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What is Pedorthics?


Program Overview

Pedorthists are certified healthcare professionals with specialized education and training in the care of the lower limbs through observation of surface anatomy, palpation, gait and range of motion. This would include any health-related factor which can have a debilitating impact on the function of the limb. Pedorthists are also trained in the manufacturing, fitting and modification of foot appliances and footwear the for purposes of alleviating painful or debilitating conditions of the lower limbs. The Diploma in Pedorthics will give students the
knowledge and skills required to succeed in their career and write the C. Ped (C) certification exam. This is the only program of its kind in Canada.

The ideal candidate has an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from an accredited University and has completed the following courses or their equivalent:

• Introductory Exercise Physiology
• Systematic Approach to Functional Anatomy
• Biomechanics
• Introduction to Athletic Injuries

Plus two of the following:

• Biomechanical Analysis of Physical Activity
• An Introduction to the Practical Aspects of Athletic Injuries
• A Survey of Physical Growth and Motor Development
• Perceptual-Motor Performance/Learning or a Motor Control course

What you will learn

• Students will be able to identify and evaluate current basic science paradigms relating to foot biomechanics and footwear / orthotic treatment.
• Students will be able to critically appraise a patients’ footwear, biomechanics, lifestyle factors that may influence foot and lower extremity health.
• Students will be able to describe and discuss the use of evidence based practice within a pedorthic setting.
• Students will be able to synthesize a treatment plan using their paradigm of choice based on an evaluation of current literature.
• Students will be able to measure the outcome of a treatment plan, assess its effectiveness, and formulate additional plans (if required).
• Students will understand the relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic factors related to general foot and lower extremity health.

What to Expect

Pedorthics a 12 month full time online program. Courses are taught and developed by industry professionals to connect theory to practice. Through the program students should develop a professional network, unique skills, and a portfolio of projects they will use throughout their career. This is a competitive program with limited enrolment. With small classes, students should be prepared to actively participate and contribute to class discussions through the OWL learning platform.


September - December: Courses Online
October - December: Practicum I (380 hours on site, full time)
January - April: Courses Online
January - March: Practicum II (380 hours on site, full time)
April - August: Practicum III (560 hours on site, full time)
May-August: Courses Online


What are you looking for?

Diploma in Pedorthics

Core Courses for C.Ped (C) Exam

PAC Member