Orthopaedic Technology

Professional bachelor (English)

Location: Geel -Campus Geel

Coming september 2021!

As an orthopaedic (shoe) technologist you are the expert in measuring, designing, making and installing aids for people with disabilities. You will look for the most suitable solution for your client’s needs, whether they are an athlete or a rehabilitating patient. You will play an advisory role, in a multidisciplinary team, in the creation and implementation of your client’s (shoe) technological aids.

  • You're fascinated by people and the human body.
  • You're fascinated by technology.
  • You want to use technology to help people.
  • You want to do this by providing or creating an optimal tool.
  • You will learn how a healthy human body functions.
  • You will learn what happens when certain abnormalities occur and when certain muscle groups fail.
  • You will learn how to measure your classmates and people with disabilities for fitting (shoe) technological aids.
  • You will learn how to build and create optimal (shoe) technological aids.

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Els Moris
Programme Manager
Diane Maes
Care Coordinator
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  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Internship
  • Personal coaching
  • Go international
  • Short programme
  • Phase 1

    We are currently working on a new curriculum. As soon as this is completed, it will appear here. 

  • Phase 2

    We are currently working on a new curriculum. As soon as this is completed, it will appear here. 

  • Phase 3

    We are currently working on a new curriculum. As soon as this is completed, it will appear here. 

  • Internship

    From day one, you’ll come into contact with your future career field. Since most of your teachers currently work in this field as well, they can keep you up to date on the latest developments. 

    In phase 2 you will complete a four-week internship in your own country (or international) and in phase 3 that is 8 weeks.

  • Personal coaching

    Starting in the first year, this programme offers a course in professional development, which covers three main topics: personal development, professionalisation and entrepreneurship.

    In the first year, we will mainly focus on personal development by guiding you through the study process. In small groups, you will determine what you need to succeed in this study programme. This can be done under the supervision of students in a later phase of the programme or as a feedback moment after the exams. 

    Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) sessions are organised on a regular basis. During these sessions, students in the first phase can ask for help from students in the second and/or third phase, providing you with extra support in improving your study methods.

    During these PAL sessions, various activities are possible: comparing notes, completing exercises together, reviewing key concepts, working together and having discussions. 

  • Go international

    We won’t just stay in Belgium. It's important that you also know what's going on internationally within orthopaedics, so we will regularly take you to conferences and on visits to orthopaedic companies at home and abroad. For example, we will visit the biennial trade fair in Leipzig to see the latest technologies from companies all over the world.

    Starting in phase 1, we encourage you to read and do research in subject-specific technology in another language as well. Every year, we invite foreign professionals to talk about their practice and area of expertise.

  • Short programme

    If you have a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, a bachelor's degree in Podology, a bachelor's degree in Occupational Therapy or a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences, you will receive a fixed package of exemptions. Due to the many hours of practice and internship work involved in this programme, a shortened study programme is not possible, but the large package of exemptions does leave enough room to combine working and studying.

    With another diploma or previously acquired credits in higher education, you can apply for exemptions, and a flexible, tailor-made trajectory can be arranged.

    If you want to combine your studies with professional sports, work or family, you can opt for a flexible, tailor-made programme. Together with your study counsellor, you can draw up a manageable programme that allows you, for example, to spread your studies over more than three years.


  • Phase 1
  • Phase 2
  • Phase 3
  • Phase 1

    Courses are still subject to change.

    Semester 1

    • Anatomy (9 ECTS)
    • Biomechanics (9 ECTS)
    • Ortholab 1 (3 ECTS)
    • Orthopaedic technological design 1 (3 ECTS)

    Semester 2

    • Scientific skills 1 (3 ECTS)
    • Orthopaedic issues (3 ECTS)
    • Ortholab 2 (9 ECTS)
    • Orthopaedic technological design 2 (6 ECTS)
    • Pathology (3 ECTS)
    • Communication (3 ECTS)

    Optional courses (9 ECTS)

    • Philosophy
    • Intercultural communication
    • Speakers academy
    • Networking
    • Business management
    • ...
  • Phase 2

    Courses are still subject to change.

    Semester 1

    • Anatomy lower limbs (3 ECTS)
    • Pathology lower limbs orthotics (4 ECTS)
    • Patient approach and communication (4 ECTS)
    • Ortholab lower limbs orthotics (5 ECTS)
    • Orthopaedic technological design 1 (5 ECTS)

    Semester 2

    • Anatomy orthotics UL & trunk (3 ECTS)
    • Pathology orthotics UL & trunk (4 ECTS)
    • Ortholab upper limb & trunk orthotics (5 ECTS)
    • Orthopaedic technological design UL & trunk (5 ECTS)
    • Orthopaedic cases orthotics 1 (3 ECTS)
    • Work placement 1 orthotics (4 ECTS)

    Bisemestrial course

    • Professional development (3 ECTS)
    • Movement analyses & biomechanics 2 (9 ECTS)
    • Scientific skills 2 (3 ECTS)
  • Phase 3

    Courses are still subject to change.

    Semester 1

    • Ethical patient approach (3 ECTS)
    • Orthopaedic cases orthotics 2 (9 ECTS)
    • Ortholab orthotics lower limbs (9 ECTS)
    • Orthopaedic technological design orthotics 3 (9 ECTS)

    Semester 2

    • Management and patient administration (3 ECTS)
    • Bachelors' thesis orthotics (12 ECTS)
    • Work placement 2 orthotics (9 ECTS)
    • Optional course * (3 ECTS)

    Bisemestrial course

    • Professional development (6 ECTS)

    * Optional course

    • Choice of multidisciplinary projects

This programme in numbers

Some statistics about this programme
of the graduates employed within 1 month
new students in 2019-2020
living in student rooms

After Graduation

  • Get to work
  • Additional Studies
  • Get to work

    • Provider in a (shoe) orthopaedic technology company
    • Representative for an (international) orthopaedic technology company
    • Self-employed
    • Home care shop
    • Help to develop new (shoe) orthopaedic aids
    • Research in the (shoe) orthopaedic field
  • Additional Studies

    More information coming soon

Andreas Kerckhoven

Ottobock CPO - Technical Sales Prosthetics

For me, the course was an entrance ticket to a very fun and challenging profession in which humans and technology go hand in hand. 

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