Foot Care Courses
Foot Canada Training provides a range of Foot Health-related courses and workshops dedicated to standardizing care practices across communities, increasing access to high-quality educational resources and training, and improving patient overall health.
Online Foot Care Nurse Theory Course
Foot Care Nurse Clinical Training
Online FCN Theory + Clinical PACKAGE
Foot Health: The Role of the Support Worker Online Course
Online Foot Care Theory: International
Online Foot Care Nurse Theory Course
The Online Foot Care Nurse Theory Course is designed for Canadian nurses (RN’s, NP’s, RPN’s & LPN’s) new to foot care, or for experienced Foot Care Nurses who wish to update their knowledge and skills.
The course follows a comprehensive, advanced and diabetic nursing foot care curriculum. This curriculum is based on current best practice guidelines and evidence-based practice, including the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017). Students are expected to complete online quizzes and view pre-recorded slide presentations from their work/home computer.
After successfully completing the FCN Theory course, nurses new to foot care must complete clinical training in order to work as a Foot Care Nurse in Canada.
The Online FCN Theory Course can be taken on its own for educational purposes, or as part of the Foot Canada Training Foot Care Nurse Program (2 Parts: Online Theory & Clinical Training). You can find a list of all of our Clinical Training Locations below. Some locations offer the option to register for the Theory+Clinical courses together as a package, for your convenience. When you click REGISTER NOW check to see if your location is listed. If not, you can register for the Theory Course online, and the Clinical Training separately by contacting the educator in your area directly.
Want help with tuition? Have a look at our Financial Aid page for information on discounts and possible funding options.
2022 Tuition = $800 (taxes included)
If your tuition is being paid by an employer or sponsoring organization please contact us before registering.
"I just completed the Advanced Foot Care Nurse theory course and I am writing to share my experience with Foot Canada, which has been entirely positive.
From initial contact and ongoing communication the staff were always courteous, professional and helpful. I especially appreciated the great support I received when I reached out for help.The Foot Care Nurse theory course is excellent as well!
The curriculum is comprehensive, it aligns with and emphasizes evidence-based practice and includes ample resources aligned with current best practices to support further learning and development. The course also aligns content with CAFCN’s competencies. I find the competency-based approach has been really helpful to help me prepare for the upcoming clinical course.
Overall, I found this course and the staff have really set me up for success to become a competent Advanced and Diabetic Foot Care Nurse. Thank you so much Foot Canada!!"
- Teresa Roy RN
Outside the Box Thinking
"Excellent course. Well thought out where one has to also think “outside the box”, as to patient care, infection prevention and control and not just foot care. They are very passionate about foot care and patient well being."
- Stacie Currier RN
Textbook is Very Informative!
"I am a new Foot Care Nurse and have just completed my online portion of the course. The textbook was very informative and worked well with the course outline and assignments. I have learned a lot and am excited to put my knowledge to work. I would recommend this course for anyone who is looking to advance and upgrade in their career."
- Andrea Lockyer RPN
"I am enrolled in the Foot Canada Training - Theory program currently running. First, I must say that I am very impressed with the thoroughness of the program, it has far exceeded my expectations! This course has compelled me to examine areas of nursing that, admittedly I should have been more conscientious about, but was so caught up in the ‘clinicalness’ of, I did not devote the effort to areas like best practice, competencies, the business aspect of nursing and our relationship with FNIH....Thank you so much for your help."
- Barbara Pound RN
My First Online Course- and It Was The Right Choice!
"I've never taken courses online and it was hard to decide to take it. I can say it was a great experience and the right decision. Everything was clear and went smoothly. Questions that I had during the course were answered in a few hours. The textbook was very helpful, had good illustrations and a glossary I will use for a long time before I become familiar with all the terms."
- Tatiana Basmanova RPN
Now I am Set Up For Success!
In the new Online FCN Theory Course, the abundance of optional and required reading (and the web links to access current and up to date information outside of the course itself) go above and beyond my expectations.
This course is a clear guide to what it takes to be a FCN in Canada. I feel it really set me up for success! 5 Stars!!
-Miranda Smith, British Columbia Canada
Textbook is a GREAT Resource
Great Course, easy to follow. Lots of great information.
The textbook is a great resource!
COREY MACKENZIE - NOVA SCOTIA
CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST INDIGENOUS SERVICES CANADA
So Many Opportunities!
It was a very good experience for me! I didn't know there were so many opporunties available in this field.
Remya Bijo - Ontario
Great Clinical Training - Very Personal!
I just wanted to send a well deserved positive personal message advising of the great training I received with Soft Soles, in Ottawa ON.
The Instructor Michelle built a well-designed course full of theory knowledge that we were able to practice in a clinical setting. Client talked very highly of Michelle and fellow Soft Sole workers, not only for the care they receive during their appointment, but the after-care as well (teaching, follow ups, etc).
This course was incredible and I will be highly recommending it to fellow nurses.
Robyn Crutchlow - Carleton, ON
Great Retirement Plan!
This course was very different than the one I took in 2019. Although, both were informative and I enjoyed both of them. I look forward to arranging my practicum now so I can start my journey in my own Foot Care Practice when I'm not working my other job.
