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Studying Osteopathy

Currently there are no educational institutions offering a course in Osteopathy in South Africa.

Due to lack of finance and the small number of Osteopaths in South Africa who would be eligible to teach on an undergraduate program, it is unlikely that any courses will be offered in the near future.

Osteopathy can be studied in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Russia, Belgium and other countries as a stand alone qualification. Most of these countries offer Osteopathy at Bachelors or Masters Degree Level.

In the United States and Canada, Osteopathy can be studied as a specialty as part of an M.D. qualification.

For further information on studying Osteopathy abroad, visit……….



Tel: 039 978 3340



Dr Alan Nigel Pitchford was recently appointed chairman of the Osteopathic Association of South Africa.

Nigel gained his honours degree in Osteopathic Medicine from the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine (UK), in 2002, and was subsequently admitted to the register of the General Osteopathic Council(UK) in 2003.

He was an associate in group practice in Surrey for two years and established a practice in Wimbledon, London. Upon arrival in South Africa in 2006 he setup practice in Scottburgh, and shortly after this opened rooms in Umhlanga. He currently practises in both Westville and Scottburgh, in Kwa Zulu-Natal.

Nigel is registered with the 'Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa' as an Osteopath, and with the 'Health and Care Professions Council UK' as an Operating Department Practitioner.

As a member of 'Pain SA' he assists with pain team clinics at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH), Durban, South Africa. "