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Foot Canada Training FCN Clinical, FCN Clinical Refresher and Advanced FCN Skills Workshop Curriculum

 

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Do you offer customized courses?

In May 2019, Foot Canada Training started transitioning to a new service delivery model. While our organization will continue to offer the Online Foot Care Nurse course and FCN Educator course, we have taken a step back from teaching clinical or customized courses.

Is your organization interested in having a group of nurses trained in nursing foot care? We invite you to register your group to our Online Foot Care Nurse course and make arrangements directly with your local clinical education provider for onsite training.


Can PSW's or other unregulated care workers register for Foot Canada Training's courses?

Foot Canada Training's courses are specially designed to teach nursing foot care skills to nurses. PSW's and unregulated workers are not eligible to register, as our current curriculum does not meet their continuing education needs.


Do you offer any nursing foot care education opportunities outside of Canada?

Unfortunately at this time, our courses and curriculum license are not available to nurses outside of Canada, however this may change in the future. Our quarterly newsletter is the best way to stay up-to-date on our courses, curriculum license and textbook announcements. If you haven't signed up to receive our newsletter, we invite you to do so by completing the Contact Us form

Our textbook 'Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada' is available for purchase by anyone, anywhere in the world, not just Canadian Foot Care Nurses or Educators. Please visit our Bookstore page for more information on the textbook and how to purchase. Currently the #1 textbook being used for Foot Care Nurse courses in Canada. 


Do you provide a T2202A CRA Tuition Certificate (tuition tax receipt)?

This is general information only, please consult with your accountant for tax provisions specific to your situation. 

T-2202A CRA tuition certificates, which are required to benefit from the tuition tax credit, can only be issued by designated educational institutions such as private career or community colleges and universities certified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Foot Canada Training is a privately owned business, which does not fit in this category.

One benefit of being independently owned and managed is that it allows us to be more flexible and effective in customizing programs as soon as nursing foot care advancements happen. Although we do not provide T2202A CRA tuition certificates, we do provide an official tuition receipt to each student, which can be used to gain access to other financial aid opportunities, such as:

  • educational grants (See our financial aid page for more details).
  • claiming tuition and other course related expenses as an income tax business deduction (if in independent practice).
  • full and partial reimbursement from employers who offer professional development funding.
  • accessing funding from other sources, such as community or government programs.

What is Foot Canada Training's head office mailing address?

Foot Canada Training, 2825 Lower Six Mile Rd, Nelson BC V1L 6L5
 

Online Foot Care Nurse Theory and Educator Courses


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I want to become a Foot Care Nurse. What courses do I need to take?

The Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course (FCN Theory) offers a theoretical foundation to nurses in preparing to take their clinical training. Clinical training provides in-person clinical skills development. Nurses are required to take both types of training to work as a Foot Care Nurse within a health care team. 

To practice as a Foot Care Nurse, nurses must ensure they have successfully completed both theoretical and clinical components of a FCN course, such as Foot Canada Training’s FCN Theory and FCN Clinical courses, or any other equivalent. It is the responsibility of each nurse to ensure they are working within their scope of practice by following the requirements of their provincial or territorial nursing governing body and national nursing foot care associations as outlined in related policies, competencies, guidelines, standards, legislation and regulations.


I want to teach clinical foot care nurse courses in my community, what training do you recommend?

We recommend that experienced Foot Care Nurses complete the FCN Educator course.

In addition, we recommend that all Foot Care Nurses who completed their Foot Care Nurse course prior to 2017 take steps to update their theoretical knowledge following the release of CAFCN's National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017). We invite experienced Foot Care Nurses to consider taking the updated Online FCN Theory course. We regularly take care of updating this course with all the latest tools, resources and guidelines. Experienced Foot Care Nurses are eligible for a discounted tuition rate of $250.00 + tax for FCN Theory.  Please read the eligibility details on the Foot Care Nurse Theory Course Application for more information about this opportunity. 


Will the FCN Theory & Clinical courses provide me with a certification to be a Foot Care Nurse?

The Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses (CAFCN) currently does not recognize or endorse any Foot Care Nurse certification process in Canada. Although a recognized certification process for Foot Care Nurses is not currently available, we welcome its development and are working hard to ensure that our course graduates will be ready for this process as well. All training and professional development opportunities offered by Foot Canada Training are based on current best practice guidelines and evidence-based practice, including the CAFCN National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017). Our team completes an annual review of the curriculum and provides regular updates for our courses to stay current.

For more information on the development of a Foot Care Nurse certification in Canada, we encourage prospective students, students and graduates to review the information available on the CAFCN website.

Are your courses accredited by the Canadian Nurse's Association?

