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Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical Course

Nursing Foot Care Clinical Practice Education


Course Description

The curriculum for the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical course (FCN Clinical) was developed by Foot Canada Training. This course is taught and 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 Clinical independently from Foot Canada Training.

The FCN Clinical course is a mentorship and clinical course for 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.

Licensed Clinical Education Providers

We strongly recommend students complete their FCN Clinical training with a Clinical Education Provider licensed to teach the Foot Canada Training Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical course (listed in section below).

We believe that encouraging local education solutions is the best way to facilitate accessible nursing foot care continuing education. With this thought in mind, we started making our peer-reviewed FCN Clinical, FCN Clinical Refresher and Advanced FCN Skills Workshop Curriculum available to Clinical Education Providers nation-wide in 2019 through licensing.

The following Clinical Education Providers currently have a license to access and teach Foot Canada Training's FCN Clinical, FCN Clinical Refresher and Advanced FCN Skills Workshop Curriculum. Note that not all courses and workshops may be available at your location of choice. If you have not done so already, we recommend contacting your preferred course location as soon as possible to inquire about upcoming FCN Clinical courses and the course registration process. Registration to FCN Theory does not guarantee a space for FCN Clinical at your location of choice for the upcoming session. Note that some locations require students to start FCN Clinical within 12 months of graduating from FCN Theory. If registration is insufficient, FCN Clinical courses can sometimes be rescheduled and/or relocated.

Prince George BC

Dryden ON     

Minowaywin Mishkikii Qwe

Ottawa ON

Soft Soles Advanced Diabetic Foot Care Logo

Thunder Bay ON

Windsor ON

Arlene's Healthy Heels

Included below are some of FCN Clinical course curriculum features we would like to highlight:

  • The curriculum for the 6 day/43+ hour hands-on Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical course was initially developed as a Part 2 to the Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course (11 week/110 hours).

  • Foot Canada Training's FCN Theory and Clinical Course Curriculum has the most number of hours of all FCN courses in Canada designed for Canadian RN's, RPN's, LPN's & NP's = 153 hours combined.

  • The Foot Canada Training curriculum uses the the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) as Clinical Performance Standards and is compliant with the IPAC Canada Position Statement 2019 - "Point-of-use sterility of critical, reprocessed foot care instruments for every client"

  • As best practice guidelines and accreditation criteria continue to change during this period of rapid acceleration in the field of nursing foot care, Foot Canada Training continues to provide annual updates to its curriculum and apply for credible and relevant course approval processes as they become available.

  • This curriculum was developed by Cindy Lazenby, with several years of FCN Educator piloting and peer-review, as well as health care agency and education consultant feedback. Cindy is the lead author of the Art and Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada and has an extensive history of providing nursing foot care education and advocating for improvements in nursing foot care in Canada. Cindy was the founding Chair of the CAFCN and continues to be a contributing member to this day. Since 1993, Cindy and her associates have trained over 4000 Foot Care Nurses across the country. Please visit Cindy's detailed profile page for additional information on her experience and training.

A few more things to keep in mind:

  • Clinical Education Providers with a Foot Canada Training Curriculum License each have access to the same standardized peer-reviewed education guidelines and suggested Onsite FCN Clinical Course Outline. Note that although these education providers use our curriculum, courses are taught and administered independently from Foot Canada Training. The curriculum is provided as a guideline, education providers may make modifications to better reflect their requirements.

  • If planning on traveling out-of-province to complete the FCN Clinical course, please read the information on our Q & A page on what needs to be considered.

  • If you know an experienced Foot Care Nurse interested in teaching the FCN Clinical course in your area, please invite them to contact us. They can also see all options we provide by reading the following section of our Q & A page: I am an Educator interested in teaching foot care nurse clinical courses and/or workshops. What options are available to me?

Training Alternative

Some of our colleagues in the nursing foot care community have developed their own clinical training for Foot Care Nurse. Although we strongly recommend students complete their FCN Clinical training with a Clinical Education Provider that has a license to use the Foot Canada Training curriculum, we recognize that this may not always be the best fit for every student. Some students may not be able to travel to the available locations, or the timing of the courses offered may not work for them. Regardless of the reason, we believe it is important for students to have options. All nurses are welcome to complete Foot Canada Training's FCN Theory course and attend the clinical portion of their nursing foot care training with the education provider of their choice. If unsure if the clinical training option you are considering meets the requirements to practice as a Foot Care Nurse in your province, we invite you to contact your provincial regulatory body for confirmation. Note that Foot Canada Training does not review or advise on third party course curriculum/preceptorships/mentorships.

For more information on this, please read the following sections of our Q & A page: Can I pick my own FCN Clinical course Mentor/Educator/Education Provider?

We also recommend reading the following articles from our August 2020 newsletter:
  • Independent Clinical Training Options
  • Top 10 questions to Ask Before Paying Tuition


Regardless of the clinical training option you choose, we recommend that students get the following course information directly from their Clinical Education Provider prior to registering:

  • 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)