The Diploma in Pedorthics is designed to provide students with practical and applied knowledge and skills required to practise as pedorthists; the academic component is combined with a practicum component that will enable them to gain valuable experience working in the field. Developed in collaboration with the Pedorthic Association of Canada, the program provides students the practical and applied knowledge and skills required to prepare for the C.Ped.(C) exam, the credential required to practice as a Pedorthist in Canada. The Diploma will consist of the equivalent of 13 full degree-credit courses: 8 degree-credit half-courses (the equivalent of 4 full degree-credit courses), plus seven half-credit diploma-credit courses (3.5 full course equivalents), and 3 practicum sessions (5.5 full course equivalents).
Enrolment will be limited and competitive, and will be determined on a case by case basis by the Faculty of Health Sciences and Continuing Studies at Western. All students will be admitted to the Diploma in Pedorthics according to the policies and guidelines for admission to the University. Non-Western students must first apply to Western through the Ontario University Application Centre in Guelph, Ontario. In addition, prospective students must also complete the application form for the Diploma in Pedorthics provided by Continuing Studies at Western. Application forms are available through Continuing Studies at Western. Students who are currently enrolled at Western are only required to complete a Continuing Studies at Western application form.
Western undergraduate students may complete the degree-credit components of the Diploma as part of their degree requirements, then complete the diploma-credit components to obtain the Diploma. Graduates with a BA or BSc in Kinesiology, or equivalent degree from another university, and who have completed the equivalent degree-credit courses, may apply for admission to the program.
The College of Pedorthics of Canada endorses this Diploma.