Part 1 - Foot Care Nurse Course (Theory)
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), and is designed to prepare participants to function as a Foot Care Nurse within a health care team.
FCN Part 1 is administered by Foot Canada Training (formerly Foot Care Kingston). This portion of the course is completed through online studies and provides information, resources and guidance for theory-based learning. Students are expected to complete online assignments and view pre-recorded webinars from their work/home computer. A 75% course average or higher is required to successfully complete Part 1 of the FCN course, which is a prerequisite to start Part 2 of the FCN course.
Foot Canada Training FCN Part 2 Curriculum - FCN Part 2 was developed by Foot Canada Training 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 of these education providers have access to the same standardized peer-reviewed education guidelines, teaching materials and suggested FCN Part 2 Course Outline. Please visit the Clinical Education Providers' page of the Foot Canada Training website for a list of FCN Part 2 education providers using the Foot Canada Training curriculum.
Independently Developed Clinical Courses - Some of our colleagues in the nursing foot care community have developed their own clinical Foot Care Nurse course and have chosen to use Foot Canada Training's FCN Part 1 as a prerequisite for their course. All nurses are welcome to complete Foot Canada Training's FCN Part 1 and attend the clinical portion of their nursing foot care training with the education provider of their choice. We welcome this opportunity to work in association with other nursing foot care education providers. For a definitive list of education providers using the Foot Canada Training curriculum please visit the Clinical Education Providers' page of the Foot Canada Training website. Education providers not listed on this page are using their own independently-developed and administered curriculum. All education providers are welcome to refer their students to FCN Part 1.
Prior to registering for FCN Part 1, all prospective students are encouraged to read the FCN Part 1 Course Outline for information on course prerequisites and complete course details. For more information about FCN Part 2, please visit the Clinical Education Providers' page of the Foot Canada Training website and read the FCN Part 2 Course Outline. Note that students are recommended to start Part 2 within 12 months of achieving a passing grade from Part 1.
Upcoming Foot Care Nurse (Part 1) Course Dates
Summer 2019 Semester
- June 11, 2019 to August 27, 2019 (early bird tuition rate available until May 28, 2019 at 12am PST)
Fall 2019 Semester
- September 24, 2019 to December 10, 2019 (early bird tuition rate available until September 10, 2019 at 12am PST)
- January 14 – March 31, 2020 (Early bird deadline January 7, 2020)
- April 14 – June 30, 2020 (Early bird deadline March 31, 2020)
- June 9 – August 25, 2020 (Early bird deadline May 26, 2020)
- September 22 – December 8, 2020 (Early bird deadline September 8, 2020)
- Early Bird Tuition = $1,081.50 + tax
If applying from outside of Ontario, please have a look at the following section from our Q & A page for important information concerning out-of-province applicants: Can I take this course if I do not live in Ontario?
Self-Assessments for Prospective Students
Prospective students are encouraged to complete the following self-assessments: Exercise #1: Nursing Foot Care Knowledge and Skill & Exercise #2: Preparedness for Learning. Please do not submit your results, these are provided as a tool for self-reflection only.
Foot Care Nurse Course Testimonials
Tatiana Basmanova, RPN
"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."
Sarah Colbert, RPN, Managing Director Sarah Ann's Foot Care Services
"Well I just pushed through the online FCN Part 1 course in record time and I should be pretty proud of myself. Your course is really, really good. There is a lot of information to go through. Mind you, I have been keeping up with some continuing foot care education so I suppose that also helped me. I must say, this has definitely been an enriching learning experience for me nonetheless. I love all the resources and references you provided."
Donna Duffield, RN
"I have found the education, information, contacts, and research skills I have acquired through your program invaluable! I plan to enroll in the Foot Care Educators course next year. I am currently planning a Community Based Foot Care Program. The mandate for the program is to provide on-site high risk foot screening, basic foot care, client/community based education, and prevention of lower limb complications secondary to Diabetes. This is my first foray into planning/implementing/consulting on programming...a lot of work, but I am confident that it will all be worth it once the program is up and running. I am just working on the final draft proposal to submit for funding...There is such an incredible need for standardization of education for foot care providers!! I am astonished at the diversity of education and skill level of those currently providing foot care!! Thank you for providing these incredible courses...I will most definitely be advocating for the… Foot Care Nurse courses."
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