About Bowen College

Bowen College is the first Canadian school to offer courses covering the full range of knowledge and clinical skills necessary to optimally practice the BowenFirst™. Our outstanding local and international instructors have pooled their collective years of experience into an exciting new curriculum that carries forward Tom Bowen’s original vision. Our mission is to deliver excellence in Bowen training and education so that more people will be able to experience the many health benefits that Bowen therapy provides.

Mission Statement of Bowen College

Our mission is to deliver excellence in Bowen training and education by inviting top Bowen practitioners and instructors from around the world to share their knowledge and expertise. In keeping with our mission, we seek to provide an exciting learning milieu which encourages greater Bowen therapy knowledge as taught by our diverse and highly qualified instructors. This sharing of Bowen wisdom facilitates our vision of standardization for Bowen training and education throughout North America. Bowen College is the foundation for the growth of a continent-wide network of competent Bowen practitioners and instructors.

1. Code of Ethics

Bowen College is a Private Institution of higher learning dedicated to the education and training of Bowen Therapists and Bowen Practitioners. Bowen College is committed to providing an exemplary education and training for the practice of Bowen Therapy on the ethical foundations of responsibility, integrity, professionalism and respect for persons.

Healthcare learning institutions hold a special position of trust within society. They maintain this trust and the privileges it affords them, by keeping their promise to society to conduct themselves with the highest level of ethical propriety commensurate with a learning institution that serves a Healthcare learning field.

2. Harassment and Discrimination Policy

All members of the College have the responsibility to respect the rights of others. Bowen College does not condone and will not tolerate harassment or discrimination, including sexual or personal harassment which undermines the dignity, self-esteem or learning/working experience of any student or employee.

Bowen College considers any form of harassment or discrimination of any member of the College community to be a serious violation of that individual’s fundamental rights. The violation of an individual’s fundamental rights is a serious offense which may be subject to a range of sanctions including expulsion or dismissal.

Defining Terms in the Ethical Codes of Conduct Harassment
Harassment is a form of discrimination prohibited under the B.C. Human Rights Code. Harassment is generally considered to be behavior that is unwelcome to the recipient and found to be offensive and/or demeaning in some way.

Harassment can be direct or indirect behavior and can include comments, remarks, gestures, or other offensive content that is not welcomed by the recipient. For behavior to be defined as harassment, it would have to be considered by a reasonable person to be offensive.

a) Verbal Harassment:

  • derogatory remarks, innuendos or parts about a person’s body, dress, physical appearance or beliefs based on a prohibited ground of discrimination
  • derogatory comments, threats or jeers about race, color, ancestry or place of origin, or about the adornments and rituals associated with cultural or religious beliefs
  • racial jokes and slurs
  • derogatory comments about one’s sexual orientation, family or marital status

b) Physical & SEXUAL Harassment:

  • physical threats
  • unnecessary physical contact, pushing, shoving, intimidation, staring or objectionable gestures
  • graffiti with obscene comments, and ethnic slurs and jokes
  • practical jokes that are offensive to an individual based on physical appearance, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, etc.
  • distribution or display of racist or offensive pictures or materials
  • any action that may be perceived as offensive or demeaning
  • differential treatment toward an individual or group
  • hugging, kissing, patting or stroking
  • unnecessarily brushing against a person
  • touching or rubbing oneself sexually around another person
  • following a person, standing unnecessarily close
  • “wolf” whistling and catcalls
  • sexual comments or innuendo
  • sexual comments about a person’s clothing, anatomy or looks
  • turning work discussions to sexual topics
  • telling sexual jokes or stories

c) Personal Harassment:

Personal harassment is behavior that does not fall under one of the prohibited grounds identified in the Human Rights Code that is unacceptable in the study and work environment. Personal harassment(including bullying) is unwelcome behavior that would be considered by a reasonable person to be offensive. Examples of personal harassment include:

  • hostile, intimidating or threatening behavior
  • demeaning, insulting, excessively critical or disrespectful comments, actions or gestures
  • ignoring behaviour or deliberate exclusion
  • bullying behaviour
  • unwanted physical contact (pushing, punching, slapping, touching)
  • loud, angry outbursts or expressions of anger directed at an individual or group
  • creation of a hostile environment
  • any behaviour that a reasonable person would consider offensive in the study or work environment

