Specialized Courses in Orthotics and Prosthetics


The mission of Human Study e.V. is to provide both contemporary and advanced knowledge – based, scientific physical rehabilitation education to participating clinicians via blended distance learning, using a proven combination of didactic and hands-on training.

The full spectrum of physical rehabilitation treatment and care is incredibly diverse and constantly advancing through applications of new innovative techniques and technology.

The SPECIALIZED COURSES (SCOPe) designed  by Human Study e.V enable both, continuing and advanced educational opportunities so that motivated prosthetic and orthotic (P&O) clinical practitioners have the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge and skills in order to keep pace with an ever increasing world of prosthetic and orthotic contemporary practice.

Specialized Courses are delivered in four steps:

1. Up to eight (8) weeks of on-line based e-learning of theoretical content
2. Up to nine (9) days of on-site clinical instructions and training (hands-on patients)
3. Three (3) month online follow up for revision of individual student case presentations
4. Final evaluation exam leading to a Certificate of Achievement

(required for certification of attendance and satisfactory  completion of all course requirements)

The overall number of participants per class never exceeds 10 participants in order to ensure best possible knowledge transfer.

In order to ensure high-level outcome during the clinical instructions and training seminars, the number of clinical expert trainers is be determined by the number of participants.

The beauty of blended learning is that SCOPe engages with experts in the field from all around the world!  SCOPe has a diverse range of lecturers from Spain, Germany, Australia, Tunisia, Croatia, Thailand and the United States. This diversity provides international perspectives and developments, which filter nicely through the course.

The following subject areas are currently offered by Human Study.

However, individual specialized courses can be designed on any desired subject upon request.

SCOPe in Prosthetics

– Partial-Foot Prosthetics – Chopart prosthesis according to “Bellmann”
– Ankle Disarticulations
– Transtibial – Classic, Vacuum and Liner Techniques
– Transfemoral – Ischial Containment Socket Design
– Transfemoral– Liner Techniques, Dynamic Knees and Feet
– Knee Disarticulation
– Hip Disarticulation
– Myo – Electric Upper Extremity Prosthetics

SCOPe in Orthotics

– Diabetic Foot Care
– Pathologies of foot and ankle (FO, AFO, GRAFO)
– Pathologies of foot, ankle, knee and hip (KAFO, HKAFO)
– Neuro – Pediatrics  (DAFO)
– Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis Treatment  (Sobernheim Concept)

Initial e-learning

Each participant acquires credentials to be enrolled to the Human Study web-based learning platform to participate in the online activities.

This period lasts between five (5) and eight (8) weeks (according to subject area) and covers interactive theoretical content, video material and weekly online meetings for live lectures and discussions.

Each participant also gains access to platform tools such as forums, direct messaging and the glossary.

The online period allows the participants to organize their studies according to their own pace and timing, in order to facilitate personal and professional needs. (a-synchronous)

For the on-line based e-learning portion, participants will be enrolled to the

Human Study proprietary virtual classroom/internet platform, to study and review specific multi-media content.

The content areas delivered through the e-learning part will vary according to the subject matter of the course selected.

In general, theoretical content includes aspects of

  • Anatomy/Physiology
  • Pathology
  • Biomechanics
  • Professional Practice
  • Material Science

Since the program is delivered parallel to the job, it is important to know that the average time needed to follow the online studies does not exceed 6h per week.

Once the theoretical e-learning portions are completed, the hands-on clinical workshop will be implemented on-site.

On-site clinical instructions

The ultimate goal of the clinical hands-on instructions and training is that each participant will manufacture an individual device (according to subject area) under close monitoring of the expert trainers/instructors.

The trainer/instructor will perform the clinical hands-on demonstration in a step-by-step approach covering all aspects of the treatment circle, including the fabrication/finishing process as well as the patient fitting, adjusting and testing. Participants are encouraged to immediately reproduce the demonstrated techniques under close monitoring of the trainer/instructor. Participants perform the entire fabrication process, from the patient intake and anamnesis up to the testing, fitting and analysis of the final device.

Clinical instruction and training workshop will follow individual requirements to meet the specific needs of each subject area and will be proctored by renowned prosthetic and orthotic experts.

The clinical instructions and training on-site (workshop) last between five (5) and nine (9) days. It takes place at a centralized local P&O facility where Human Study experts will provide detailed hands-on instructions and training ultimately leading participants to replicate the demonstrated techniques under close supervision of the trainer team.

Following the clinical workshop on-site, participants will be engaged to replicate the techniques learned treating patients at their home facilities and to present their comprehensive case studies to the trainer team by online presentation.

Online follow-up

During this follow-up period, participants present up to three (3) clinical case presentations based on the learned techniques. These presentations are reviewed and discussed online with the trainer team and fellow participants in the class.

This period lasts for three (3) months and participants are encouraged to follow-up with the trainer team on the lessons and techniques learned during the on-site activities, once they have returned to their home workshop facilities. In addition, each participant is invited to prepare up to three (3) clinical case presentations according to the newly learned techniques for peer to peer and teacher review and discussions.

Case presentations are delivered through a Power Point template format provided by the course. The review and discussion take place during live sessions (synchronous), analyzing procedures and results, thus acquiring valuable feedback from the group with the trainer as moderator.


SCOPe primarily aims at P&O professional clinicians who are already functioning on-the-job, but are interested to acquire additional state-of-the-art knowledge and clinical skills that will not only escalate their own performance, but will especially and directly benefit the patients they are serving.

If you are new to the field of orthotics and prosthetics, then the basic courses are a great place to start!

If you already have an orthotic/prosthetic qualification, then the advanced courses will extend your knowledge and enable you to build competency in new areas, increasing your scope of practice.

Training candidate requirements:

  • At least 1-year of clinical working experience in the prosthetics/orthotics profession
  • Accessible computer and internet access
  • Good English language linguistic level with a professional/technical working proficiency (bi-lingual course delivery is possible and may be available upon early request).

Qualification Credits

At the end of each course, Human Study offers the opportunity to sit for an examination.

The mandatory presentation of at least one (1) case presentation during the online follow-up period and a successful pass of the final theoretical examination will lead to the provision of a Human Study Certificate of Achievement verifying satisfactory completion of all course requirements.

To help ensure that you are able to satisfy continuing education requirements of your country, SCOPe can apply in advance to your local Certification Board for continuing education credits.

Once you have completed the required number of SCOPe Courses, you may be eligible to sit the ISPO Category 2 (Associate Prosthetist Orthotist) Exam. Contact your SCOPe Team for detailed information.


The individual courses offered by SCOPe are specific by each subject area and tuition is calculated on an individual basis. The calculation considers relevant factors such as the number of e-learning weeks for the theoretical content, duration of the clinical on-site workshop, number of participants, etc. Please contact your SCOPe Team for pricing information.


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