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National Academy of Osteopathy offers a diploma in pedorthics program endorsed by the College of Certified Pedorthists of Ontario.

National Academy of Osteopathy offers a diploma in pedorthics program endorsed by the College of Certified Pedorthists of Ontario.

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  • Diploma in Pedorthics The NAO Pedorthics program at a glance Endorsed by the College of Certified Pedorthists of Ontario (CCPO). Upon passing the CCPO exams graduates of NAO’s DPed program become certified pedorthists (CPed) 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time (2000 hours) Starts February and September of each year Student must attend mandatory campus, clinic and Orthotics Lab + some online courses Admission requirements: This program is open only to licensed health professionals such as osteopathic manual practitioners, chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, physicians, acupuncturists, athletic therapists, and kinesiologists. Admission is highly competitive. Tuition: $8500 plus lab fees Application deadline: December 01st Are you a health professional who provides orthotics? Pedorthists are certified healthcare professionals with specialized education and training in the care of the lower limb. NAO’s innovative Diploma in Pedorthics provides students with the skills and knowledge required to write the CPed certification exams of CCPO, together with valuable workplace experience. You learn how to modify shoes, and how to build custom made foot orthotics in your own clinic. Many insurers in Ontario reimburse patients for orthotics and orthopaedic shoes only if they are dispensed by a certified pedorthist. Pedorthics Program The 2000 hours Diploma in Pedorthics (DPed) program of National Academy of Osteopathy (NAO) is designed to provide students with practical and applied knowledge and skills required to practise as pedorthists. The academic component of this program is combined with a clinical campus based practicum component that will enable students to gain valuable experience working in the field. The program provides students the practical and applied knowledge and skills required to prepare for the CPed exams of the College of Certified Pedorthists of Ontario (CCPO), the credential required to practice as a certified pedorthist in the province of Ontario, Canada. Enrollment will be limited and competitive, and will be determined on a case by case basis. All students will be admitted to the postgraduate Diploma in Pedorthics program according to the policies and guidelines for admission to NAO. Application forms are available online at NAO website or could be obtained by emailing the admissions office. The College of Certified Pedorthists of Ontario endorses this Diploma. Admission Requirements The pedorthics program of NAO is open only to licensed health professionals such as osteopathic manual practitioners, osteopaths, chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, naturopaths, physicians, acupuncturists, athletic therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers and
  • kinesiologists. Admission is highly competitive as per order of College of Certified Pedorthists of Ontario. only limited space is allocated for different jurisdictions as required by CCPO. Courses CPED401 Assessment and Basics of Diagnostics for Pedorthic Care CPED402 Foot Orthoses Theory CPED403 Functional Anatomy of Lower Limb and Gait Biomechanics CPED404 Pathomechanics and Pedorthic Care CPED405 Pedorthic Approach to Footwear and Footwear Modification CPED406 Pedorthic Treatment and Management CPED407 Professional Practice for Pedorthists CPED408 Pedorthic Practicum I CPED409 Pedorthic Practicum II CPED 410 Pedorthic Practicum III COURSE DESCRIPTION Functional Lower Limb Anatomy and Gait Biomechanics CPED403 ONLINE Description This online on-demand course provides the foundation for further study in pedorthic principles and practice. The purpose of this course is to integrate relevant information regarding anatomy, biomechanics, foot function, human gait and other topics specific to pedorthics, and bring it together in a comprehensive package that provides the basis for study and practice in pedorthics. Students will use the fundamentals presented in this course across the pedorthic curriculum. What You Will Learn At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Understand the function of various tissues and structures in the lower limb. • Apply knowledge of muscle function to human gait. • Identify ideal gait parameters. • Analyze gait using biomechanical and anatomical principles. • Discuss existing models of foot function. Pathomechanics and Pedorthic Care CPED404 ONLINE Description This online on-demand course provides an overview of a pedorthic perspective on the pathomechanics of the foot and lower limb. Participants will examine common foot deformities, disorders and diseases resulting in foot complications, the study of abnormal gait, and are provided with an introduction to basic conservative pedorthic correction of abnormal foot mechanics. What You Will Learn At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Explain the difference and distinguish between the different categories and types of planus and cavus foot structures. • Within the phases of gait, recognize and classify foot deformities into the sagittal, frontal, and transverse planes and analyze the resultant pathomechanics at the foot, subtalar joint, ankle, knee, hip,
  • trunk and pelvis. • Analyze the reason behind the resultant pathomechanics and design an appropriate general Pedorthic treatment protocol based on the pathomechanics. • Apply knowledge of the resultant pathomechanics during gait to common disorders and deformities seen as a result of abnormal mechanics. • Discuss common diseases that affect foot and/or lower limb mechanics. Assessment and Basics of Diagnostics for Pedorthic Care CPED401 ONLINE Description This online on-demand course provides students with a comprehensive look at examination of a patient, interpretation of assessment findings, differentiating disorders and conditions, and development of treatment plans. Participants will look at 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 injuries and diseases that result in foot complications. What You Will Learn At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Understand the importance of a thorough patient history. • Execute a thorough history with a patient, choosing questions appropriate for the presenting problem, and redirecting questions based on answers to previous questions. • Make specific observations on the patient’s overall, lower limb, and foot posture. • Identify specific deformities of the foot and lower limb. • Develop a broad range of active and passive assessment techniques for the foot and lower limb. • Select and execute active and passive assessment techniques appropriate for each presenting case. • Measure ranges of motion. • Confirm, when possible, a patient’s diagnosis from the referring physician, based on assessment findings. • Formulate a thorough pedorthic treatment plan for patients based on all assessment findings. • Interpret assessment findings and relay a summary of pertinent information to the patient. • Identify other health care needs from which your patient may benefit. Pedorthic Approach to Footwear and Footwear Modification CPD405 Campus Based Description This in-campus course provides a pedorthic view of footwear and its importance in the overall pedorthic treatment. Footwear history and construction will be explored. Pedorthic modifications to existing footwear will be explained in depth. Fitting characteristics, analysis of current footwear, custom footwear and inventory control 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. What You Will Learn At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Understand footwear history and how it has resulted in current orthopaedic/therapeutic footwear
