Home      Q & A      Contact Us   

Printer Friendly                   FCN Part 1 Course Outline and Appendix A

Inspiring Excellence in Nursing Education
 

Course Description

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 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.

For more information about FCN Part 2, please visit the FCN Part 2 (Clinical) page of the Foot Care Kingston website and read the FCN Part 2 Course Outline. Note that students are required to start Part 2 within 12 months of achieving a passing grade from Part 1.


FCN Part 1 (Theory) Details

Total Hours: 90

Assignments (76 hours): FCN Part 1 is scheduled over an 11 week period with one assignment per week. Although it is recommended that students submit one assignment per week, students may proceed through the course at their own pace as long as all assignments are submitted by the course end date. Assignments may be completed through self or group study. Topics include:

  • Introduction
  • Career Opportunities in Foot Care
  • Evidence-Informed Practice
  • Anatomy of the Lower Leg
  • Foot and Nail Conditions
  • Infection and Prevention Control in Foot Care
  • Foot and Ankle Conditioning, Physio and Massage Therapy
  • Biomechanics, Footwear and Orthotics
  • Foot Care for People with Diabetes
  • Wound Care
  • Webinars

Webinars (14 hours): Links for 11 pre-recorded webinar topics will be made available through the Student Lounge, a secure web page hosted by the Foot Care Kingston website.

Textbook: Students are expected to purchase the following textbook prior to the course start date (not covered in the tuition): Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada (2017). This textbook was written with the Foot Care Nurse course in mind and is a peer-reviewed, multi-authored textbook that was developed through the collaboration of many experienced Canadian foot care professionals.


Prerequisites

  • Each applicant must hold a current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License (temporary or full) from a Canadian territory or province.
  • Applicants must meet computer access and computer literacy requirements listed in the section below.
  • Applicants must complete and submit the FCN Course Application (Part 1) online to be reviewed by Foot Care Kingston. Applicants will be screened to ensure they meet the qualifications/regulatory body registration requirements and are suitable for entry into this course.
  • After receiving an acceptance email, each applicant must read, sign and email to Foot Care Kingston a scan or clear picture of the Part 1 FCN Course Outline and Appendix A. The email is to be sent to footcarenurseprogram@gmail.com.

Computer Access and Computer Literacy Requirements

  • Access to a high-speed internet connection.
  • Access to a computer capable of downloading the most recent internet browsers, computer software and operating system updates. Although Foot Care Kingston currently uses the WebEx player for students to stream webinars, we periodically update the tools at our disposal to improve to the student experience. Students are required to have access to an updated computer that will be able to provide them access to a variety of educational software and media players to proceed with this course.
  • Ability to work through a web-based course, including logging on to several different sites and programs. Students must be able to log onto the Student Lounge, use personal email, view webinars through various media players including WebEx, 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 Educators 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

Various sources for financial aid are available for students, depending on their province of residence. For more information about resources in your province, please review our Financial Aid page.

2018

  • Tuition for Ontario nurses = $1,186.50 *early bird ($1,050.00 + 13% HST $136.50)
  • Tuition for out-of-province nurses *early bird ($1,050.00 + applicable tax)

2019

  • Tuition for Ontario nurses = $1,222.10 *early bird ($1,081.50 + 13% HST $140.60)
  • Tuition for out-of-province nurses *early bird ($1,081.50 + applicable tax)

If applying from outside of Ontario or British Columbia, 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 or British Columbia?​

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

Tuition includes:

  • 11 pre-recorded webinars, which follow 11 online assignments.
  • Access to our website's secure Student Lounge which provides weekly webinars, resources, photos, and a discussion board.
  • An Educator to review your progress on your weekly assignments and respond to your queries.
  • Course administrative costs.

Tuition does not include:

  • The course textbook
  • Tuition and the cost of the student's instruments and supplies for Part 2
  • Requests outside of normal course activities or outside of educational and administrative support activities, including requests for remedial assignments, 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. We encourage prospective students to fill out our two self-assessment exercises to assess their readiness to take the course. Prospective students are also encouraged to communicate with the Operations Management Consultant and Liaison if they have any concerns prior to beginning your course.


Credit

A Certificate of Completion with Foot Care Kingston's logo is awarded to students who achieve the minimum passing grade for FCN Part 1.


Evaluation

This course cultivates professional accountability through resourceful and self-directed learning requiring minimal assistance from the Educator.

Passing grade: A 75% average or higher, calculated from marks for assignments 1 to 11, is required to pass Part 1 of the FCN course. Students meeting this requirement will be eligible to apply to Part 2 of the FCN course within 12 months of having completed Part 1.

FCN Part 1 has 11 online, auto-corrected multiple choice assignments. Exercises within each assignment emphasize self-evaluation as well as reflective practice. Separate objectives are listed for each assignment. The theoretical knowledge and critical analysis skills acquired from each assignment will be used to develop practical and clinical skills in the practice setting offered by FCN Part 2.

Students are responsible for scheduling time to complete each assignment and to ensure ALL assignments are submitted prior to or on the last date of the course. We recommend students complete one assignment per week, in sequential order.


