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What is the Difference between Osteopathic Therapist and Osteopathic Physician

Osteopathic Therapist - A person who has achieved the nationally recognized academic and professional standards within her or his country to independently practice acute, chronic and preventative healthcare using diagnosis and treatment which is based upon the principles of osteopathic philosophy. Individual countries establish the national academic and professional standards for osteopaths practicing within their countries.1

Osteopathic Physician - A person with full scope of medical practice rights and who has achieved the nationally recognized academic and professional standards within his or her country to practice acute, chronic and preventative healthcare using diagnosis and treatment which is based upon the principles of osteopathic philosophy. Individual countries establish the national academic and professional standards for osteopathic physicians practicing within their countries.1

1World Health Organization (WHO) Draft Guidelines on Basic Training and Safety in Osteopathy, February 2006.