  • suitable for pedorthic practice. • Develop an understanding of the importance of appropriate footwear fit (both in sizing and unique features) for each patient to aid in developing individual patient treatment plans. • Recognize the need for pedorthic footwear modifications and understand their applications and patient benefit • Understand footwear production techniques. • Identify unusual shoe wear patterns with possible solutions. • Identify the appropriate use of custom footwear and the role it plays in the extreme pedorthic cases. • Develop an understanding of inventory control and stock appropriateness for the pedorthic clinic. Foot Orthoses Theory CPED402 ONLINE Description This intensive online course provides an introduction to orthotic systems. Participants will examine the indications, properties and uses of over the counter (OTC) orthoses, custom made foot orthoses and assistive devices. Studies will include topics such as: health and safety issues, pedorthic lab equipment, orthotic raw materials, and orthoses design. A high focus of this course will be on custom foot orthoses design and fabrication. What You Will Learn At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Distinguish different categories and features of custom foot orthoses and over the counter devices. • Understand material properties and appropriate uses of materials in custom orthotic manufacture. • Identify equipment needed to manufacture and modify orthoses. • Understand design elements in a custom orthotic. • Understand lab safety and occupational health issues in the pedorthic laboratory. • Design and manufacture a custom foot orthotic. Professional Practice for Pedorthists CPED407 ONLINE Description This online course provides an introduction to the practice of Pedorthics in Ontario 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 so far in the program. What You Will Learn At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Examine the history of Pedorthics, both in Ontario and other provinces as well as globally, including the effects it has had on the practice of foot care by pedorthic practitioners, and non-pedorthic practitioners. • Development of an understanding of the role of the Pedorthist in a multi-disciplinary practice or a community of care. • Examine the opportunities for clinical practice, and roles of the pedorthic practitioner in each.
  • • Develop an understanding of the role of primary health care practitioners, allied health care practitioners, and service providers. • Review, in-depth, the Code of Ethics of The College of Certified Pedorthists of Ontario. • Understand the legal aspects of a pedorthic practice, including the various forms of liability. • Acquire an understanding of the human resources roles required to provide service in the varied opportunities for practice. • Identify and fine tune various tools and techniques of communication used regularly in pedorthic practice. • Analyze the necessary components for a functioning pedorthic business. Pedorthic Treatment and Management CPED406 CAMPUS BASED Description This in-campus 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. What You Will Learn At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Describe and discuss the use of evidence based practice within a pedorthic setting. • Identify and evaluate current basic science paradigms relating to foot biomechanics and orthotic treatment. • Synthesize a treatment plan using their paradigm of choice based on an evaluation of current literature. • Measure the outcome of a treatment plan, assess its effectiveness, and formulate additional plans as required. Pedorthic Practicum I CPED408 CLINIC BASED Description This practicum session held at NAO’s Pedorthic Clinic will provide an opportunity for students to apply their course knowledge in a practical clinical setting. Students will participate in a clinical setting. What You Will Learn At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Explain how pedorthic practice relates to other areas of health practice and work with agencies, organizations, and governments with and on behalf of clients. • Describe the business of a pedorthic practice. • Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of practice and act in accordance to the professional code of ethics and regulatory statutes. • Draft concise, timely and accurate records. • Establish a client-centred therapeutic relationship using effective communication and shared decision- making processes, clarifying the client’s goals and priorities. • Choose meaningful and realistic goals with the client. • Discuss the client’s suitability for treatment; demonstrate awareness of appropriate assessment means; discuss with the client what is important to him/her; begin to implement assessment and
  • analyze results with supervision. • Engage the client in the process of selecting from among treatment options, establishing desired outcomes and determining time frames; synthesize client goals and consider these when setting priority outcomes; review and evaluate with the client the range of resources and treatments available. • Apply and carry out treatment interventions. • Determine the device or implement that will ensure that expected outcomes remain consistent with client goals. • Plan for the completion of treatment with the client. Pedorthic Practicum II CPED409 CLINIC BASED Description This practicum session held at NAO’s Pedorthic clinic will provide an opportunity for students to apply their course knowledge in a practical clinical setting. Students will participate in a footwear setting. What You Will Learn At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of practice and act in accordance to the professional code of ethics and regulatory statutes. • Develop an understanding of inventory requirements in a professional practice. • Develop a realistic, cost-effective and meaningful treatment plan with the client; measurable, observable and achievable terms are used with the client in identifying the expected outcome. • Begin to interpret assessment findings and document reasoning methods, findings and analysis. • Determine the device or implement that will ensure that expected outcomes remain consistent with client goals. • Develop an understanding of ethics in practice. Pedorthic Practicum III CPED409 CLINIC BASED & LAB BASED Description This practicum session held at NAO’s Pedorthic clinic as well as an orthoses manufacturing lab will provide an opportunity for students to apply their course knowledge in a clinical & laboratory setting. Students will participate in a fabrication setting. What You Will Learn At the completion of this course, the student will be able to: • Demonstrate professionalism in all aspects of practice and act in accordance to the professional code of ethics and regulatory statutes. • Demonstrate awareness of and adherence to the safety procedures of the practicum site. • Apply and carry out treatment interventions, with supervision. • Plan and fabricate solutions to treatment implementation with findings from continuous assessment.