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Course Description

Total Hours: 43

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 2 (Clinical) is the mentorship and clinical component of the FCN course where students practise their Foot Care Nurse skills. The curriculum for Part 2 was developed by Foot Care Kingston and is administered by Foot Care Kingston in Kingston and by select education partners across Canada. Each location uses the same standardized peer-reviewed education guidelines and this FCN Part 2 Course Outline. Please visit the FCN 2 (Clinical) page of the Foot Care Kingston website for a list of FCN Part 2 locations

Students can apply for FCN Part 2 at any time after having started FCN Part 1. For more information about registration, please refer to the FCN Part 2 Registration section at the bottom of this Course Outline.


  • FCN Part 1- Applicants must start FCN Part 2 within 12 months of achieving a passing grade from FCN Part 1. Exceptions to the 12-month rule may be allowed in extenuating circumstances. Applicants are to contact their Part 2 location of choice to discuss their unique circumstances and for more detail.
  • Non-restricted Nursing Registration/License- Applicants must hold a current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License (temporary or full) from the territory or province in which they will be taking the course. 
  • Safety and Ethics – It is expected that nurses participating in this course will:
    • follow all applicable legislation;
    • use only the skills authorized within their scope of practice;
    • demonstrate the entry-to-practice competencies, practice standards and guidelines established by their provincial or territorial regulatory body. 

Nurses who fail to adhere to the above, resulting in safety and/or ethical concerns, will be removed from the course at the Educator’s discretion and marked as Incomplete. Re-entry to the course may or may not be possible based on the Educator's recommendations. Remedial assignment(s) and additional fees may be applicable. 

  • Insurance/ID and CPIC- Each student will need to bring a printed copy of the following on the first day of class:
    • Proof of at least $2 million in personal protective insurance (malpractice insurance).
    • Current government issued photo ID.
    • CPIC/Vulnerable Sector Check - Some FCN Part 2 locations require a Police Information Check and/or Vulnerable Security Check given that the clinical and mentorship portion of this course requires direct client contact. For more information about CPIC/Vulnerable Sector Check requirements for your location of choice, please refer to your location's Policies and Procedures Manual accessible from the FCN Part 2 page of the Foot Care Kingston website. 

Required Reading

Students are expected to obtain the following:

  • Lazenby, Cindy. LM. (2017) Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada.
  • Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017). Canada: CAFCN.


Students meeting the minimum passing grade requirement will be provided with a Certificate of Completion from Foot Care Kingston.

FCN Part 2 Exit Competencies

The CAFCN’s National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) are used as exit competencies for FCN Part 2. Exit competenciesconsist of the minimum set of skills and knowledge required to competently practise as a Foot Care Nurse.

This course emphasizes professional accountability through resourceful and self-directed learning.  Skills and knowledge will be evaluated by the student, their peers and the Educator.

Evaluation is continuous and will consist of formative and summative methods, including step-by step guided-learning exercises and return demonstrations. There will be an emphasis on self-evaluation with the use of a personal learning plan, pre and post-tests and reflective practice. 

All students must develop a Personal Learning Plan with S.M.A.R.T. goals on exit from the FCN course that includes competencies for which they did not receive a full mark.


Passing Grade - Students achieving a grade of 75% or higher are considered to have met the exit competencies for FCN Part 2 at an entry level. Marking distribution is as follows:

Percentage of total mark per activity                                                 

20% - Participation & Exercises 
20% - Foot Care Instrument Skills
60% - Clinical Skills - CAFCN Competencies
100% - TOTAL 

Participation -   20% of the final mark is allotted to participation. Students that attend and participate in all the exercises for the entire FCN Part 2 (Clinical) will be given the full 20%. Students will lose 5% from their final mark for every 30 minutes they are late, up to a maximum of 20%. 

Absent for 1 hour or more - It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they attend this course in its entirety to receive a passing grade and certificate. Students will be marked as 'Incomplete' if missing an hour or more of FCN Part 2. Students marked as 'Incomplete' may have to register for FCN Part 2 a second time to complete the course. In exceptional circumstances, based on the Lead Educator's assessment, availability and location-specific policies, students who miss an hour or more of FCN Part 2 may be offered the possibility of remedial arrangements to make up the time missed. Additional fees may be applicable. The FCN Part 2 certificate will only be issued once the student has participated in the full 43 hours required for the FCN Part 2 course.

Interpretation of Final Grades

Final Grade 75-100% (Pass)

  • Competent - Meets expectations for exit competencies.
  • Recommendation - Practice within an agency with an onsite mentor or an easily accessible mentor, for a minimum of two years.

