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Introductory Course: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field



The Introductory Course must consist of 40 hours minimum and include lectures on the following topics:

  1. History of Osteopathy in the Cranial Field
  2. Conceptual and Palpatory Introduction:
    1. Primary Respiration and The Five Phenomena
    2. The Inherent Therapeutic Process
  3. Embryologic and Anatomic Relationships to Function
  4. Physiological and Non-physiologic Patterns of Cranial Base Strain
  5. The Treatment Process (including but not limited to):
    1. Fluid Dynamics
    2. Balanced Membranous Tension
    3. Balanced Ligamentous Tension
  6. Clinical Applications
    1. The Osteopathic History and Structural Evaluation
    2. Traumatic Influences
    3. Infants and Children


To obtain Osteopathic Cranial Academy approval, an Introductory Course in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field must meet FACULTY and COURSE CONTENT REQUIREMENTS established by The Osteopathic Cranial Academy:

  1. The Course Director must either hold a Certificate of Proficiency, FCA or FAAO.  AOBSPOMM or NNM/OMM holders and physicians who have been in practice prior to the granting of AOBSPOMM (1990) may be approved by the CA Board of Directors.
  2. At least 75 percent of the Table Trainers at osteopathic college Introductory Course offerings for students must be Osteopathic Cranial Academy members (Student or Regular). Table trainers who are not members of The Osteopathic Cranial Academy must have completed an approved course in Osteopathy in the Cranial Field.
  3. A faculty roster and course syllabus must be submitted at least one month prior to the proposed course for preliminary review.
  4. Final course approval will be decided within three months of receiving a copy of the actual course syllabus and faculty roster in addition to copies of lecture and laboratory session outlines.
  5. Once a given group, organization or college has received approval for a Introductory Course, approval for subsequent Introductory Course offerings will not require receipt of copies of lecture and laboratory session outlines provided that course content remains unchanged. This approval will remain at the discretion of the Credentials Committee.
  6. The Faculty/Student Ratio must be 1:4.
  7. All participants must be eligible for Osteopathic Cranial Academy Membership upon successful completion.

For any course participant to have successfully completed an Osteopathic Cranial Academy approved Introductory Course, he/she must:

  1. Pass a Written Exam administered by the course faculty at the time of the completion of the course (or pass the written portion of the Cranial Academy Proficiency Examination).
  2. Pass a Practical Exam administered by the course faculty at the time of completion of the course.