Also this will be nice to have upon retirement phase when I'm ready to gear down in practice.
-Tammy Robinson, Ontario
Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical Course
The Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical Course is a 43 hour/6 day mentorship and clinical course for Canadian nurses who have successfully completed the Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course and are ready to practice their Foot Care Nurse skills onsite with the guidance and supervision of a Foot Care Nurse Educator. The course uses the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) as Clinical Performance Standards and teaches a comprehensive, advanced and diabetic nursing foot care curriculum, which follows current best practice guidelines and evidence-based practice.
The curriculum for FCN Clinical was developed by Foot Canada Training and is taught by Foot Care Nurse Educators, colleges and universities who have a license to access and use Foot Canada Training’s curriculum.
FCN Theory- Applicants must start the FCN Clinical course within 12 months of achieving a passing grade from the FCN Theory course.
Non-restricted Nursing Registration/License – Applicants must hold a current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License (temporary or full) from the territory or province in which they will be taking the course.
Students are expected to obtain the following:
Lazenby, Cindy. LM. (2017) Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada. (Same textbook from the Online FCN Theory Course.
Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017). Canada: CAFCN. (Downloadable)
Clinical Performance Standards
The 7 Domains of CAFCN’s National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) are used as Clinical Performance Standards for FCN Clinical. Clinical Performance Standards consist of the minimum set of skills and knowledge required to competently practice as a Foot Care Nurse.
This course emphasizes professional accountability through resourceful and self-directed learning. Skills and knowledge will be evaluated by the student and the Educator.
Evaluation is continuous and will consist of formative and summative methods, including step-by-step guided-learning exercises and return demonstrations.
FCN Clinical Course Content (43 hrs/6 days)
Educators can adjust the organization and delivery of their course to meet the needs of their students and patients. Please discuss specific course details with the Educator in your area. See below for a list of Educators by location.
Advanced Nursing Foot Care Skills ( approximately 21.5 hours) – This portion of the course will be taught in a nursing lab or foot care clinical setting and will cover all advanced nursing foot care skills required to complete FCN Clinical, including: risk assessments, treatment, development of individualized treatment plans, referrals and health education. Students will be guided to simulate step by step practical hands-on skills on 2 volunteer clients each (minimum).
Mentorship (approximately 3 hours)- Students will observe their FCN Clinical Lead Educator or one of the FCN Clinical Preceptors performing 2 nursing foot care clinical appointments (minimum). These mentorship hours are to be completed during the hours of the FCN Clinical.
Clinical Skills (approximately 18.5 hours) – This portion of the course is offered in a clinical care setting and provides students with clinical experience with 10 -13 volunteer clients (minimum).
Variable – Each Educator sets the price of their Clinical Course. Please contact the Educator in your area to get a quote. See below for a list of Educators by location.
Clinical Training Locations
The Education Providers listed have a license to teach Foot Canada Training’s Curriculum for the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical course, as well as the Foot Care Nurse Clinical Refresher course and Advanced Foot Care Skills Workshops.
Locations in Canada:
New Locations Coming Soon!
We announce new clinical education providers regularly, so check back often.
Are you a Foot Care Nurse Educator, college, university or health agency interested in teaching the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical course, the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical Refresher course and Advanced Foot Care Nurse Skills Workshops in your community? Please visit our Become an Educator page for for more information.
It is the responsibility of each nurse to ensure they are working within their scope of practice by following the requirements of their provincial or territorial nursing governing body and national nursing foot care associations as outlined in related policies, competencies, guidelines, standards, acts and regulations.
Foot Health: The Role of the Support Worker Online Course
An introduction to Foot Health for all support personnel and caregivers, promoting general health through prevention and early detection of common and serious conditions, and increasing awareness of diabetic complications. Support Workers in Long Term Care homes, hospitals, homecare, institutional and community settings, as well as family members supporting loved ones, and patients newly diagnosed with Diabetes, will all find this course extremely helpful in identifying their very important role as part of the patient’s Foot Health Team.
This course takes approximately 15 hours to complete and is done independently online. Students will receive Recognition of Completion once they have finished the course successfully. Registration is ongoing and there is no textbook to purchase.
Online Foot Care Theory for International Nurses
The Online Foot Care Theory for International Nurses course (FCN International) provides a theoretical foundation for nursing professionals trained and licensed outside of Canada, who are preparing for a career in nursing foot care in their country, or who are looking to expand the scope of their nursing skills.
This course is designed for nursing professionals new to foot care, or for experienced Foot Care Nurses who wish to update their knowledge and skills. The course follows a comprehensive, Canadian advanced and diabetic nursing foot care curriculum. This curriculum is based on current best practice guidelines and evidence-based practice, including the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017). Students are expected to complete online assignments and view pre- recorded webinars from their work/home computer.
After successfully completing this course, nurses are encouraged to seek hands-on clinical foot care nurse training in their country.
This course is NOT for internationally-educated nurses (IEN) preparing to work as foot care nurses in Canada. All nurses working in Canada must be licensed in Canada, and qualify for the original Online FCN Theory Course and Clinical Training.