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print                           Online FCN Educator Course Outline

Inspiring Excellence in Nursing Education

*Consolidated in 2021 from the original FCN Preceptor and FCN Educator courses

Course Description

Total Hours: 75

The newly consolidated Online Foot Care Nurse Educator (FCNEd) course introduces the basics of adult learning theory (including assessment and teaching principles) and explores the practical skills necessary to teach a Foot Care Nurse course - lesson planning, presentation methods and technology, as well as health and safety. The 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) and the WHO Nurse Educator Core Competencies (2016)

The FCNEd course is offered online and consists of six sections, each including an exercise and a multiple-choice evaluation. It is estimated that each section, including the required reading, exercise and evaluation, takes 7 hours to complete. The course also includes a final project, which is estimated to take 30 hours to complete. Students should also plan for about 3 hours of administrative work setting themselves up online, corresponding with the instructor, filling out the pre and post self-evaluations and completing the course satisfaction survey. 

The FCNEd course is to be completed at the student’s own pace. However, section exercises, multiple-choice evaluations and projects are to be completed in the order provided. Students do not need to wait for results from a previous section to continue to the next section. Students should allow for 5 days for the results of each section exercise and 3 weeks for results on the final project.

All exercises, evaluations and projects must be submitted before the course end-date.  


  • Nursing Registration - Each applicant must hold a current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License (temporary or full) from a Canadian territory or province.

  • Foot Care Nurse Training – Each applicant must have completed a Canadian Foot Care Nurse course(s), which included both theory and onsite training.


  • Training and Experience – Foot care nursing skills will be assessed in the final project, in accordance with CAFCN National Competencies (2017) and IPAC position statement (2019). Although not mandatory, in order to excel in the FCNEd course, we recommend that students have the following:
    • Foot Canada Training’s Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course (2017 or later) 
    • FCN Clinical Training (provided by a Foot Canada Training Licensed Clinical Education Provider or local available equivalent) – We recommend updating your clinical skills every 5 years 
    • CAFCN Membership
  • Regulatory Body Rules & Regulations- Note that some regulatory bodies have rules and regulations in place specific to Foot Care Nurse Educators and Education. Please contact your province or territory's nursing regulatory bodies for more information before registering for this course, to ensure this is the right fit for you.

Required Textbooks and Reading Materials

Computer Access and Computer Literacy Requirements

  • Access to a high-speed internet connection.

  • Access to a device with video recording capabilities (computer, tablet, phone, video camera) and the ability to download the most recent internet browsers, computer software and operating system updates.

  • Ability to work through a web-based course, including the use of different websites and web applications. Students must be able to log onto the Educator Student Lounge, use personal email, download and view documents from PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and use shared documents and social media.

  • One-on-one computer technical support is not covered in the tuition, as technological issues are beyond the scope of the course Facilitator and administrators. Students must be confident in the reliability of their computer, in their computer skills and have the ability to independently problem solve any computer and software issues that may arise. Problem solving may include asking a friend or local IT professional for support or searching online for IT and course-related questions.



  • Tuition = $1,010 + tax

Tuition includes:

  • Access to our website's secure FCN Educator Student Lounge.
  • Six course exercises, six multiple-choice evaluations and 1 Final Project to be submitted electronically.
  • A course Facilitator to review your progress on your weekly evaluations and respond to your queries.
  • Course administrative costs.

Tuition does not include:

  • The course textbooks.
  • Requests outside of normal course activities or outside of educational and administrative support activities, including requests for remedial evaluations, course transcripts and third-party correspondence.
  • Technical computer support.

Refund and Withdrawal Policy

We advise prospective students to ensure this course is the right fit for them prior to sending tuition. Tuition received is non-refundable and cannot be deferred. Tuition is allocated towards course expenses from the date of receipt.

If tuition is being paid by a sponsoring organization, such as an employer, note that tuition is only transferable to another student with a minimum of 48 hour notice prior to the course start date and that the student must use the tuition for the same course and course dates. An administrative fee of $200 + tax is applicable for tuition transfers.  

