1 year full time or part time - September - August
Online + practicum
Admission requirements: Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology and completion of prerequisite courses
$9000 + Western ancillary fees, course texts
Application deadline: March 1
The Diploma in Pedorthics consists of seven courses and three practicum placements.
PEDS 6001 Functional Lower Limb Anatomy and Gait Biomechanics (formerly Practical Foot Mechanics)
Provides the foundation for further study in pedorthic principles and practice. Although the anatomic and biomechanical content of this course is shared by many health science disciplines, the focus here is specifically on pedorthics and the models and concepts that are important to pedorthic practice. Students will use the fundamentals presented in this course across the pedorthic curriculum.
PEDS 6002 Pathomechanics and Pedorthic Care
Provides an overview of a pedorthic perspective on the pathomechanics of the foot and lower limb. Participants will examine common foot deformities and disorders, diseases resulting in foot complications, the study of abnormal gait, and basic conservative pedorthic correction of abnormal foot mechanics.
PEDS 6003 Assessment and Basics of Diagnostics for Pedorthic Care
Involves history-taking and examination of signs of lower limb dysfunction leading to a diagnosis of pedorthic care. Topics include pain pattern, manual assessment techniques, common diseases which result in foot complications, and injuries identified by developmental stages.
PEDS 6013 Approach to Footwear and Footwear Modification
This course provides a pedorthic view of footwear and its importance in the overall pedorthic treatment. Footwear construction, fitting characteristics and inventory will be explored. Custom footwear and pedorthic modifications to existing footwear will be explained in depth. Analysis of current footwear will be covered. The material covered in this course will serve as the only information provided regarding footwear and modifications for the certified pedorthic candidate. It will provide an opportunity to view footwear from a biomechanical and functional perspective in the overall pedorthic treatment.
PEDS 6014 Foot Orthoses Theory
This course will provide students with a systematic approach to accurately bridge the gap between clinical knowledge and technical ability. Successfully completion of PEDS 6014 and the corresponding practicum will provide students with the ability to independently dispense and fabricate a foot orthosis.
PEDS 6021 Professional Practice for Pedorthists
Provides an introduction to the practice of Pedorthics in Canada with a view on Pedorthic Practitioner in the community of care. Participants will explore, and through various scenarios and case studies, gain an understanding of the application of all of the courses previously completed in the Diploma in Pedorthics program. A special focus will be on communications and ethics. Through course work, discussion and interaction with fellow students, participants will pull together all of the skills and philosophies shared over the past year.
PEDS 6022 Pedorthic Treatment and Management
This capstone course will require students to apply their knowledge of biomechanical assessment to actual cases, develop and implement a treatment program, prepare appropriate documentation and present their case studies.
*Please note: Course offerings are subject to change based on industry demands and trends.
PEDS 6101 Clinical , 380 hours, October through December;
PEDS 6102 Footwear , 380 hours, January through March;
PEDS 6103 Fabrication, 560 hours, April through August
Note: At the completion of these courses students students are eligible to write the C.Ped.(C) certification exam through the College of Pedorthics of Canada. Students completing the Diploma in Pedorthics on a full-time basis (1 year) must apply by July 1st, 2013 to be considered eligible.
Diploma in Pedorthics
The online class environment accompanied by the practicums provides me with a more realistic look into the world of Pedorthics than any textbook can.
The instructors at Continuing Studies are phenomenal. I am very impressed by the knowledgeable and friendly instructors as well as the hard-working coordinators. Also, the supervisors and staff at the practicum locations have been very welcoming and unbelievably supportive in helping to further my education.