Final Grade 0-74% (Fail)  

  • Not Competent - Does not meet exit competencies effectively or consistently.
  • Recommendation - The student cannot practise foot care. Recommended to get remedial assistance prior to applying for re-entry to the course.

Final Grade (Incomplete)

  • Not Competent– Student was absent for a portion of the course resulting in skill development and/or skill assessment being incomplete.
  • Recommendation - The student cannot practise foot care. Student must make remedial arrangements with their FCN Part 2 location or must re-take FCN Part 2. Note that additional fees may be applicable. The availability of remedial arrangements will be based on FCN Part 2 location-specific policies and procedures, the Lead Educator’s assessment of the student’s individual circumstances and the Educator’s availability to accommodate the student.

Part 2 Lesson Plan (43 hrs)

Mentorship (3 hours) - Students are required to shadow their FCN Part 2 Lead Educator or one of the FCN Part 2 Preceptors for 3 hours during nursing foot care clinical appointments. These mentorship hours are to be completed during &/or outside of the hours of the FCN Part 2, at the discretion of the FCN Part 2 Lead Educator. 

Advance Nursing Foot Care Skills (24 hours) - This portion of the course will be taught in a nursing lab or foot care clinical setting and will cover all advanced nursing foot care skills required to complete FCN Part 2, including: risk assessments, treatment, development of individualized treatment plans, referrals and health education. Students will be guided to simulate step by step practical hands on skills on 1-2 volunteer clients/day, per student group. 

Clinical Skills (16 hours) - This portion of the course is offered in a clinical care setting and provides students with clinical experience with 4-5 volunteer clients/day, per student group.

FCN Part 2 Registration

Tuition for Part 2 is not included in tuition for Part 1. We strongly encourage all interested students to apply for FCN Part 2 during their first month of participating in Part 1. The Part 2 component of the FCN course runs on a 'first come, first served basis' and requires a minimum number of students per class.     

Please visit the FCN 2 (Clinical) page of the Foot Care Kingston website for a list of Part 2 locations and location-specific Policies and Procedures Manuals. These manuals provide the following details for your location of choice: 

  • Course Outline
  • Course Dates and Registration Deadlines
  • Contact Information
  • Location(s)
  • Education Team Biographies
  • Registration Requirements and Process
  • Tuition
  • Tuition Refund, Course Cancellation and Waitlist Policy
  • Instruments and Supplies
  • Privacy and Confidentiality Standards
  • Dress Code
  • Unique Facility-Specific Policies and Procedures
Students must read the instructions in the Policies and Procedures Manual for their Part 2 location of choice, for details on how to register for Part 2 of the FCN course. As part of the registration process, students are to contact their Part 2 location to request location-specific documents and forms that must be reviewed prior to registration. Once reviewed, students must list the name of these forms/documents below, complete the section at the bottom of the page and email a scan or clear copy of this page to their Part 2 location.

Foot Care Kingston Intellectual Property Policy 

  • The Canada Copyright Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. C-42) protects all original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic work created in Canada or treaty countries, giving the author the sole "right to copy" (Canadian Intellectual Property Office, 2018). 

  • The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (2018) defines copyright as:

 "In the simplest terms, "copyright" means "the right to copy." In general, copyright means the sole right to produce or reproduce a work or a substantial part of it in any form. It includes the right to perform the work or any substantial part of it or, in the case of a lecture, to deliver it. If the work is unpublished, copyright includes the right to publish the work or any substantial part of it." 
  • The content of Foot Care Kingston's online courses is copyrighted and cannot be copied, shared or published without written permission of Foot Care Kingston's Director, Cindy Lazenby.

  • If written permission to copy, share or publish one of Foot Care Kingston's original works is provided by Foot Care Kingston's Director, proper reference to the author must be given when the work is used.

  • Foot Care Kingston is also committed to respecting the copyright of all original works produced by its students and will not copy, share or publish original works, such as original texts, audio and video recordings produced by students without their written permission.

  • If written permission to copy, share or publish a student's original work is provided by the student, proper reference to this author will be given when the work is used.

  • Student works produced in the context of Foot Care Kingston courses, which copy in part or in whole Foot Care Kingston's original works, will be considered to be the joint intellectual property of the student and Foot Care Kingston. Both parties need each other's written permission to copy, share or publish works of joint intellectual property. Both the student and Foot Care Kingston must be referenced when the work is used.
References used to develop this policy

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In signing this document, I confirm that I have read this FCN Part 2 Course Outline, reviewed the Policies and Procedures Manual for my location of choice, read all additional location-specific forms/documents listed above and read the Equipment Purchase Requirements.

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