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Research year



Following completion of their five academic years, the students begin their research. This year of research forms the foundation upon which students become able to integrate the material they studied in the previous four years—and to consolidate their knowledge through practical application. Moreover, this period is an opportunity for students to help advance the field of Osteopathy through their original research.
 
Because there are no classroom hours during this year of independent study, there are no tuition fees. The thesis is independent study of the student's choice and may take the form of qualitative or quantitative research. It may be conducted in the fields of osteopathic philosophy or experimental research or in the clinical application of osteopathic theory and techniques.
 
Prior to embarking upon this research, the student submits a plan for the proposed research—known as a protocol. A small panel of jurors reviews the protocol and provides helpful suggestions. The student is guided throughout the research by a faculty member, a former graduate, an approved Osteopathic Manual Practitioner from another institution, or a researcher approved by the college who holds a PhD in a related field. The CCO's philosophy embraces the ideal that it is through this one-to-one relationship that the student and the instructor both profit personally and academically.
 
The student's research does not go unnoticed. The international jury, before whom the research is presented, is chaired by either a world-renowned Osteopathic Manual Practitioner or osteopathic researcher. Copies of the research theses are housed in libraries of the German, Montreal, and Toronto branches of the Association of Traditional Osteopathic Colleges of Canada.
 
In addition, some CCO research is housed in the libraries of the Still National Osteopathic Museum in Kirksville, Missouri; the American Osteopathic Association; and the British School of Osteopathy. Other research has been published in overseas journals or is under consideration for publication in major peer-reviewed journals.
 
As a result of the osteopathic research of Pierre Bachand, DC, DO, of Nova Scotia in 1997, Osteopathic Manual Practitioners are now exempt from charging goods and services taxes on their services.
 
Prizes for excellence in research are awarded annually. Selected winners of these prizes are invited to present their research at one of the annual international symposiums offered by the ATOCC member colleges.