3. Ethical Standards

Responsibilities of Administration/Faculty and Staff

  • To uphold the mission, values and educational character and integrity of Bowen College
  • To observe a reasonable and proper loyalty to the college, management and staff
  • To be aware of and respect the educational goals, policies, standards, procedures and protocols of the institution and the profession which he or she represents
  • To ensure that all operations of the college comply with all applicable legal and regulation requirements as well as all policies, protocols and procedures of the college including this code of ethics
  • To perform the duties of their position with personal and professional integrity to the best of their abilities
  • To represent themselves in a professional manner including but not limited to, professional language and professional attire
  • To not misrepresent his or her profession qualification

Responsibilities of Students

  • To uphold the mission, values, character and integrity of the college
  • To comply with all legal and regulatory requirements as well as all college policies, protocols, procedures including this code of ethics
  • To treat with respect, courtesy, consideration and refrain from harassment and discrimination against any student or colleague on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, orientation or social and family background and shall make reasonable effort to ensure that each student is protected from harassment or discrimination
  • To be honest in behavior and conduct with the college. Any form of cheating, plagiarism falsification of records or false information to college officials is a breach of the ethical standards set out by the college
  • To be honest in behavior and conduct with the college concerning the conduct of all others and refraining from abetting others in academic dishonesty
  • To fulfill the financial obligations set out by the college with diligence and goodwill
  • To refrain from and ensure that no behavior which interferes with or endangers the operations of the college and the students ability to learn
  • To refrain from and ensure that no behavior or manner of conduct endangers the health or safety of other students, faculty and staff
  • To refrain from and ensure that there is no use of alcohol, narcotics or any form of mood altering or abused drug use on the property of the college
  • To refrain from and ensure that one does not disrupt activities, behave in a disorderly conduct, use and abuse vulgar language and/or obscene actions, disrespect the rights and privileges of others which in turn disrupts the learning environment or hinders the learning process of others
  • To ensure that there is no misuse of college property which may result in vandalism, damage, mutilation, destruction and/or vandalism which includes the college building, learning materials, files, records, safety equipment, fire alarms, fire equipment and all other college property
  • To ensure that there is no use of or selling of fireworks, firearms, knives or other offensive weapons or materials on college property
  • To ensure that there is no impersonation of a student (applicant) at an examination or assessment
  • To not place persistent, inordinate or inappropriate demands for time and attention from faculty and staff

Reason for Policy and Procedures

Bowen College has an ethical as well as a legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment to its employees, instructors, and students. In addition, Bowen College strives to achieve overall awareness from all members of its community concerning the development, implementation, monitoring, and reviewing of all safety procedures.

4. Policies on Safe Conduct In Case of Fire

In the event of a fire or fire drill we ask that you listen carefully to your instructors.
Standard procedures are as follow:

  1. Move in a calm and orderly manner toward the doorway of your classroom. The last person out of the classroom must close the door behind them.
  2. Walk, do not run through hallways or in stairwells.
  3. Do not jeopardize your own safety or the safety of others by stopping to gather personal belongings.
  4. Do not stop to dress, if you are partially disrobed wrap yourself in a sheet or blanket and leave the classroom.
  5. Once you are outside the building you must remain with your class and instructor because the instructor will be conducting a head count.

5. In Case of a Power Outage

In the event of a power outage remains where you are. If you are in a classroom that does not have windows, do not attempt to leave the room, remain seated. It is unlikely that the outage will continue for a long period of time, however, should it last for an extended length of time a staff member assigned to floor safety will come and escort each class out to the main area.

6. In Case of an Earthquake 

Do not leave the building. You will be safer inside than outside the building. If you are in a glassed in area, move towards the center of the room. If you are in a treatment room, take cover under a table if possible. Know the safe spots in each room and avoid if at all possible areas with mirrors, shelves, glass and hanging objects. The College has taken many extra precautions to prepare for earthquake safety, but it is important for you as a student to know how to best protect yourself in these situations.

7. Policy on Transfers from Other Institutions 

Facilitating student transfer is an essential service in which the College provides to its students and prospective students. Students seeking to transfer internally, students seeking external transfers (from other training institutions in British Columbia and other Institutions across Canada as well as Internationally accredited Institutions) are welcome to Bowen College for further training and are welcome to the continuing education credits they seek. Bowen College sets themselves apart by offering this open door policy from other institutions to generate an ease of learning for the student and to provide the very best in training to anyone who seeks it.

