Online Course
Introduction to Orthotics
Understanding the process behind the creation of an orthosis

1-1.5 hours





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Donna Fisher
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Donna enjoys opportunities to educate and teach and has extensive knowledge and experience in Prosthetics and Orthotics

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An orthosis is an individually designed or customised device, which is applied to the external part of the body to provide support and protection for that particular area of the body. The design, materials and function of the orthosis is based on a patient assessment, including their medical history, biomechanical principles and the individual needs of the user. This is the first course in a complete programme on orthotics.


Understanding the factors of a patient assessment to form the basis of how an orthotic device is created.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. 3 Videos
  2. Reading activity
  3. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at rehabilitation professionals, students and assistants including but not limited to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech and Language Therapists, Rehabilitation Doctors, Rehabilitation Nurses, Prosthetists, Orthotists, Psychologists, Audiologists, Dietetics, Social Workers. Community Health Workers, Nurses or Medical Doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.0 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • define what an orthosis is
  • explain why an orthosis is used
  • describe where and when to use an orthosis
  • outline the process of how to achieve a good orthotic outcome

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

Donna Fisher: No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
I liked this course and am now more competent in choosing an orthosis. I recommend this course for beginners. (Google Translate)
Mariana Trostianetska
Thanks to the Physioplus team and Donna Fisher in particular for a great collection of Orthotic courses. I hope to apply this knowledge to help my fellow citizens in Ukraine soon!
Mykhailo Kavrin
This course provides a great deal of basic information we need before we prescribe orthoses!
Aashish Gho Shrestha
An awesome course! It lays out the fundamentals of orthotic prescription and dispensing.
Michael Abounassar
United Kingdom
It is a great course! I loved the speaker, and I am looking forward to more of these courses!
Shilpika Dhuri
I am an orthotist and a prosthetist, and this course was great!
Bhatta Krishna Raj
The speaker is awesome! I am looking forward to more chapters on this topic!
Bernardo Jr. Cainto
Trinidad And Tobago