No. Unfortunately, when we last reviewed this question, businesses do not meet the "nursing organization" eligibility requirement to apply for CNA's accreditation process. Please note that we plan to apply to applicable accreditation and certification processes for Foot Care Nurse education in Canada as they become available.

Please review our First in Foot Health Education Flyer to learn more about the many reasons to choose Foot Canada Training for your education needs.

All training and professional development opportunities offered by Foot Canada Training are based on best practice guidelines and evidence-based practice use 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". Our team completes an annual review of the curriculum and provides regular updates for our courses to stay current.


Do you provide information on operating your own foot care business?

In one section of the Online FCN Theory course we briefly analyze Foot Care Nurse roles in different clinical settings, including private practice. 

In order to increase competencies and improve patient outcomes, we recommend that all nurses who have successfully completed both FCN Theory and FCN Clinical courses work as a Foot Care Nurse for at least two years in a team environment with a variety of onsite interdisciplinary team members, including experienced Foot Care Nurses, prior to considering private practice. In addition, we also recommend nurses considering private practice take additional continuing education courses which focus on the skills needed to run a small business.


Is there funding available to help with tuition?

Yes, please visit our Financial Aid page for details.


Can I practice as a Foot Care Nurse in my province/territory after taking the FCN Theory & Clinical courses?

To practice as a Foot Care Nurse, nurses must ensure they have successfully completed both theoretical and clinical/mentorship components of a FCN course, such as Foot Canada Training’s FCN Theory and FCN Clinical courses, or any other equivalent. There is no specific recognition or criteria with CNO in Ontario and the BCCNP in British Columbia at this time for advanced nursing foot care.

Foot Canada Training updates its curriculum yearly and has integrated highly recognized provincial and national association, as well as expert guidelines from several sources into its curriculum, including:

  • CNO, BCCNP and other provincial regulatory bodies 
  • CAFCN (Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurse’s)
  • Diabetes Canada
  • Wounds Canada
  • IPAC Canada (Infection Prevention and Control)

It is the responsibility of each nurse to ensure they are working within their scope of practice by following the requirements of their provincial or territorial nursing governing body and national nursing foot care associations as outlined in related policies, competencies, guidelines, standards, acts and regulations. If planning to practice as a Foot Care Nurse outside of Ontario or British Columbia, we recommend contacting the professional regulatory body in the province/territory where you are intending to practice to ensure that these courses meet the criteria to practice as a Foot Care Nurse for your province or territory.


Why would an experienced Foot Care Nurse take the Online FCN Theory course?

Foot Canada Training recommends that all Foot Care Nurses practice good continuing education habits by keeping their skills up-to-date. All returning students or experienced Foot Care Nurses are eligible for a discounted tuition rate of $250.00 + tax for the FCN Theory course. To meet the criteria for the discounted tuition rate, you must be a member of the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses, have practiced as a nurse for the last 2-5 years AND have a minimum of 750 nursing foot care practice hours within this time frame. Are you an experienced Foot Care Nurse who is looking to refresh their clinical skills? Contact a Foot Canada Training Licensed Education Provider to register for a 1-day Clinical Refresher course.


I am planning to travel outside of my province/territory to take the FCN Clinical course. Other than making travel arrangements, what else do I need to consider?

We recommend prospective out-of-province students complete the following steps prior to registering for a clinical course:

  • contact their professional regulatory body to ensure that the course meets the criteria to practice as a Foot Care Nurse in their home province/territory; 
  • contact the professional regulatory body in the province where they are planning to complete the clinical training to inquire about the registration process and expected timeline (students are required to be registered/licensed to practice in the province of their clinical course location and this registration/licensing process can sometimes take 2-3 months or more);
  • contact their preferred FCN Clinical location to discuss the registration process and any additional considerations to keep in mind as an out-of-province applicant.

Foot Canada Training FCN Clinical, FCN Clinical Refresher and Advanced Skills Workshop Curriculum


I represent a college, university or health association interested in adding foot care nurse clinical courses and/or workshops to our course offerings. What options are available for my organization?

Option A - Purchase the Curriculum License

Foot Canada Training’s Clinical Courses and Advanced Skills Workshops are now available through licensing! Education providers across Canada (Foot Care Nurse Educators, colleges, universities and health agencies) can now have access to our updated, standardized and peer-reviewed curriculum (including all teaching materials, assessments and resources) right at their fingertips through a secure, online portal.

Canada’s most popular and trusted foot care nurse curriculum, the Foot Canada Training Curriculum License, uses 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".

The 3 year renewable license includes the curriculum and materials for the following courses and workshops. 

There are currently two options available to purchase the curriculum license.

