Diploma Program


Orthopaedics: Instructor Gus Kandilas DOMP
Osteopathic pathophysiology: Dr. Brock, Lino Cedros, Dr. Shiraz, Dr. William Sutherland
Functional Neurology and Functional Medicine: Dr. Brandon Brock
Muscle Energy Technique: Dr. Mitchell DO and Kai Mitchell
Neurovascular/neurolymphatic reflexes: Lino Cedros
Cranial Instructor: John Coppinger DO
GOT: Sam Gibbs DOMP
Gynecology: Patricia Simard DO (Q)
Practical Course instructor; core curriculum: Eric Sanderson DOMP

Year 1

Practical Course 101 : Normalization of the Upper and Lower Extremities.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson

Practical Course 102: Normalization of the Joints of the axial skeleton
Instructor: Eric Sanderson, TBA
Osteopathic history, up to the present. What is an osteopathic lesion? Palpation discussion and introductory palpation exercises, concept what is the difference between functional testing and orthopedic or structural testing. Several movement tests and a limited number of movement induction tests will be taught.

Practical Course 103: Kinetic Chains Exercises of the Extremities.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
What Kinetics are and  how they work is explained. Exercises to target the kinetic chains of the extremity, their importance and what those movements represent is covered. Introduction to basic functional neurology as applies to kinetic exercises.

Practical Course 104: Kinetic Chain Exercises of the Spine.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
A Lecture on connectivity of the fascial system and those connections of the nervous system is given. Osteopathic concepts of therapeutic exercise.

Practical Course 105: Muscle Energy Technique (4 day course)
Instructor: Fred and Kai Mitchell
Instructors: Dr. Fred Mitchell and Kai Mitchell
MET course will cover evaluation and treatment of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine and rib cage regions in a detailed and systematic manner. Included is are history and principles of osteopathy, the history of MET, and the role MET plays within the osteopathic paradigm and updated evaluation methods.

Practical Course 106: Assessment and Normalization of the Thoracic diaphragm including Exercise.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Positions will be taught to address the various parts of the diaphragm, in terms of strengthening and stretching.  The lecture component includes: normalization and how that differs from stretching, state changes, biomechanics and tissue properties, elastic hysteresis, vs changes in muscle tone. There is also a neurology of muscle tone lecture.

Practical Course 107: Introduction to Functional Neurology
Instructor: Brandon Brock

Practical Course 108: Introduction to Traditional Cranial Osteopathy.
Instructor: Dr. John Coppinger
Introduction to classical osteopathic techniques: Osteopathic Functional Technique, Hoover technique and Sutherland techniques.

Special Course 109: Complexity theory and Traditional Osteopathic Assessment.
Special Instructor: Max Girardin
Teaching Assistant: Eric Sanderson
Complexity theory and assessment using ultrasonography, palpation, percussion and auscultation.

Year 2

Practical Course 201: Treatment of the Kinetic Chains of the Extremities.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
How to address every tissue of the extremities and understanding how kinetics function and how to assess fascia through osteopathic methods and reasoning processes.

Practical Course 202: Treatment of the Kinetic Chains of the Trunk and Pelvis.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
How to address every tissue of the trunk and understanding how kinetics function and how to assess fascia through osteopathic methods and reasoning processes.

Practical Course 203: Cranial Course A.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
The temporal bone and concepts of cranial biomechanics, lecture on the Jugular Foramen and the Vagus nerve, part A of the cranial Base.

Practical Course 204: GOT, and Divers
Instructor: Sam Gibbs

Practical Course 205: Cranial Course B.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Part B of the Cranial Base and the Cranial Vault (discussion of Brodman areas).

Practical Course 206: Functional Neurology 2                                                                                                                                    Instructor: Brandon Brock

Practical Course 207: Cranial Course C                                                                                                                                                 Instructor: Eric Sanderson                                                                                                                                                                                             The Facial Bones, and reflexogenic relationships in the cranium. Introduction to the gorge.

Course 208: Functional Neurology 3, and Functional Neurological exam                                                                                 Instructor: Dr. Brandon Brock

Year 3

Practical Course 301: Visceral Course Digestive System A.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Introduction to visceral reflexogenic systems and vascular dynamics of the abdomen. Auscultation and percussion continued from previous courses.

Practical Course 302: Visceral Course, Digestive System B.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Blood and serosa fluid flow in the abdomen, discussion of sub serous layer. Spleen, pancrease and peritoneum, discussion of sub serous layer and fascia of the abdomen.

Practical Course 303: Visceral Reflexes of the Abdomen
Instructor: Lino Cedros and Eric Sanderson
Chapmans’s and Bennet’s reflexes and discussion of the enteric nervous system.

