Online FCN Educator Course Outline
Inspiring Excellence in Nursing Education
The 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 integrates current Best Practice Guidelines and evidence-based practices, 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 Assignment and a multiple-choice Quiz. It is estimated that each section, including the required reading, Assignment and Quiz, takes 7-10 hours to complete. The course also includes a final project, which is estimated to take 40 hours to complete.
The FCNEd course is to be completed at the student’s own pace. However, sections are to be completed in the order provided.
All Sections and the Final Project must be completed 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
- Bastable, Susan B. (2018) Nurse as Educator: Principles of Teaching and Learning for Nursing Practice. 5th Edition. Burlington, Massachusetts: Jones & Bartlett.
- Lazenby, Cindy. LM. (2017) Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada.
- Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses (2017) National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada. Canada: CAFCN. (download available)
- World Health Organization (2016) Nurse Educator Core Competencies. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO Press. (download available)
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 (like cloud-based file sharing), and programs such as : Adobe Acrobat/PDF, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
One-on-one computer technical support is not covered in the tuition.
- Tuition = $1160 (Taxes included)
Tuition does not include:
- The course textbooks.
Refund and Withdrawal Policy
We advise prospective students to ensure this course is the right fit for them prior to registering. Tuition received is non-refundable and cannot be deferred.
If tuition is being paid by a sponsoring organization, such as an employer, note that tuition is only transferable to another student within the same organization within 6 months.
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 (6 months from start date). If unable to complete the course work before the course end date, students have the option to register again at a 50% discount.
Passing Grade: Students achieving a final mark of 85% or higher are considered to have met the FCNEd course exit competencies.
The FCNEd course has the following 6 sections:
- Understanding the Learner
- Lesson Planning
- Assessment Methods and Tools
- Presentation Skills
- Planning & Using Technology
- Health, Safety & Legal Considerations
Assignments will be marked Complete/Incomplete and will be returned with comments from the course facilitator.
Final Project Grading:
- A student's Final Grade in the course will be determined entirely on the completion of each Section, and their grade on the Final Project
- Marking breakdown
Presentation Skills 21%
Lesson Planning 21%
Organizational Skills: 8%
Foot Care Nursing Competencies 50%
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.
Final Project - Callous & Nail Reduction Lesson
- The Final Project includes written and video components.
- 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.
- 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.
- Students are able to re-use products they have created in other Sections of the course for this project.
FCNEd Exit Competencies
Exit Competencies listed below 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.
Updated August 5 2021 - Foot Canada Training Inc.