Assignment Objectives

Included below is a summary of assignment objectives for FCN Part 1. A separate PDF of detailed assignment objectives, which include an introduction to some of CAFCN's competencies from National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada( 2017) is also available for review. 

Summary of assignment objectives

  • Assignment #1 - Explore and articulate career options, education, competency guidelines and advancements in nursing foot care. Develop a personal foot care practice learning plan.
  • Assignment #2 - Explore and articulate your personal and professional strengths, support systems such as mentors, key attributes and comparisons of different nursing foot care environments, including private practice. Begin to build a professional foot care contact database and career plan options.
  • Assignment #3 - Explore and articulate the differences between practice documents such as standards and guidelines, and learn to critically appraise foot care practice information.
  • Assignment #4 - Demonstrate and articulate locations and functions of major anatomical structures of the lower leg.
  • Assignment #5 - Demonstrate and articulate the assessment, causes, prevention and treatments of common foot conditions and abnormal nails.
  • Assignment #6 - Demonstrate and articulate current infection control techniques to reduce the risk of cross-contamination in foot care practices including sterilization and disinfection techniques.
  • Assignment #7 - Explore and articulate, at an introductory level, your knowledge of foot and ankle conditioning exercises, physiotherapy's and massage therapy benefits, types and contraindications.
  • Assignment #8 - Explore and articulate, at an introductory level, a normal and an abnormal gait analysis, footwear and orthotics benefits, types and contraindications.
  • Assignment #9 - Demonstrate and articulate your knowledge of diabetes management and best practices in the care of feet for persons with diabetes.
  • Assignment #10 - Explore and articulate, at an introductory level, your knowledge of wound care management, benefits, types, guidelines and contraindications.

Appendix A: Student Responsibilities

1. Educator Support

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

2. How to Complete Assignments

Students will receive instructions on how to login to the Student Lounge on the first day of the course. Once on the Student Lounge, students see the course divided in 11 weeks. The link for each assignment is located at the bottom of the page containing the information and resources for that week. Please note that the automated online assignments are from a recent upgrade to FCN Part 1. Thus, the questions from the online assignments will be slightly different than those listed in your course textbook.

All assignments are multiple choice. Once the assignment is submitted a page will appear with your mark, as well as feedback and resources for further study and evaluation.

Assignments will require students to perform different activities in order to receive full marks, including answering questions using information from course materials and research, as well as connecting with other foot care professionals and suppliers.

All information required to complete minimum assignment requirements is listed in:

3. Helpful Multiple Choice Tips

Multiple-choice assignments can measure knowledge and comprehension of application, critical thinking and affect of the topic.

  • Prior to completing the assignment, review all references and resources provided for the week.
  • Read each question carefully.
  • If a question seems to have all correct answers, consider the most important, relevant, credible, professional, comprehensive answer and focus on nursing and/or foot care providers. 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.

4. Rationale for Assignments/Query Format

We have designed the assignments to prepare students for the job requirements of a Foot Care Nurse. Foot Care Nurses are required to communicate about client care on a daily basis with several different interdisciplinary health care team members. As a Foot Care Nurse, it is imperative that you have the skills to communicate in a very clear, concise and accurate manner in person, over the phone, using telemedicine and by internet. Your assignments will prepare you to follow agency documentation guidelines, such as sending electronic foot photos, researching BPG's and writing client care plans and report summaries. We hope that by the time you graduate from the Foot Care Nurse course, following completion of both FCN Part 1 and FCN Part 2, you will be well prepared to meet the documentation job requirements of being a Foot Care Nurse.

5. Feedback

Your feedback is important to us. We encourage all students to complete the course evaluation provided at the end of the course and to communicate with the Part 1 Lead Educator throughout the course with any questions or concerns.

6. Internet Connection Problems

Students are responsible for completing their assignments regardless of any computer or Internet connection problems.

7. Preparing for Part 2

It is the student's responsibility to contact their Part 2 location of choice during the first month of participating in Part 1. This allows the student an opportunity to discuss Part 2, review the Part 2 Course Outline, Part 2 facility-specific registration policies and forms, and share their contact information. Part 2 of the FCN course runs on a first come, first served basis. Each location requires a minimum amount of registered students to proceed. Contacting your Part 2 location before the end of the first month of Part 1 enables your location to ensure they meet their minimum registration requirements and reserves your space in the course.

Note that students are required to start Part 2 within 12 months of graduating from Part 1. If registration is insufficient, Part 2 courses can sometimes be re-scheduled and/or re-located. For this reason, students are encouraged to start Part 2 at the next opportune time once they have graduated from Part 1 to ensure that they meet the 12 month deadline.

In signing below, students confirm that they have read this course outline, the FCN Part 2 Course Outline, the Part 2 Policies and Procedures Manual for their location of choice on the FCN Part 2 (Clinical) page of the Foot Care Kingston website and the Equipment Purchase Requirements.

 

___________________________________             ___________________________________            ____________________________________
Name                                                                  Signature                                                           Date