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Course Description

Total Hours: 43

The Foot Care Nurse (FCN) course is designed for nurses (RN’s, NP’s, RPN’s & LPN’s) new to foot care and 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 competencies from the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses’ National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017), which are integrated as exit competencies to the course.

This course has an online theoretical component (FCN Part 1) and an in-person clinical mentorship component (FCN Part 2). It is designed to prepare participants to function as a Foot Care Nurse within a health care team.

FCN Part 2 (Clinical) is the mentorship and clinical component of the FCN course where students practise their Foot Care Nurse skills. The curriculum for Part 2 was developed by Foot Canada Training (formerly Foot Care Kingston) and is administered by Foot Care Nurse Educators, colleges and universities who have a license to access and use Foot Canada Training’s curriculum. Education providers teach and administer FCN Part 2 independently from Foot Canada Training. Each education provider has access to the same standardized peer-reviewed education guidelines and suggested FCN Part 2 Course Outline. Please visit the FCN 2 (Clinical) page of the Foot Canada Training website for a list of FCN Part 2 locations.

This is the suggested course outline for all FCN Part 2 education providers. Sections of this course outline may be adjusted by the FCN Part 2 Educator to meet local education needs. Students are invited to inquire directly with their FCN Part 2 Educator to get a final version of the course outline for their location.


  • FCN Part 1- Applicants must start FCN Part 2 within 12 months of achieving a passing grade from FCN Part 1. Exceptions to the 12-month rule may be allowed in extenuating circumstances. Applicants are to contact their Part 2 location of choice to discuss their unique circumstances and for more detail.
  • 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. 
  • Safety and Ethics – It is expected that nurses participating in this course will:
    • follow all applicable legislation;
    • use only the skills authorized within their scope of practice;
    • demonstrate the entry-to-practice competencies, practice standards and guidelines established by their provincial or territorial regulatory body. 

Nurses who fail to adhere to the above, resulting in safety and/or ethical concerns, will be removed from the course at the Educator’s discretion and marked as Incomplete. Re-entry to the course may or may not be possible based on the Educator's recommendations. Remedial assignment(s) and additional fees may be applicable. 

  • Insurance/ID - Each student will need to bring a printed copy of the following on the first day of class:
    • Proof of at least $2 million in personal protective insurance (malpractice insurance).
    • Current government issued photo ID.

Required Reading

Students are expected to obtain the following:

  • Lazenby, Cindy. LM. (2017) Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada.
  • Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017). Canada: CAFCN.


Students meeting the minimum passing grade requirement will be provided with a Certificate of Completion from their education provider.

FCN Part 2 Exit Competencies

The 7 Domains of CAFCN’s National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017)) are used as exit competencies for FCN Part 2 (see table below). Exit competencies consist of the minimum set of skills and knowledge required to competently practise as a Foot Care Nurse.


Passing Grade - Students achieving a final grade of Satisfactory (S) by Day 6 are considered to have met the exit expectations and competencies for FCN Part 2 at an entry level. 

Absent for 1 hour or more - It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they arrive on time and attend all the scheduled hours for each day, and participate in all the exercises in this course in their entirety to receive a passing grade and certificate. Students will be marked as 'Incomplete' if missing a cumulative total of an hour or more of FCN Part 2. Students marked as 'Incomplete' may have to register for FCN Part 2 a second time to complete the course. In exceptional circumstances, based on the Lead Educator's assessment, availability and location-specific policies, students who miss an hour or more of FCN Part 2 may be offered the possibility of remedial arrangements to make up the time missed. Additional fees may be applicable. The FCN Part 2 certificate will only be issued once the student has participated in the full 43 hours required for the FCN Part 2 course.

Interpretation of Final Grades

Final Grade Satisfactory (S) (Pass)

  • Competent - Meets expectations for exit competencies.
  • Recommendation - Practise within an agency with an onsite mentor or an easily accessible mentor, for a minimum of two years.

Final Grade Unsatisfactory (U) (Fail)  

  • Not Competent - Does not meet exit competencies effectively or consistently.
  • Recommendation - The student cannot practise nursing foot care. Recommended to get remedial assistance prior to applying for re-entry to the course.

Final Grade (Incomplete)

  • Not Competent– Student was absent for a portion of the course resulting in skill development and/or skill assessment being incomplete.
  • Recommendation - The student cannot practise nursing foot care. Student must make remedial arrangements with their FCN Part 2 location or must re-take FCN Part 2. Note that additional fees may be applicable. The availability of remedial arrangements will be based on FCN Part 2 location-specific policies and procedures, the Lead Educator’s assessment of the student’s individual circumstances and the Educator’s availability to accommodate the student.

Part 2 Lesson Plan (43 hrs)

Mentorship (3 hours) - Students will observe their FCN Part 2 Lead Educator or one of the FCN Part 2 Preceptors performing two nursing foot care clinical appointments. These mentorship hours are to be completed during FCN Part 2 hours.

Advance Nursing Foot Care Skills (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 Part 2 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 two volunteer clients each. 

Clinical Skills (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, per student group.

FCN Part 2 Registration

Tuition for Part 2 is not included in tuition for Part 1. We strongly encourage all interested students apply for FCN Part 2 during their first month of participating in Part 1.    

Please visit the FCN 2 (Clinical) page of the Foot Canada Training website a list of Foot Care Nurse Educators, colleges and universities with a license to teach Part 2 of the Foot Care Nurse course.

We recommend that students get the following location-specific course information directly from their FCN Part 2 course location prior to registering for FCN Part 2: 

  • Course Outline
  • Course Dates and Registration Deadlines
  • Contact Information
  • Location(s)
  • Education Team Biographies
  • Registration Requirements and Process
  • Tuition
  • Tuition Refund, Course Cancellation and Waitlist Policy
  • Instruments and Supplies
  • Privacy and Confidentiality Standards
  • Dress Code
  • Unique Facility-Specific Policies and Procedures (including location-specific documents and forms, such as client confidentiality agreements)
Once location-specific documents and forms are reviewed, students must list the name of these forms/documents on the last page of this course outline and email a scan or clear copy of this page to their Part 2 location.

Foot Canada Training Intellectual Property Policy 

  • The Canada Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) protects all original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work created in Canada or treaty countries, giving the author the sole "right to copy" (Canadian Intellectual Property Office, 2018). 

  • The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (2018) defines copyright as:

 "In the simplest terms, "copyright" means "the right to copy." In general, copyright means the sole right to produce or reproduce a work or a substantial part of it in any form. It includes the right to perform the work or any substantial part of it or, in the case of a lecture, to deliver it. If the work is unpublished, copyright includes the right to publish the work or any substantial part of it." 
  • The content of Foot Canada Training's online courses is copyrighted and cannot be copied, shared or published without written permission of Foot Canada Training's Director, Cindy Lazenby.

  • If written permission to copy, share or publish one of Foot Canada Training's original works is provided by Foot Canada Training's Director, proper reference to the author must be given when the work is used.

References used to develop this policy

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In signing this document, I confirm that I have read this FCN Part 2 Course Outline, reviewed location-specific course information and read all additional location-specific forms/documents listed above. 

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