Practical Course 304: Visceral Course Cardio Respiratory
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Auscultation and percussion of the rib cage review A.

Practical Course 305: Structural Corrections of the Pelvis Part A.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Mechanics and movement testing of the pelvis.

Practical Course 306: Structural Corrections of the Pelvis Part B, and Lumbar Spine.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Review of Concepts of Tissue Normalization.

Practical Course 307: Structural Corrections of the Thoracic Spine and Rib Cage Part C.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Advanced clinical skills and assessment.

Practical Course 308: Treatment of the Pelvic floor, Kidney, bladder and Introduction to Gynecology.
Instructor: Patricia Simard

Year 4

Practical 401: Visceral Reflexes of the rib Cage, Chapman’s and Bennett’s reflexes.
Instructors: Eric Sanderson and Lino Cedros.

Practical 402: Normalization of the Cardio-Respiratory Area
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Advanced normalization with considerations for influences on the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, and with advanced palpation exercises.

Practical 403: Normalization of the TMJ, Normalization of the Thyroid and Larynx.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Written Exams A.

Practical 404: Tests and Corrections of the Cervical Spine, Clinical Skills, and Implications of the VOR on Cervical Spinal Mechanics.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Practical Exam A.
Tests include vertebral artery tests, lying and seated.

Practical Course 405: Corrections of the Upper Cervical Spine.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
Review of structural techniques of the entire spine, advanced corrections of the spine, lecture on use of short lever versus long lever corrections.

Practical Course 406: Cranial Course Cranial Fluid dynamics.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
The course will explain what controls blood flow to the brain and the head, reflexology and referral pain in head. Neurology and blood flow with emphasis on the cerebellum, and cranial blood flow will be covered. Also, cranial ventricles and concussions, immunology theory and immunology with osteopathic relations will be covered.

Practical Course 407: Venous Sinuses and Cranial Pressures, Including Blood Flow into Cranium and Out of the Cranium.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson
The study of how whole system treatment influences cranial fluid pressures and how structural treatment of the thoracic and cervical spines relate to management of TBI (theory, blood pressure and endocranial fluid dynamics, including intraocular, palpation and other tests of intra-occular pressures as indicative to cranial fluid dynamics).

Integration Course 408: Functional Neurology Exam.
Instructor: Dr. Brandon Brock
Teaching Assistants: Eric Sanderson and Sam Gibbs

Research Course 1 Course 409: Literature Review and Other Key Concepts for Research.
Instructor: Eric Sanderson, William Sutherland
Final Written Exams B. Experimental design from a conventional and an osteopathic perspective, paper presentation.

Year 5

Practical Course 501: Functional Biochemistry and Functional Haematology
Instructor: Dr. Brandon Brock
Teaching Assistants: Eric Sanderson, and Sam Gibbs
Concepts of treating the whole person

Practical Course 502: Vestibular Rehab and Concepts of Functional Medicine and Functional Neurology.
Instructor: Dr. Brandon Brock
Teaching Assistants: Eric Sanderson, and Sam Gibbs

Practical Course 503: Pediatrics, Obstetrics, and Gynecology.
Instructor: Patricia Simard

504 Exams
Final Exams Practical and written, research project presentation, specialty choice (optional), clinical synthesis or case studies. Synthesis of previous studies, in neurology and fascial biomechanics

505 Research Final
Research Project Presentation

Presentation of Diploma

Specialty Program Presentation and choice selection

*Specialty Programs: taught in a format of the professor’s choice and consisting of approximately 80-100 hours and tests they deem appropriate. These elective courses are not required for the diploma but highly recommended.

Sport Medicine (Sam Gibbs)

Advanced Cranial with osteopathic interpretations of functional neurology (Eric Sanderson, not available until 2022)

Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Paediatrics (Patricia Simard Ob-Gyn), Paediatrics JG (TBC)

Traditional Cranial Osteopathy – John Coppinger

Functional Neuro/Biochemistry and Integrative Medicine (Brandon Brock)

Final Presentation of Specialty Program Certificate

Topic list:
stretch reflex
fast stretch
skin pinch reflexes
concepts of tissues, what tissues are addressed and how
layers and dimensions
Sub serous layer
visceral reflexes
what is biomechanics
inhibition and reciprocal inhibition
Chapman’s and Bennett’s reflexes
tendinous inhibition Strain Counter-Strain principles

**Instructors may change depending on availability.
***There is an exam on the first morning of every class that includes the material covered in the last previous course. For the first and second year there will be 1 day per class devoted to orthopaedics (orthopedic assessment and joint end field tests) until it’s completion.