A Career In Pedorthics

The field of  Pedorthics (peh-DOR-thiks) is a stimulating, rewarding, challenging profession; serving those in need of foot and ankle expertise. Being a valued member of the health care team, specializing in the mechanics of the human foot as the foundation for the upper body, the field of pedorthics has diverse sub specialities that a qualified pedorthist can work within.  Examples of potential job placement opportunities are listed below with links to pertinent information relevant to that specialty.  With +140 hours of pedorthic focused education and 1000 internship hours - you can be on your way to being a trusted member of the healthcare profession; self employed, operating your own clinical or retail business.  

Most pedorthist work in retail facilities or for orthotic or prosthethic companies. Some work chair side in clinics with physicians, i.e.: orthopedists, podiatrists, chiropractors or physical therapists. Others choose to specialize in sports medicine, working with athletic trainers or sport teams. For those interested in biomechanics, performance and function, they may choose to focus on specialty, high-end, retail athletic shoe store concepts. Diabetes being an epidemic in the USA - offers career paths in wound care, nursing homes, durable medical equipment sales and service, pharmacies, etc.  And of course, pedorthists can also work for leading footwear distributors or manufacturers such as Apis Footwear, New Balance, Brooks, Superfeet, Powerstep, Spenco, Aetrex, etc.

Many pedorthists choose to go into private practice either with a retail (orthopedic or traditional) shoe store focus or a clinical capacity; similar to how a physician's office is. Some may choose to combine both concepts to meet the consumer and patient care needs of their community. To become a member of the healthcare team and bill Medicare, Medicaid and Traditional Health Care Plans, a Board Certified Pedorthist must have their facility accredited regardless if of a retail or clinical focus; ensuring it meets with the highest industry standards in appearance, function, legality, ethics, code of conduct and bylaws to this scope of practice. To become an Accredited Facility - please contact the ABC at www.abcop.org or www.bocusa.org to learn more about this topic. There are many accrediting bodies in the USA; please choose the one that meets a desired objective. Please consider  joining the Pedorthic Newswire to receive a monthly newsletter related to the pedorthic profession - which posts jobs and pertinent, current industry information. This is a free subscription by contacting editor@pedorthicnewswire.com

To learn more about some of the career paths of pedorthics, please read the following articles (more forth coming):

Pedorthics in Podiatry Practices:  Click to view article

If you are considering the field of pedorthics, and are wanting to learn more about an RMPI experience....please view this  Hands-On Practicum Applied Biomechanics Lecture and meet Pam Haig, our visionary founder;  paste link into web browser: http://www.mediafire.com/watch/p4exf8wyh9h7bnn/ground_zero_full_size-1_rmpi_logo.mp4

For the answers to the most commonly asked questions, please visit our FAQ's tab or read the following initial enrollment questions and answers:


Common Questions When Choosing A Pedorthic School

 The following answers can be found on the RMPI website under their applicable tabs and subject matter


01) How long is the course? Officially 147 hours reflective of RMPI's NCOPE Self Study. Level 1 is approximated at 20 hours, Level 2 Pre-arrival is 5 hours or less depending on whether the student is considered a beginner and/or chosen the advanced workbook versus the entry level workbook. The advanced workbook can increase as there are +200 additional questions within the workbook to improve the level of understanding applied biomechanical terms, anatomy, pathologies, theory, etc. Level 3 is approximately 20 hours.

02) What are the pre-requisites?  A person must possess a high school diploma or an equivalent and be above the age of 18. Before attending the Level 2 Practicum the student must successfully submit(an entry level competency based) workbook and two exams. These are termed as Level 1 Introduction to Pedorthics and Level 2 Pre-arrival Practicum. Each of these have an exam that accompanies them. These two course requirements are approved by NCOPE for 20 hours online for Level 1 as 20 and Level can be accomplished in 3-5 hours or less depending on whether the students has chosen the entry level workbook or the advanced workbook. The entry level workbook is focused on beginners, diabetic shoe retailers / DME providers or traditional retailers; not high-end athletic shoe stores. The advanced workbook is intended for clinicians, lab techs, business owners, engineers or designers, those marketing to professionals with an emphasis on understanding applied biomechanics at a higher level.

03) How quickly can the course be accomplished? A person seasoned in the profession can accomplish the online portion in approximately two weeks working a full-time job. A beginner would need six weeks’ minimum. Studying the medical terms and having immediate recall of them is the most time consuming at the start. If they are working with a mentor during their studies as required by NCOPE at 1000 internship hours, then they should be exposed to terminology, anatomy and pathology as well as treatment modalities within the pedorthic scope of practice on a daily basis. It is reasonable to expect one year to gain an entry level understanding of the profession before sitting for the ABC national exam.

04) Does the course have online components? The course has approximately 85% online and ten days are required for Practicum at our facility (unless an approved traveling course is being offered).

05) What requirements are needed to enroll? A high school diploma.

06) When is the next Practicum course: They are published on the RMPI website at www.rmpi.org - but courses are offered routinely in March, April, September and October. The March course is longer than the other dates. Private or additional courses are offered by request or demand.

07) Is housing or shuttle service provided? Yes, by prior reservation and during operational times.

08) What is the focus of RMPI's curriculum? The RMPI has a multi-disciplinary curriculum and approach with emphasis on applied foot and ankle biomechanics. Our faculty and consultants have focused on orthopedic and podiatric clinical and manufacturing applications dating back to the 1950's - 1970's.  Several of our faculty and consultants hold patents in foot and ankle prosthetics, orthotic posting techniques and design as well as foot care products. Our lead pedorthic faculty both have over four decades of clinical care and manufacturing experience; providing a comprehensive opportunity for student’s growth within the profession. Seasoned pedorthists providing real-world experience having worked in the industry before becoming academic educators with a vision and mission to improve patient outcomes globally.

09) What is the tuition? $4K for US residents. $5K for non-USA residents. Canadian residents are considered US residents as a courtesy.

10) Are payment packages available? Yes, however they are more expensive than paying in full at the time of enrollment.

11) Are there scholarships available? If the student enrolls within 30 days of contacting the RMPI with inquiries, they qualify for the Do-It-Now Scholarship, currently sponsored by ING Source, the makers of OrthoSleeve, OS1st and the Foot Gym.

12) Is there a deadline when the course must be completed? Yes, within one year of enrolling. A re-enrollment fee equal to 20% of the paid tuition is required to continue after the one year deadline.

13) What is the refund policy? There is no refund once the Enrollment Confirmation is sent to the student. However, in most instances, the student may transfer their enrollment to a fellow employee or sell their tuition. A re-enrollment fee would apply.

14) May I speak to someone personally? Yes, Joe Haig, the RMPI's leading manufacturing instructor is available via phone to discuss concerns and answer questions at 765-425-9012; providing expert advice on whether this career path is suitable for their personal or professional career objectives.Once enrolled, the online faculty begins to orchestrate course materials, submissions, the responses between them and the student or employer. Recording communication for future referencing or auditing of student records is a requirement. Therefore, we ask that emails be sent to the online faculty via online@rmpi.org   If a conference call is necessary, it can be scheduled through this same email address.





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