8. Policy of Prerequisites Needed to Apply 

Prospective students are required to have completed Grade 12 or GED equivalent successfully and to have a proficient ability to read, write and articulate themselves with the English language. This provides to them an ease of learning, while their training is being completed and ensures a greater chance of success in the work field.

A full term of physiology and anatomy need apply to those looking to enter at an advance Bowen training, if you do not have a full term of physiology and anatomy credited by a licensed college or continuing education center then the prospective student would need to apply to the prerequisites before entering the advanced level courses.

You can complete the online courses offered by Bowen College at your convenience.

CBHT – Certified Bowen Health Therapist

This is our Professional Certificate training program and requires all prerequisites to complete as well as a valid and up to date CPR certificate and completion of the course requirements as well as practical experience completion.

Practical Experience
Minimum of 10 Practicum packages, 3 supervised training sessions, Preceptorship with 3 clients.
Experience must total 50 hours min.

RBHT – Registered Bowen Health Practitioner

This is our Degree training program. Prospective students must complete all CBHT certification level, practical experience and exam. The requirements include practical experience completion and successful completion of the Standards Approval Exam.

Practical Experience
Minimum of 20 Practicum packages, 10 hours of supervised training sessions, Preceptorship with 5 clients.
Experience must total 100 hours min.

9. Student Agreement

  • I agree as a participant in any course given by Bowen College Inc. with full knowledge of the effects that bodywork can have.
  • I agree to hold the instructors, sponsors and venue owners harmless for any results of my being a demonstration subject or active participant in any course.
  • I take full responsibility for the manner in which I describe or use Bowen in the future and any results from its use.
  • I agree not to share, duplicate, reproduce or copy in any manner, in whole or in part, the training materials for these courses or any future course through Bowen College Inc. with exception to exercise pages which I may copy only to share with clients.
  • I agree not to represent myself as an Instructor of Bowen College Inc. unless I am a certified instructor by the College.
  • Any audio recording I make of this or future courses will be for my personal use only. I will not share, duplicate or transcribe this in any manner for distribution to other persons.
  • I agree to refer interested parties for legitimate instruction in Bowen rather than representing the procedures and concepts, in part or as a whole, as my own creation.
  • I understand that many Bowen legacy procedures have apparently entered the public domain. I will not consider the content of this or future Bowen Classes to fall into this category, except where I can demonstrate previous knowledge of said content.

10. Billing and Charging Clients

You cannot charge for or bill any patient unless you are a BowenFirst™ Practitioner or a graduate of the entire BowenFirst™ Certificate Program.

Bowen College Inc. will not endorse a practitioner without completion, as it is a misrepresentation of the material and training provided. You must take the Review and Integration with the QE1 exam and pass with a minimum 75% to be able to be recognized by Bowen College Inc. If you do not comply with these terms you will NOT be covered by your insurance providers for malpractice insurance, as you are not a Practitioner and you will be liable to any or all of the following:

  • Malpractice suits
  • Fraud and misrepresentation of your credentials
  • Professional loss of reputation
  • Revoking of Future Graduation with Bowen College Inc.

The recommended amount to charge for BowenFirst™ treatments upon your successful completion of the BowenFirst™ Certificate Program, CBHT Certificate Program or RBHP Degree Program are the following:

Initial Visit: $100.00
Follow up Visit: $80.00

11. Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critical to us. Likewise, we have built up this Policy with the end goal you should see how we gather, utilize, impart and reveal and make utilization of individual data. The following blueprints our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will gather and utilization of individual data singularly with the target of satisfying those reasons indicated by us and for other good purposes, unless we get the assent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will just hold individual data the length of essential for the satisfaction of those reasons.
  • We will gather individual data by legal and reasonable means and, where fitting, with the information or assent of the individual concerned.
  • Personal information ought to be important to the reasons for which it is to be utilized, and, to the degree essential for those reasons, ought to be exact, finished, and updated.
  • We will protect individual data by security shields against misfortune or burglary, and also unapproved access, divulgence, duplicating, use or alteration.
  • We will promptly provide customers with access to our policies and procedures for the administration of individual data.

We are focused on leading our business as per these standards with a specific end goal to guarantee that the privacy of individual data is secure and maintained.

For our more in-depth Privacy Policy go here

12. Review of Bowen College Policies

All Bowen College Policies are reviewed annually.
Last review date: 02/23/18
Next review date: 01/11/19