We strongly encourage students to contact us with any questions or concerns prior to completing registration.

Course Extension Policy

Course extensions are not available as our systems are updated between semesters. All assignments must be submitted by the course end-date. If unable to complete the course work before the course end date, students have the option to register again for the next class at the discounted tuition rate of $250 + tax.


Students meeting the minimum passing grade requirement of 85% will be provided with a certificate of completion from Foot Canada Training. 


Passing Grade: Students achieving a final mark of 85% or higher are considered to have met the FCNEd course exit competencies. Exit Competencies to be evaluated consist of the minimum set of skills and knowledge required to be an Educator for the clinical and mentorship portion a Foot Care Nurse course.

The FCNEd course has the following 6 sections, each including a multiple-choice evaluation and an exercise, and a Final Project.

  1. Understanding the Learner
  2. Lesson Planning
  3. Assessment Methods and Tools
  4. Presentation Skills
  5. Planning & Using Technology
  6. Health, Safety & Legal Considerations

Marking is calculated as follows:

  • 30% - 6 section exercises submitted by email (5% each)
  • 30% - 6 section multiple-choice evaluations submitted online (5% each)
  • 40% - 1 Final Project to be submitted by email
    • Final Project: Teach a hands-on nursing foot care skill: Podiatry Instrument Skills (submitted with video of skill being taught, full lesson plan, materials sheet, handouts, assessment tools)

Interpretation of Final Grades

Final Grade 85-100% (Pass)

  • Competent - Meets expectations for Exit Competencies
  • Recommendation – Student to receive a certificate of completion for the FCN Educator course and is considered competent to be a Foot Care Nurse Educator.

Final Grade 0-84% (Fail)  

  • Not Competent - Does not meet Exit Competencies effectively or consistently. 
  • Recommendation - Recommended to apply for re-entry to the course.

FCNEd Exit Competencies

Upon completion of the course, the student must meet the Exit Competencies listed below which have been adapted for this course from the WHO Nurse Educator Core Competencies (2016).

Competency 1: Nurse Educators possess a sound understanding of contemporary educational theories, principles and models underlying the design of curricula and the value of adult learning.

1.1. Exhibit an understanding of conceptual and theoretical foundations and principles related to health profession education and adult learning.

1.2. Analyze and recognize domains of learning (cognitive, affective and psychomotor) and their application in different academic contexts.

1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of curriculum development which incorporates educational theories, principles and models.

Competency 2: Nurse Educators demonstrate the skills and abilities to design, implement, monitor and manage curricula based on sound, contemporary educational models, principles, and best evidence.

2.1. Identify ways to create curricula which support context-based nursing practice needs and reflect current trends in the health-care environment.

2.2. Understand how to formulate evaluation tools for teaching and learning experiences, and use results to monitor learners' performance and desired outcomes of courses. 

2.5 Create and maintain a safe environment that is conducive to learning in theoretical, clinical simulation and practice settings.

2.7 Incorporate and engage learners with the use of appropriate information technologies in teaching and learning processes.

2.8 Formulate evaluation tools for teaching and learning experiences and use results to monitor learners’ performance and desired outcomes of courses.

Competency 3: Nurse Educators demonstrate effective communication skills that promote collaborative teamwork and enhance partnership among health profession educational and clinical practice.

3.1. Exhibit an understanding of best practice in nursing education. Articulate the importance of standardized assessments and Best Practice Guidelines.

Competency 4: Nurse Educators utilize a variety of strategies to monitor and evaluate nursing programmes, curricula and mastery of student learning.

4.1. Identify a variety of assessment tools and methods to ascertain student competence in cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains.

4.2. Identify ways to foster learner's self-assessment skills and reflection on teaching and learning activities.

Competency 7: Nurse Educators utilize a variety of strategies to monitor and evaluate nursing programmes, the curricula and mastery of student learning.

7.1 Monitor, assess and evaluate teaching and learning methods and experiences in relation to nursing outcomes and learner needs.

