Board Examinations

To be considered for registration, candidates must apply for registration with NSOA and successfully complete the following:

  1. NSOA Knowledge-Based Board Examinations;
  2. NSOA Clinical Competency Board Examinations; and
  3. NSOA Legislation and Ethics Board Examination.

Applicants will take all required board examinations within the same week. NSOA board examination results take approximately up to four weeks to process. Upon successful completion of the board examinations NSOA will send candidates an application form to be completed for membership.

NSOA offers the examinations three times per year.
If a candidate is unsuccessful at passing the board examinations, he/she will be given an opportunity to write a supplemental examination at the next available sitting of the examination or at an earlier date. A candidate is given as many opportunities as required to successfully pass the examination.

If a candidate wishes to appeal his/her result of the examinations, he/she may do so in writing to the attention of the Registration Committee. The Registration Committee will review this appeal and will respond to the candidate in writing. A response to an appeal may include, upholding the examination result, modifying the result on the basis of the appeal, modifying the examination for future sittings or any other response in the discretion of the Registration Committee, consistent with NSOA policy.

Examination Fee

The fee for the NSOA examinations is $500 (Canadian funds only). Payment is by certified cheque, money order, personal or business cheque only. Please make your payment to the Nova Scotia Association of Manual osteopath.

Study Materials

NSOA will provide candidates with study material (regulations, standards of practice, policies, guidelines, etc.) upon receipt of the examination application fee. In addition to the academic and examination requirements, an applicant must:

  1. Have not been found guilty of an offence that is relevant to the applicant’s suitability to practice manual osteopathy;
  2. Be able to speak and write English or French with reasonable fluency. This requirement is tested by an applicant successfully completed the required board examinations;
  3. Be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or authorized under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, 2001 (Canada) to engage in the practice of the manual osteopathy profession.

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