Online Course
Orthotics Programme
Achieve optimal outcomes for clients with an in-depth understanding of orthotics

14-16 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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This programme introduces the assessment and prescription of different types of orthoses. An orthosis is an external device that can support, protect and re-align different parts of the body. It can be an off-the-shelf (OTS) device or custom made for the individual user. This programme will explore when, why and where to use an orthosis and the important design features of each device. The use of orthotics should be part of a holistic treatment programme and for optimum outcomes, especially in more complex cases, part of a multi-disciplinary team (MDT) approach.


The aim of this programme is to provide an overview of different types of orthoses, describe the clinical reasoning for prescription and design, and discuss the use of orthotics as part of a holistic rehabilitation programme.


This programme will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to Orthotics
  2. Introduction to Foot Orthotics
  3. Orthotic Design for Foot Pathologies
  4. Introduction to Ankle-Foot Orthoses
  5. Introduction to Complex Orthoses
  6. Introduction to Spinal Orthoses

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 14-16 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 13.9 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this programme of courses 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. Complete each of the required courses
  5. Submit a written assignment that passes the assessment criteria.
  6. Complete a course evaluation form.

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.