Pedorthist Certificate Program
The College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University and the Foot Solutions Academy of Pedorthic Science have partnered to offer a Pedorthist Certificate Program – one of the few programs approved under the new Pedorthic curriculum. Pedorthists are healthcare professionals who specialize in the comprehensive patient foot care using therapeutic foot wear and supportive orthotic devices.
Pedorthists help patients prevent or reduce painful or disabling conditions of the foot and ankle. The foot is the foundation of your body, and treatment by a pedorthist can positively affect the entire musculoskeletal system. Pedorthists work in collaboration with a physician’s office to address a patient’s pathology and provide their own patient evaluations and recommendations for treatment options. This includes designing and/or creating therapeutic shoes, foot orthoses, inserts, custom shoes, ankle-foot orthotics, fillers for partial foot amputations and more.
In every step a person takes during work and play, feet play a critical role in the ability to enjoy a healthy and productive life. It is important to understand how properly fitted footwear can help reduce both injuries and pain throughout the body. A pedorthist is specially trained to help provide optimal body alignment that may be achieved with the use of a custom orthotic insert. If a foot does not have the proper support within a shoe, it can throw the entire body out of alignment, causing poor posture and pain or possibly balance issues which may contribute to falls. Custom inserts serve to help achieve a neutral, functioning body position called “perfect body alignment” by lining up the joints and spine for the best weight distribution within each foot.
What are the program prerequisites?
You must be a high school graduate or equivalent.
What is a Certificate Program?
A Pedorthist is required to be certified by an accrediting entity such as the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics and Pedorthics, Inc. or the Board of Certification/Accreditation, International, in order to practice. In some states Pedorthists are required to be licensed. To be able to take the certification exam with an accrediting entity, you must have a program certificate verifying you have taken and passed an accredited Pedorthic Program. You will receive a Program Certificate from the College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) at Kennesaw State/Foot Solutions Academy of Pedorthic Science.
Why should I choose CCPE/Foot Solutions Academy of Pedorthic Science Pedorthist Certificate Program?
The Foot Solutions Academy of Pedorthic Science is one of only three schools in the country which have been approved to offer a Pedorthist Certificate Program. Our Pedorthist Certificate Program is sponsored by the College of Continuing and Professional Education at Kennesaw State University.
How long is the class?
The National Commission on Orthotic & Prosthetic Education (NCOPE) is the credentialing body which approves all education programs for orthotics, prosthetics and pedorthics in the country and curriculum requirements which must be met. Normally to meet these requirements a pedorthist certificate class would be a minimum of four weeks. The Academy of Pedorthic Science Program includes laboratory classes conducted on two Saturdays to be able to complete this 140 hour program in three weeks. This greatly reduces the lodging costs and other expenses for the student to participate in the program.
What is the cost?
The tuition for the Pedorthic Certificate Program is $3,200.00 and a materials fee of $500.00. The $3,200.00 is paid through CCPE when you register for the class. The materials fee is paid directly to the Foot Solutions Academy of Pedorthic Science (see FAQs “When and how do I register?” section for payment details) no later than three business days prior to the class start date. For 100% refund of tuition and materials fee, notification and withdrawals must be made three or more business days prior to the class start date.
What does the Materials Fee cover? (Materials will be distributed at the first class session.)
To successfully complete the Pedorthist Certificate Program you will be issued an Android tablet with the entire course materials loaded on it, and all the orthotic materials you will use in the laboratories. These include pre-fabricated arch supports, custom orthotics blank materials, practice shoes for shoe modification practice, EVA molding materials to create positive molds for custom molded shoes and orthotics, multiple density base orthotic layer materials, adhesives and your safety aids such as goggles, masks, etc. You will be working with materials as specified by Medicare (and adopted by most insurance plans) which will meet the medical criteria of an orthotic as stated in their coverage determinations.
When is the next class?
Due to high demand, please register early for the next class. Please see the website for specific course dates: ccpe.kennesaw.edu/pedorthics
Foot Solutions – Academy of Pedorthic Science
104 Interstate N. Pkwy East, SE
Atlanta, GA 30339
Hotels can be pretty expensive, do you offer any assistance?
Yes. We have negotiated great rates with a hotel just a block from our facility. The rate is $55.00 per night and includes all the amenities you would need while you are here including full breakfast, internet, laundry, gym, pool and more. The rates even include suites with two queen beds or studio suite with sofa bed so you can share with another student and split the cost. Once you register for the class we will send you detailed information.
When and how do I register?
Register for the class you want as soon as possible. To ensure you are fully prepared for the Pedorthist exam and give you the maximum attention, we are limiting the class size to 16 students. You may register up until three business days before the first day of class. The demand is very high and the program fills up quickly. Register through the College of Continuing and Professional Education Kennesaw State University.
There are five ways you can register:
- Online using our website here.
- Over the Phone: Call CCPE at 470-578-6765 or 800-869-1151 from 8 a.m.-8p.m. Mon-Thu, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fri. Register using a credit card or debit card. For other options, refer to the “Invoice Policy” under “Policies” on our website.
- By Fax: Complete the registration form found in the back of your catalog or on the website listed above and fax it to 470-578-9085.
- By Mail: Fill out the registration form and mail it to: Kennesaw State University, College of Continuing and Professional Education, 3333 Busbee Drive, #3301, Kennesaw, GA 30144. (If it is a last minute registration, this is not a recommended method.)
- In Person: Fill out your registration form and bring it to the Registration Window at the KSU Center, 3333 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144.
Once you register, Foot Solutions Academy of Pedorthic Science will contact you regarding payment of Materials Fee and additional program details (such as lodging). You will receive a complete course syllabus. Once you complete registration or if you have questions, you may contact Ms. Tracy Strickland at APS at 770-955-0099, ext. 206.
What is the potential salary a graduate may earn?
The Academy of Pedorthic Science nor CCPE can guarantee or predict potential earnings. In the current market environment, available statistics suggest an annual salary range of $26,000 to $54,000.
What will I learn in the Pedorthist Certificate Program?
The Academy of Pedorthic Science Certificate Program is accredited by the National Commission on Orthotic & Prosthetic Education (NCOPE). NCOPE sets rigorous education standards and learning domains for the Pedorthic Field. The Academy is one of only three schools in the country accredited to conduct a Pedorthist Certificate Program. Anatomy, biomechanics, kinesiology, patient evaluation, orthotic technology and more are covered in this Certificate Program.
What about state licensure?
There are approximately twelve states which require state licensure for a Pedorthist to operate. The Academy of Pedorthic Science Certificate Program follows the NCOPE (www.ncope.org) approved curriculum meeting state requirements.
What is the Veteran’s Assistance Program?
The Pedorthist Certificate program is approved through VA for Educational Benefits dependent upon which GI Bill and length of service the service member qualifies for. To apply for benefits or if you would just like to get general information, visit the Department of Veteran Affairs website. You may also contact Nora Felde at 470-578-3152.