Purchase Option 1 (Standard) - Foot Care Nurse Educators, as well as colleges, universities and health agencies who have an Educator who meets the following criteria are eligible to purchase the curriculum license for $5,000.00 + tax for a term of 3 years. The license is renewable for $500/year after the initial term has expired. 

Educator Criteria:

  • Nursing License - Current and non-restricted Nursing Registration/License from a Canadian territory or province
  • Experience Requirement - 750 hours of nursing foot care practice in the past 5 years
  • CAFCN - Valid Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses membership

Purchase Option 2 (Alumni) - Foot Care Nurse Educators, as well as colleges, universities and health agencies who have an Educator who meets the following criteria are eligible to purchase the curriculum license for a 50% discount. The discounted rate is $2,500.00 + tax for a term of 3 years. The license is renewable for $500/year after the initial term has expired.

Educator Criteria:

PURCHASE OPTIONS NOTES

  • As our part in the effort to help Canada recover and come out stronger after this global pandemic, we would like to offer the following  50% discount promo code on our Curriculum License until May 30, 2021: #INTHISTOGETHER. The discount from this promo code is applicable to the final purchase price after any other discount advertised on our website.
  • We recognize that each organization has its own hiring criteria when choosing an Educator and that the Educator may already have equivalent education and experience to that which is provided by Foot Canada Training's Educator course. Purchase Option 1 is provided in recognition that each education provider is responsible to ensure that their Educator is both qualified and competent.
  • It is highly recommended that a Licensed Clinical Education provider use the Foot Canada Training Online Theory Course as a prerequisite for their clinical courses. This is the best way to help ensure that students arrive to your clinical courses prepared with a strong theoretical foundation and ready to practice their nursing foot care skills. Therefore, it is also recommended that the Educator complete the Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course *2017 or later to understand the knowledge their students will arrive with when coming to class. Experienced Foot Care Nurses can complete this course at the discounted tuition rate of $250 + tax, within an estimated completion time of 20-30 hours depending on how familiar they already are with the course material.

To purchase, please complete the Curriculum License Purchase Request Form. For more information about the curriculum license and the benefits of using our curriculum, please visit the curriculum page on our website.

Option B - Hire one of the educators listed on the Clinical Education Providers' page to teach the course using their own curriculum license

Educators who have already purchased a curriculum license have the authority to teach the Onsite Foot Care Nurse Clinical course at any location of her choosing.  With this option, the curriculum license is the Educator's. Your organization would not have direct access to the curriculum or the right to use the curriculum in any way without the Educator. That being said, the Educator has the ability to share with you any documents or course outlines they needed to effectively teach the course(s)/workshop(s) for your organization, as well as for your advertising/promotional needs. You would be hiring the Educator as private contractor who is bringing the Foot Canada Training curriculum with them.

Benefits: 

  • No up-front purchasing cost.
  • No long-term commitment.
  • Your point of contact is the Educator and contract is with Educator.

Option C - Develop your own Foot Care Nurse Clinical course and use Foot Canada Training's Online Foot Care Nurse course as a prerequisite

Some education providers chose to develop their own course. If doing so, you may be interested to know that you can still use Foot Canada Training's Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course as a prerequisite for your students. All education providers are welcome to refer their students to the FCN Theory course to help ensure that their students arrive to their clinical course with a strong theoretical foundation. We welcome this opportunity to work in association with other nursing foot care education providers. If interested in this option, please contact us for a free consultation on how to use the Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course as a prerequisite. 

Option D - Use our Textbook

If choosing to develop your own courses (theory and clinical), we invite you to consider using the “Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada. 2nd Edition 2017. Lazenby, C.” as a textbook for your students. Currently the #1 textbook being used for Foot Care Nurse courses in Canada. Since 1993, Cindy Lazenby RN and her associates have trained over 4000 Foot Care Nurses across the country. Her expertise to design and deliver customized foot care nurse courses has been sought out by a wide range of organizations including: community colleges, universities and government agencies. Now you can have that same comprehensive know-how in a peer-reviewed, multi-authored textbook, developed through the collaboration of experienced Canadian foot care professionals. With coloured photos, glossary text and graphic visual elements, this textbook will bring you ease in your foot care work, reference or for study. This text can be purchased on its own or in combination with Foot Canada Training's Foot Care Nurse courses. Please visit our Bookstore page for more information on the textbook and how to purchase. 


I am an Educator interested in teaching foot care nurse clinical courses and/or workshops. What options are available to me?

Option A - Purchase the Curriculum License

Foot Canada Training’s Clinical Courses and Advanced Skills Workshops are now available through licensing! Education providers across Canada (Foot Care Nurse Educators, colleges, universities and health agencies) can now have access to our updated, standardized and peer-reviewed curriculum (including all teaching materials, assessments and resources) right at their fingertips through a secure, online portal.

