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What’s Next — a Ph.D. in Pedicures?

A group of 17 enthusiastic pedicurists has achieved the first-ever Bachelor of Science (BS) in Podology at Commonwealth University of Health Sciences in St. Kitts, West Indies.

Congratulations to the Class of ’06. A group of 17 enthusiastic pedicurists has achieved the first-ever Bachelor of Science (BS) in Podology at Commonwealth University of Health Sciences in St. Kitts, West Indies. Students from the United States and Canada who completed levels one through four of education offered at the North American School of Pedicuring (NASP) gathered on the Caribbean island in January of this year to participate in a five-day residency to obtain the designation. The NASP, founded by Katharin von Gavel in 2004, offers a five-level pedicuring program that can be completed on a part-time basis in one to two years.

Level 1– Advanced Pedicuring: New European techniques, correct use of new sterilizable implements, and nail and skin disorders.

Level 2 – Infection Control: Sanitation, disinfection, and sterilization in today’s spa.

Level 3 – Biomechanics and Gait: Understanding structural deformities, lower-limb anatomy, shoes, orthotics, in-depth gait analysis, and when to refer to a specialist.

Level 4 – Skin/Nail Disorders and Diseases: Advanced medical dermatology of the skin and nails, diabetic foot syndrome, product chemistry, and ingredients related to foot care.

Level 5 – Case Studies and Residency: Five-day, hands-on component with doctors and presentation of case studies. Upon completing level one, the pedicurist can apply for the Certified Master Pedicurist (CMP) designation. Levels two through five must then be completed to receive the B.S. in Podology. Classes are taught in various locations across North America throughout the year.

Keywords:   Katharin von Gavel     medical pedicures  

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