7.2 Evaluate own teaching competencies by seeking input from peers and students. Use feedback to improve role effectiveness.

7.4 Foster learner’s self-assessment skills and reflection of teaching and learning activities.

Appendix A: Student Responsibilities

1. Course Facilitator Support

The contact information for your Course Facilitator and their support team is provided on the first page of the FCNEd Student Lounge. All queries will be responded to within 1-3 business days.                                              

2. Accessing Course Materials

Students will receive instructions on how to log on to the FCNEd Student Lounge on the first day of the course. Once on the FCNEd Student Lounge, students see the course divided in six sections. Each section contains a video explaining the course exercise for that section and a multiple-choice evaluation, located at the bottom of the page. Course exercises and evaluations measure knowledge, comprehension of application, critical thinking and affect of the topic.

3. Section Exercises

Section exercises are to be submitted by email to julie@footcanada.ca. The subject line should be as follows: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – Exercise # 1. Exercise results will be returned to the student within 5 business days.

4. Multiple-Choice Evaluations

Click on the image at the bottom of the page in each section to access the multiple-choice evaluation for that sections. Once the evaluation is submitted a page will appear with your mark, as well as feedback and resources for further study.

Multiple-choice evaluations will require students to perform different activities to receive full marks, including answering questions using information from course materials and research. Tips on completing multiple choice evaluations have been included below:

  • Prior to completing the evaluation, review all references and resources provided for the section.
  • Read each question carefully, they are meant to be straightforward and not designed to trick you.
  • If a question seems to have all correct answers, consider the most important, relevant, credible, professional, comprehensive answer. Incorrect answers can often be readily eliminated.
  • Don't assume any information not provided.
  • Try to resist changing your answers unless a later question gave you an absolute reason for changing.
  • Read through all questions before answering any. This will get you thinking ahead of time and you may see connections between information that you had missed earlier.
  • Answer the questions that come easily first! You'll be able to focus on the difficult questions with a sense of accomplishment and optimism.
  • Don’t press the ‘NEXT’ button at the end of the evaluation until you have reviewed all the resources and links provided in the evaluation. 
  • Clicking the ‘NEXT’ button is the final step in submitting your responses for each evaluation. You will not be able to change your answers after this step. Marks on submitted evaluations will not be adjusted.
  • After clicking the 'NEXT' button, a new page will appear. You will need to click the 'submit' button to gain access to the correct answers for the entire evaluation and your final score.

5. Final Project

  • The Final Project includes written and video components. They are to be submitted by email (or electronic delivery though Box, Drop Box, Google Drive etc.) to julie@footcarekingston.com. The subject line should follow this format: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – Final Project. The video component may also be uploaded to a private YouTube channel or other hosting platform if desired.
  • Students may use any technology or software they choose to create their lesson planning documents and supplementary materials (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).  
  • Any volunteers or ‘learners’ making an appearance on camera must have signed consent forms. Copies of student videos will be kept in Foot Canada Training files after the completion of the course, but will not be posted online.
  • Feedback from each section exercise should be considered when submitting the Final Project. 
  • The Final Project will also be evaluated by the Director of Nursing for Foot Canada Training (or a contracted Nursing Consultant) for nursing accuracy, IPAC standards and CAFCN guidelines adherence. 
  • Students will not be permitted to re-submit their project. 
  • Please allow up to 3 weeks for final marks to be calculated for the Final Project. Results will be sent by email.
  • If you are having technical difficulties submitting your assignment, please contact your Course Facilitator by email as soon as possible for assistance.
  • Students are able to re-use products they have created in other sections of the course for this project.

6. Feedback

Your feedback is important to us. We encourage all students to complete the course satisfaction survey provided at the end of the course and to communicate with the FCNEd course Facilitator throughout the course with any questions or concerns.

7. Internet Connection Problems

Students are responsible for completing the course requirements by the last day of the course regardless of any computer or internet connection problems.

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 courses and curriculum is copyrighted and cannot be copied, shared or published without written permission from Foot Canada Training.

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

References used to develop this policy