Degree Programme in Osteopathy

Degree Programme in Osteopathy in Finnish

Osteopaths are able to reliably examine people of different ages and safely use diverse manual techniques when treating patients. Osteopathic treatment typically involves gentle manual techniques that take the functions of the joints into account.

Objectives of the degree programme

The training aims to develop osteopathic examination, treatment skills and to enable continuous professional development.

Students internalise the general ethical view on treatment within health care and are aware of key legislation relating to health care practice. The objective is for students to be capable of constructive cooperation with other health care professionals and of developing their own professional field at work. The studies furthermore aim to provide thorough knowledge of the functions of the human body and the musculoskeletal system and to develop good palpation skills.

Students learn different procedures for examining and diagnosing functional musculoskeletal disorders and become aware of relevant differential diagnostics. Osteopaths key professional competence covers detailed knowledge of the anatomy, physiology and different pathological processes of the musculoskeletal system. Osteopaths also learn basic knowledge and techniques of visceral and cranial osteopathy. This competence is based on studies in anatomy, physiology and pathology focusing on the viscera and cranium.

Characteristics required by the training

Future Osteopaths are expected to be interested in human wellbeing in a holistic way. Osteopaths see the human as a psychosomatic whole and is adapt at making close contact and communicating sensitively with the patient in a treatment situation. Active and independent personality is helpful when working as self-employed person.

The profession and its tasks

Osteopaths are specialists in the clinical examination and manual treatment of the human musculoskeletal system and its functions.

Osteopaths work as private practitioners in their own place or in private doctor´s office or at rehabilitation centers. Osteopaths treat patients of all ages suffering from functional musculoskeletal diseases. Reception typically consists careful interview from symptoms, examination of the problem area and treatment. Follow-up treatment often comprises the instruction of customers in posture, stabilization, coordination and muscle power exercises and health education.

Osteopathy is based on manual diagnostics and the development of therapy, which have been practiced for over a century.

The curriculum follows Finnish and international guidelines for the training of Osteopaths.

Our international partners and activities

The Degree Programme in Osteopathy collaborates intensively within the Osteopathic European Academic Network OsEAN and its various member schools. Students have the opportunity to apply for one week long exchange visits at the member schools, and we welcome students from the member schools during the annual International Week at the Faculty for Human Welfare and Functioning, which is usually held in March.

We encourage our students to participate in international exchanges and conferences, and every course traditionally visits the European School of Osteopathy ESO in Maidstone during their third year of study.

Erasmus partners

Our Erasmus partner schools are the Institut des Hautes Études Ostéopathiques IdHEO in Nantes and Centre Européen d' Enseignement Supérieur de l'Ostéopathie CEESO in Lyon and Paris. We have engaged in teacher exchanges, and students have the opportunity to apply for exchanges.

Positia - teaching clinic

Our students are practising in the teaching clinic Positia under the supervision of teachers during the last two years of study.

Contact information

Questions related to exchanges, visits and post graduate courses:

Sandra Rinne
Head of Osteopathy
Tel. + 358 40 159 1759
sandra.rinne metropolia fi


Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Vanha viertotie 23
00350 Helsinki, FINLAND


Tuition in Finnish

Tuition in this degree programme is only in Finnish.

We have also six Bachelor's degree programmes and five Master's degree programmes conducted in English. Check the programmes and application instructions


Post graduate courses

Upcoming course with Jean-Pierre Barral D.O.

The next seminar with Jean-Pierre Barral in co-operation with the Russian Academy of Osteopathic Medicine RAOMED will be held in the fall of 2018. The topic of this seminar will be announced later.

Osteopaths' professional practice rights in Finland

National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health (Valvira) grants, upon application, the right to practice as a licenced or authorised professional and authorises the use of the occupational title osteopath.


Metropolia’s Innovation Projects

During their studies, students of Metropolia have to participate in one of Metropolia’s Innovation projects, which are cross-curriculum in nature and aimed at simulating real working life situations.

Minno is the place for you if you - student, teacher, associate or innovator - wish to contribute your idea, help with other ideas, announce that you wish to participate in future or ongoing projects or just browse through the completed projects to learn their lessons.