The IAO® was founded in 1987 by Michel Janssens († 1995), Grégoire Lason and Luc Peeters. In the same year, the first training courses were started in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. Over the years, the IAO® has grown into the largest academy of osteopathy in Europe. The IAO® has a rich history:
On January 4, the IAO opens its brand new campus "Portalis" at Bollebergen 2B, 9052 Ghent.
Luc Peeters will leave the IAO® on 8 February, completely unexpectedly and without giving a reason. Only Grégoire Lason remains of the founders. Together with his administrative and academic team, he remains highly motivated and starts building IAO 2.0.
On Wednesday March 13, 2019, the Danish government presented the very first official recognitions to osteopaths. That all 9 osteopaths who were the first to receive this Danish recognition are IAO Alumni makes us very proud.
A Post Academic Module (PAM) "Sports Osteopathy" is started in Ghent and in Copenhagen. This allows DOs to obtain both the Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) in Sports Osteopathy and the Master of Science in Osteopathy awarded by Buckinghamshire New University "BUCKS".
From now on, we also work with BUCKS for our modular training (in Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and Switzerland) and our PAMs (in Belgium, Denmark and Switzerland). This means that students who successfully complete the modular course now also obtain the Master of Science in Osteopathy in addition to the DO diploma.
On May 15, 2018, a legal framework was established in Denmark for the profession of osteopath and osteopathy.
The mark of 2,600 students has been exceeded.
The full-time Master of Science is accredited by Buckinghamshire New University.
The renewed curriculum of the full-time Bachelor of Science is accredited by Buckinghamshire New University (BUCKS). 2016
The IAO® publishes several articles in peer review journals.
The IAO® organizes congress ICROM 2 in Munich.
The IAO® organizes congress ICROM 1 in Ghent.
Historical victory in Switzerland: the IAO® has enforced recognition of part-time modular training at the Swiss Federal Supreme Court in order to equate this part-time modular training with full-time training. At the same time, the Swiss Federal Supreme Court also recognizes the IAO® bachelor's degree as equivalent to a Swiss bachelor's degree. In Switzerland, the name osteopath (Osteopath) is protected by the government. Only therapists who have taken the inter-cantonal exam for the Swiss conference, composed of the directors and directors of the cantonal health administration, may call themselves osteopaths. In order to work independently, osteopaths must successfully complete a full-time course of 5 years and, moreover, have worked for 2 years as an assistant to a Swiss osteopath with a GDK diploma. This period should be concluded with a positive evaluation. The IAO® has now succeeded in obtaining recognition for its part-time modular training as equivalent to a full-time training following the Swiss example.
Accreditation of the Master program in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences - Tirol by the German accreditation organization AHPGS. This makes the 120-credit full-master fully compliant with the Bologna Process. Unique in Europe!
The IAO® enters into a partnership with Buckinghamshire New University (London). This university accredits the first three Bachelor years of the full-time program and awards the Bachelor of Science with Honors in Osteopathic Studies. The subsequent 2-year accredited Master degree program is organized in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences which has the degree of MSc.Ost. hands out.
On 7 October 2014, the Review Committee of the Center for Post-Initial Education in the Netherlands (CPION) issued a positive advice on the curriculum of The International Academy of Osteopathy® in the context of the PLATO learning outcomes. For the IAO® graduates of the full-time program, this means that in addition to their academic degree, they now also obtain the important certificate “Medical Basic Knowledge”. For the IAO®, this means that the school is registered with the Dutch Higher Education Foundation. This is unique in the Netherlands for an osteopathy school.
The IAO® changes the full-time course from a 4-year course (BSc. (Hons) Ost. to a 5-year course completely in accordance with the Bologna process.
The IAO® starts a modular course for osteopathy in Cairo, Egypt. The first cohort of students consists of more than 40 participants.
The IAO® establishes its 16th training place in Germany. Osteopathy courses are now provided in 16 German cities, two Austrian cities, courses in Denmark and Switzerland. 2500 students follow their training and education at the IAO® and the IAO® now has a teaching team of 150 teachers and assistants.
In collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences, the IAO® organizes the Master course in Innsbruck, Berlin and Ghent.
25 students (mainly IAO® teachers) graduate as Master of Science in Osteopathy MSc.Ost.
The IAO® enters into a partnership with the University of Applied Science - Tirol (fhg). In collaboration with this university, the IAO organizes a Master of Science course in Osteopathy (120 credits). The first cohort of students will start in October 2009.
The IAO® is recognized by NUFFIC, which means that Dutch students receive subsidies and student grants from the Dutch state.
The IAO® is recognized by the Flemish Government as a training provider in the context of the KMO portfolio.
The full-time degree at IAO® is accredited by the University of Wales. This accreditation becomes a reality through external audits and supervision of “external examiners”. The students obtain the BSc. (Hons) Ost. after a 4-year course.
Start of an academic partnership with the University of Wales.
The IAO® achieves the quality standard ISO-9001 in “Osteopathic Training and Education”. This was unique for a school in Europe.
The political situation in Belgium prevents the interpretation of the Colla Act. The law is not further elaborated as described. 1999
The Belgian Federal Parliament votes on the "Non-conventional medicine law / Colla law". This is a framework law to regulate osteopathy, acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic. The IAO® plays an active role in this process.
All IAO® osteopath teachers obtain the BSc. (Hons) Ost. at the University of Westminster.
The IAO® achieves the quality standard ISO-9008 in “Osteopathic Training and Education”. This is unique for a school in Europe.
14 teachers of the IAO® receive the academic degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honors) in Osteopathic Medicine (BSc. (Hons) Ost.Med. At the University of Westminster.
Intense contact with BCOM (British College of Osteopathic Medicine) with the aim of accelerating the academic development of the program.
Michel Janssens, one of the three founders, dies in Brussels. A big loss!
Start of the full-time course in Ghent. The program is full-time and lasts 5 years.
The number of contact hours (900 hours at the start) was increased to 1250 contact hours.
Establishment of the IAO® as a postgraduate training institute for physiotherapists and physicians wishing to study osteopathy. Founders: Michel Janssens (†) Grégoire Lason Luc Peeters. The school grew and became the largest osteopathic institute in Europe.
IAO® issued the DO diploma (DO) from the start.
A rich history!