All accredited osteopathic programs are five years full-time and at the completion of which graduates may be eligible for registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia and the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand. Suitably qualified candidates who have a relevant degree may apply to have their prior learning assessed and have a shortened study pathway. Accreditation of pre-registration osteopathic degree programs is the responsibility of the Australian & New Zealand Osteopathic Council.
Osteopathy is practised world wide, for information on the regulatory framework in other countries useful information is to be found in the Countries Directory of the Osteopathic International Alliance.
Osteopathic programs are offered at the Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales and in Melbourne, at either the RMIT University or Victoria University. Student Osteopaths as future members of the osteopathic profession are eligible for membership of the Student Osteopathic Medicine Association (SOMA)
Osteopaths do not stop learning after registration. It is a requirement of all registered health care professionals to maintain and develop their skills in practice. Osteopathy Australia supports members in their life long learning through offering professional development activities and many osteopaths undertake formal tertiary level qualifications in practice.