Canada’s most popular and trusted foot care nurse curriculum, the Foot Canada Training Curriculum License, uses 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".

The 3 year renewable license includes the curriculum and materials for the following courses and workshops. 

There are currently two options available to purchase the curriculum license.

Purchase Option 1 (Standard) - Foot Care Nurse Educators, as well as colleges, universities and health agencies who have an Educator who meets the following criteria are eligible to purchase the curriculum license for $5,000.00 + tax for a term of 3 years. The license is renewable for $500/year after the initial term has expired. 

Educator Criteria:

  • Nursing License - Current and non-restricted Nursing Registration/License from a Canadian territory or province
  • Experience Requirement - 750 hours of nursing foot care practice in the past 5 years
  • CAFCN - Valid Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses membership

Purchase Option 2 (Alumni) - Foot Care Nurse Educators, as well as colleges, universities and health agencies who have an Educator who meets the following criteria are eligible to purchase the curriculum license for a 50% discount. The discounted rate is $2,500.00 + tax for a term of 3 years. The license is renewable for $500/year after the initial term has expired.

Educator Criteria:

PURCHASE OPTIONS NOTES

  • As our part in the effort to help Canada recover and come out stronger after this global pandemic, we would like to offer the following  50% discount promo code on our Curriculum License until May 30, 2021: #INTHISTOGETHER. The discount from this promo code is applicable to the final purchase price after any other discount advertised on our website.
  • We recognize that each organization has its own hiring criteria when choosing an Educator and that the Educator may already have equivalent education and experience to that which is provided by Foot Canada Training's Educator course. Purchase Option 1 is provided in recognition that each education provider is responsible to ensure that their Educator is both qualified and competent.
  • It is highly recommended that a Licensed Clinical Education provider use the Foot Canada Training Online Theory Course as a prerequisite for their clinical courses. This is the best way to help ensure that students arrive to your clinical courses prepared with a strong theoretical foundation and ready to practice their nursing foot care skills. Therefore, it is also recommended that the Educator complete the Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course *2017 or later to understand the knowledge their students will arrive with when coming to class. Experienced Foot Care Nurses can complete this course at the discounted tuition rate of $250 + tax, within an estimated completion time of 20-30 hours depending on how familiar they already are with the course material.

To purchase, please complete the Curriculum License Purchase Request Form. For more information about the curriculum license and the benefits of using our curriculum, please visit the curriculum page on our website.

Option B - Collaborate with your local college/university

Interested in teaching, but you don't want to purchase the curriculum license directly? Some Educators have chosen to approach their local college or university directly to offer their services as an Educator and recommend our curriculum. Developing this type of relationship can be beneficial to both parties. Your local college may already offer a nursing foot care course, but the curriculum may be outdated or the topics limited. Some colleges/universities are interested in offering this type of course, but do not have the resources to develop a curriculum and/or do not think they can find someone with the right skill set to teach it. From an Educator's perspective, working with a college or university can also bring many benefits, including a secured, appropriate teaching location, as well as support with the registration process and advertising.

Option C - Develop your own clinical course

Some Educators chose to develop their own course. If doing so, you may be interested in knowing that the Foot Canada Training's Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course is still available as a prerequisite for your students. All education providers are welcome to refer their students to the FCN Theory course. This helps ensure that your students arrive to your clinical course with a strong theoretical foundation. We welcome this opportunity to work in association with other nursing foot care education providers. If interested in this option, please contact us for a free consultation on how to use the Online Foot Care Nurse Theory course as a prerequisite. 

Option D - Use our Textbook

The “Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada. 2nd Edition 2017. Lazenby, C.” is currently the #1 textbook being used for Foot Care Nurse courses in Canada. Since 1993, Cindy Lazenby RN and her associates have trained over 4000 Foot Care Nurses across the country. Her expertise to design and deliver customized foot care nurse courses has been sought out by a wide range of organizations including: community colleges, universities and government agencies. Now you can have that same comprehensive know-how in a peer-reviewed, multi-authored textbook, developed through the collaboration of experienced Canadian foot care professionals. With coloured photos, glossary text and graphic visual elements, this textbook will bring you ease in your foot care work, reference or for study. This textbook can be purchased on its own as a resource for your office or nursing facility or used as a reference for a privately developed course. The textbook is the main reference for the FCN Theory course (offered online through Foot Canada Training) and all of the courses and workshops contained within the Foot Canada Training's Foot Care Nurse Curriculum License. Please visit our Bookstore page for more information on the textbook and how to purchase.