Winter 2024 Hybrid Introduction to OCF


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Hybrid Introduction to Osteopathy in the Cranial Field

Pre-Convo Labs March 3-5, 2024

Virtual Lectures/Discussions Jan 19-Feb 25


Expand Your Osteopathic Skills

Highly regarded by its practitioners and patients alike, the study of osteopathy in the cranial field includes broadening and deepening the perceptual skills of the practitioner, as well as intensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the cranium and its inter-relationship with the body as a whole.  Learn how this approach can be applied for the benefit of your patients in the prevention and treatment of disease, and enhancement of health.

What You Will Learn

  • Explore the components of the primary respiratory mechanism, including articular, cerebrospinal fluid, fascial/membranous and nervous system anatomy.
  • Deepen your understanding of the body as a dynamic unit with a capacity for self-healing.
  • Establish the basis for palpatory diagnosis and treatment.

Course Director: Annette Hulse DO
Assistant Course Director: TBD

Registration Fee: $2,295*

*Partial (50%) tuition scholarships will be available for medical students and residents from the OCA Foundation.  See Scholarships tab below for how to apply for a scholarship

The OCA has developed a hybrid format for this course with both online and in-person components:

  • Virtual Lectures and Group Discussions, Jan 19-Feb 25, 2024: Lectures will be presented online, with about 4 hours of video recordings delivered each week. At the end of each week, participants will join in a mandatory 1 hour-long discussion group via Zoom.  There will NOT be a discussion group weekend of Presidents Day (Feb 18), see schedule below for details.
  • In-Person Lab as Pre-Convocation course: The hand-over-hand training for which the OCA is well known will be held in Colorado Springs as a Pre-Convo course. The lab portion of your course will take place Sunday-Tuesday, 8:00-6:00pm.  The labs will be with hands-on instruction by experienced trainers at a 1:4 faculty student ratio.


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Course Schedule

Lecture Week 1:  Self-study online video lectures (approx 3-4 hours) Jan 19-28.  Mandatory Zoom small group discussion Jan 28 (various times will be available).

Lecture Week 2: Self-study online video lectures (approx 3-4 hours) Jan 29-Feb 4.  Mandatory Zoom small group discussion Feb 4 (various times will be available).

Lecture Week 3: Self-study online video lectures (approx 3-4 hours) Feb 5-11.  Mandatory Zoom small group discussion Feb 11 (various times will be available).

Lecture Week 4: Self-study online video lectures (approx 4 hours) Feb 11-25.  Mandatory Zoom small group discussion Feb 25 (various times will be available).  This will be extra-long “week” due to Presidents Day weekend.

Hands-on Labs: After completing the 4 weeks of lectures and discussion groups, course participants will attend 3 full days of hands-on labs with experienced OCA faculty as table trainers in 1:4 ratio in Colorado Springs as a Pre-convocation course March 3-5 2024, Sunday-Tuesday.


Introductory Course: Osteopathy in the Cranial Field

US-licensed DOs, MDs, and dentists are eligible for this course.  US medical students in schools accredited by AOA, COCA or LCME, and resident physicians with active contracts for ACGME-accredited residency programs are also eligible for this course.



The Cranial Academy Foundation will be providing a limited number of partial tuition ($1200) scholarships for this course.

Applications should be submitted directly to the Foundation — the application will be available at after November 1, 2023.  It is your responsibility to make sure your scholarship application is complete with the OCAF.

If you apply for a scholarship before registering for this course, you can use the coupon code SCHOLARSHIP on check-out to just pay the $1095 remainder of the registration that the scholarship doesn’t cover.   If you are not awarded a scholarship by the OCAF, you will have the option of paying the additional $1200 to take the class, or we will offer you a full refund of the $1095 that you already paid.   You must register and pay a minimum of $1095 to hold a spot in the course.

Zoom discussion group attendance is mandatory to pass this course.  You must also get a passing grade on the weekly open note quizzes and the final practical exam at the end of your lab session.  If you do not pass, your scholarship will be rescinded and you will be required to pay the outstanding balance.


Liability Release

Liability Release: Participation in this program will involve physical activity, including contact by and with instructors and other participants. This, and particularly activity involving physical diagnostics and manual therapeutics, could possibly entail risks for participants of new injury or aggravation of pre-existing conditions.
By applying to participate, the applicant acknowledges and assumes the risk associated with participating in the laboratory sessions and agrees to hold The Osteopathic Cranial Academy and fellow participants harmless indemnify, defend and free of liability from and against any damage or personal injury that might occur during or as a result of participation in this program. Furthermore, the applicant covenants to hold harmless, indemnify, and defend The Osteopathic Cranial Academy from and against any use or misuse that applicant may make at any time of any knowledge or information that applicant derives from participation in this program. The applicant should carry adequate liability and malpractice insurance which would be activated in the instance of the use or misuse of this knowledge or information.  It is the responsibility of ALL participants to use the information provided within the scope of their professional license or practice.

I acknowledge that I have read the Liability Release and agree to the statement.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation policy::

All cancellations must be received in writing at the office of The Osteopathic Cranial Academy on or before the first day of the online portion of the course, and are subject to administrative fee of $50 administrative processing fee.  Participants who cannot complete the course due to illness or family emergencies may be offered the option to repeat the Hybrid course at its next offering.  No discount will be provided for individuals not participating in food service at the in-person labs.



The Osteopathic Cranial Academy has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 40 hours of Category 1-A AOA CME. Approval is currently pending.


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