The methods by which a student’s knowledge is tested at the CIDO meet all the statutory requirements as laid down in the ministerial decrees dated March 2007 regarding osteopathy training as well as the principles laid out in the Declaration of Bologna and its subsequent recommendation for the use of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).


The competence, ability and theoretical knowledge of a student at a designated pedagogic level with its declared objectives can be tested in various ways :

  • Theoretical examinations
  • Practical examinations
  • Validation of clinical training periods

The modular curriculum as laid out in the ministerial decree of 25th March 2007 regarding osteopathy training is carried out over several years.

It is therefore vital to verify the student’s knowledge regularly (semestrially) to ensure that he is making consistent progress. There are two ways to carry out this testing :

  • As modules spread throughout the semester that, when the student has completed them successfully gives him a number of ECTS credits,
  • As exams at the end of a cycle when all the subjects in the curriculum have been covered; the successful student then receives a diploma.

Continuous assessment and final exams

A student’s abilities and acquired knowledge can be monitored through continuous assessment, final exams or a mixture of these two methods.

CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT ensures that the student works regularly, can monitor his own progress and present himself for his exams, well-prepared and calm– no cramming necessary !

THE FINAL EXAM tests all the subjects taught during a period.

Validation of one Teaching Module per year

At the end of each semester, the student must validate his theoretical and practical modules and prove that he has enough knowledge to be allowed into the next year. The exams are selective, particularly with regards subjects directly related to osteopathy.

Validation of a year through the credit system

Credits are awarded when assessment shows that a student has reached the required level of theoretical knowledge or practical competence.
The full teaching curriculum to be covered during one year allows a maximum of 60 credits to be awarded. Validation of a year requires the acquisition of at least 48 ECTS credits.

Validation through Training Units or Diploma Units

The contents of the units that make up the curriculum are spread throughout the course and are in accordance with the decrees relating to the training of osteopaths dated the 25th March 2007.

Once all the subjects included in a curriculum unit have been taught, these units can be validated by means of an examination as laid down in the ministerial decree. Thus, there are final exams covering the contents of :

  • Units 3 & 6 at the end of P3
  • Units 4 & 5 at the end of D1
  • Units 1, 2, A, B & C at the end of D2