 hours of teaching, including the 1,500 hours spent under close supervision in the CIDO clinic during which the future osteopath will carry out a minimum of 150 consultations, the required number of consultations necessary to meet legal requirements for validation of the course.

Accompanying students every step of the way

The small number of students and the high staff levels means that we really know our students and can ensure that each student receives the help and support they require.

This is facilitated by:

  • The professional excellence and pedagogic skills of our tutors and lecturers: RNCP level 1 qualified osteopaths, doctors, scientists, researchers, health care professionals
  • The dynamism and availability of the entire teaching and administrative staff
  • The CIDO’s Quality Charter that defines continuous improvement as a goal for management, teaching staff and students alike.

The teaching programme

The Ministry for Higher Education and the Ministry for Health have jointly laid out the framework for the teaching of the skills required by osteopaths in France. The programme offered by the CIDO not only meets these criteria but also the recommendations made by the World Health Organisation and the norms required for eligibility to the ERASMUS programme.

Osteopathy training modules

The osteopathy training modules taught by the CIDO meet all the legal requirements laid own by ministerial decree and offer its students the guarantee of a training programme of the very highest quality that is perfectly adapted to the needs of the future osteopath in the exercise of his profession.


There exist two types of assessment at CIDO:

  • Testing of acquired theoretical knowledge and practical skills in line with the priorities of the teaching programme.
  • Skills assessment from a portfolio added to throughout the entire programme, detailing formal test results, acquired skills, validation of consultations in our clinical and the local hospital with at least 150 consultations in our clinic required to validate the programme, presentation of the student’s professional project and their final year research dissertation.

These assessments meet the legal requirements for osteopathy training and those of the ERASMUS programme, notably by the use of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System).

Read more about the osteopathy training programme at CIDO or the organisation of the 5 year osteopathy course.