Karen McDonald M.Ost Osteopathy

What did you do prior to studying at Swansea University?

I was previously a Diagnostic Radiographer and Sonographer, then after having my three children became a nursery nurse at my children’s primary school.

Why did you choose to study at Swansea University?

I chose Swansea because I live locally, and when I came to Swansea University I loved the cosmopolitan feel of the campus: it is not far from where I live, but it felt like a completely different city.

Can you tell us about your course?

The Osteopathy course teaches many skills, with much of the course comprising of practical classes learning osteopathic skills. Other topics included are psychology, sociology, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology and therapeutics and business planning. I had previously studied anatomy and physiology for Radiography but the level knowledge required to become an Osteopath was much higher than I expected and far more in-depth than my previous study. The course is really a “full on” experience, not much free time, but quite addictive in the desire to gain knowledge. 

What part of the course do you/did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed working in the Osteopathy Clinic, there is nothing to compare to the feeling you get when you help a patient to a 100% recovery with just your hands-on treatment and a little advice.

What’s been your highlight whilst studying at Swansea University?

I have enjoyed being part of a small number of students in my year, and part of the student Osteopath community within the wider university.

What are your plans/hopes for the future?

I intend to volunteer my Osteopathic skills to a local cancer charity that offers care to cancer patients so I can bring Osteopathy to people who might benefit from the holistic, hands-on approach to healthcare that Osteopathy can offer.

How will your studies help you pursue your chosen profession?

I have gained lots of experience treating patients in the University Osteopathy Clinic as well as within the NHS where students on the Osteopathy course treat patients referred from the Musculoskeletal Clinic in SA1.

Would you recommend Swansea University to other students?

The benefit of studying Osteopathy in a University is having all the University services available to students. I would recommend Swansea University to other students because of the quality of teaching, also the dedication and enthusiasm of the Osteopathy team. The course has been revised and improved each year; feedback from students has been listened to and acted upon, making studying Osteopathy at Swansea an enjoyable and rewarding experience.