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Inspiring Excellence in Nursing Education

Course Description

Total Hours: 50

The FCNEd course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach the clinical and mentorship portion of a Foot Care Nurse course. This comprehensive course explores lesson and event planning, presentation skills, marketing, and 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 four sections, each including an online evaluation based on readings (multiple-choice, true/false) and an exercise to be handed in by email (approximately 5 hours each section to be completed in approximately 4 weeks). Two additional final projects will be assigned a five-week timeline (approximately 30 hours total). Students should also account for about 2 hours of administrative work setting themselves up online, filling out the pre- and post- self-evaluations and course evaluation. 

Nurses are free to complete the section exercises, multiple-choice evaluations and two final projects at their own pace, as long as all are handed in before the course end-date. The section exercises and multiple-choice evaluations must be completed before the final projects are graded. 


  • FCN PREC- Applicants must have successfully completed Foot Care Kingston’s FCN Preceptor (PREC) course with a minimum grade of 85%. 
  • FCN Part 2- Although not mandatory, it is highly recommended for all applicants to have a minimum of one year of experience as a Preceptor for FCN Part 2.
  • Nursing Registration- Each applicant must hold a current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License (temporary or full) from the territory or province in which they reside.



Supplemental/Recommended Reading

Computer Access and Computer Literacy Requirements

  • Access to a high-speed internet connection.
  • Access to a computer with video recording capabilities 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. Students must also have the ability to record a video on their computer.
  • 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 for Ontario nurses = $858.80 ($760.00 + 13% HST $98.80).
  • Nurses from across Canada are welcome to apply. The tuition rate of $760.00 + tax applies to all students taking this course.

*Tuition paid after the early bird deadline will be an additional $150.00 + tax.

Tuition includes:

  • Access to our website's secure FCNEd Student Lounge.
  • Four multiple-choice evaluations, four course exercises and two video practical assignments to be submitted electronically.
  • A course Facilitator to review your progress, respond to your queries, mark your course exercises and video practical assignments.
  • 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-refundableProspective students are also encouraged to contact us if they have any concerns prior to beginning your course.


Students meeting the minimum passing grade requirement of 85% will be provided with a certificate of completion from Foot Care Kingston. This does not guarantee an offer of employment.


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 4 sections, each including a multiple-choice evaluation and an exercise. 

  1. Lesson Planning
  2. Presentation Skills
  3. Using Technology (webinars, online tools)
  4. Event/Course Planning

Marking is calculated as follows:

  • 30% - 4 section multiple-choice evaluations submitted online (7.5% each)
  • 30% - 4 section exercises submitted by email (7.5% each)
  • 40% - 2 final projects to be submitted by email (20% each)
    • Final Project #1:Teaching a non-nursing related skill (submit with video the full lesson plan, materials sheet, handouts, assessment tools)
    • Final Project #2:Teaching Hands-on Foot Care Skill (submit with video the 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 FCNEd course and is considered competent to be an Educator for the clinical and mentorship portion a Foot Care Nurse course. 

Final Grade 0-84% (Fail)  

  • Not Competent - Does not meet Exit Competencies effectively or consistently. 
  • Recommendation - Recommended to continue work as a Preceptor for the clinical and mentorship portion a Foot Care Nurse courseand secure endorsement from the Educator prior to applying for re-entry into 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).

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

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

2.2 Develop and implement a relevant course based on innovative teaching and learning strategies that facilitate active learning and achievement of learning outcomes. 

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. 

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. Course exercises and assignments will be marked within 3-4 business days.                                             

2. Accessing Course Materials

Students will receive instructions on how to log into the FCNEd Student Lounge on the first day of the course. Once on the FCNEd Student Lounge, students see the course divided in four sections. The link for each multiple-choice evaluation is located at the bottom of the page of each section. Course evaluations measure knowledge and comprehension of application, critical thinking and affect of the topic.

3. Section Exercises

Section exercises are to be submitted by email to julie@footcarekingston.com. The subject line should be as follows: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – Exercise # 1

4. Multiple-Choice Evaluations

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:

  • Multiple choice evaluations are located in the Student Lounge, at the bottom of the page for each section.
  • Prior to completing the evaluation, review all references and resources provided for the section.
  • Read each question carefully.
  • 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 assignment 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 Projects

  • Final projects (written component and video) are to be submitted by email (or electronic delivery though Box, Drop Box, Google Drive ect) to julie@footcarekingston.com. The subject line should be as follows: LAST NAME, FIRST NAME – Project # 1. 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, Exel, 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 Care Kingston files after the completion of the course, but will not be posted online.
  • The Final Project #2 will also be evaluated by the Director of Foot Care Kingston, Cindy Lazenby, for nursing accuracy, IPAC standards and CAFCN guidelines adherence. 
  • Students will not be permitted to re-submit their projects. 
  • Please allow 2 weeks for final marks to be calculated. You will receive an email with your results within 2 weeks of the end of the course.
  • 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.

8. Foot Care Kingston Employment Opportunities

Completing this course does not guarantee employment with Foot Care Kingston. Students interested in working with Foot Care Kingston are encouraged to review the information on the Foot Care Kingston Career Path page of our website. 

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