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  1. Course Description

  2. Prerequisites

  3. Dates & Registration DeadlinesKingston Ontario Foot Care Nurse Student

  4. Contact Information

  5. Location

  6. Education Team Profile

  7. Registration

  8. Tuition

  9. Tuition Refund, Course Cancellation & Wait List


  10. Instruments & Supplies

  11. Privacy & Confidentiality Standards

  12. Dress Code

  13. Policies & Procedures Unique to Facility


Last Revised: January 27, 2018

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 2 (Clinical) is the mentorship and clinical component of the FCN course where students practice 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. Tuition for FCN Part 2 is not included in tuition for 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.
  • Each applicant must carry and show proof of at least $2 million personal protective insurance (malpractice insurance).
  • Each applicant must hold a current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License (temporary or full) from the territory or province in which they reside and will be taking Part 2 of the FCN course.
  • Each student must show proof of completion of the IPAC Core Competency Course and Reprocessing in Health Care Settings Course. Both courses are free and offered online and are listed as an exercise in section 6 of FCN Part 1 course and in FCN Part 2 Pre-Course Exercises.

Dates & Registration Deadlines

Oct 12-14, 17 & 24th, 2018 (early bird tuition deadline: July 13th, 2018 at 12am PST)

  • Fri Oct 12 - 5pm - 9pm (St. Lawrence College)
  • Sat & Sun Oct 13 & 14 - 9am - 7pm (St. Lawrence College)
  • Weds Oct 17 & 24 - 8am - 8pm (Kingston Community Health Center)

NOTE: Start and end times vary depending on the location and the day!!

Students registering after the deadline will be added to a wait list. If accepted to the course, an additional fee of $150 + tax will be applicable.

Mentorship Dates: Students will be expected to attend a Kingston area foot care clinic with a member of our Part 2 education team for 3 hours.  Mentorship hours can be completed prior to the Part 2 clinical dates, once the nurse has completed the FCN Part 2 Pre-Course Exercises. Students are to contact their lead educator to book their mentorship hours, once they have completed these exercises and must be completed no later than 1 month after Part 2 clinical dates. Mentorship hours are mandatory to receive a certificate of completion.

Contact Information

For any queries regarding the Part 2 of the FCN course in Kingston please email or call 613-217-FOOT (3668). We endeavor to respond to all queries within 1-3 business days.


2 Locations:

  1. St. Lawrence College, 100 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, ON
  2. Kingston Community Health Centre, 263 Weller Ave, Kingston, ON

Goal: Foster links between foot care professionals and assist in the development of a strong and knowledgeable foot care community.

Mission: Provide accessible, up to date and sustainable foot care nurse training courses that recognize provincial and national guidelines and standards of nursing care.

Values: Recognize that a dedicated, co-operative team of foot care nurse educators from across Canada can drive change through partnerships and by working together in order to inspire innovation in foot care nurse education.

Cindy Lazenby (Lead Educator)

Cindy Lazenby is the Owner and Director of Foot Care Kingston. She is the Lead Educator for Part 1 of the Foot Care Nurse (FCN) course, as well as Part 2 of the FCN course in Kingston. Since 1993, Cindy and her associates have trained over 4000 nurses across the country. Her expertise to design and deliver customized foot care courses has been sought out by a wide range of organizations including: community colleges, universities and government departments. She is passionate about education and committed to using this as a tool to support informed, effective, and consistent practices for nursing foot care in Canada.

Cindy is a founding contributor, and the first chair of the CAFCN (Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses), which aims to standardize best practices across the nation. She has an extensive history of advocating for improvements in nursing foot care in Canada. In addition to her Director and Educator responsibilities, Cindy is the Lead Author of Art and Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada as well as the Lead of an Expert Task Force currently set on reviewing and providing recommendations for an official definition of 'basic' and 'advanced' foot care in Canada. 

Aside from being accused of being "obsessed with feet" for the last 25+ years by some of her friends and family, there are 4 important aspects of her life that give her a constant stream of joy: family, community, nature and health & wellness.

For more details on Cindy’s experience and education, please visit her profile page on Foot Care Kingston’s website.

Melissa Dion (Educator in Training) - Melissa Dion is in training to become an Educator. She is a graduate of Foot Care Kingston's 2014 FCN course and has been a Clinical Assistant for several courses since. Melissa currently works for a community nursing agency in the Kingston area. Within the clinical setting of Foot Clinics offered by her agency, she is available to provide mentorship to students completing the 3 hour mentorship portion of the course.

Helen Plathan (Preceptor in Training)  - Helen Plathan is in training to become a Preceptor. She is a graduate of Foot Care Kingston's 2014 FCN course. This year will be Helen's first experience assisting with foot care nurse courses, although she brings with her many transferable leadership skills from her previous related educational and clinical experiences in the health care field. Helen currently works for a few community nursing/foot care agencies in the Kingston area and has offered to provide mentorship to students completing the 3 hour mentorship portion of the course. 

Marie-Pierre Hamelin (Operations Management Support) - Marie-Pierre Hamelin is Foot Care Kingston's Operations Management Consultant and Liaison. She has worked with Foot Care Kingston for 3 years and during this time has played a key role ensuring the smooth running of operations of Foot Care Kingston, including the registration for the FCN course Part 1 and for Kingston's Part 2. For more information on Marie-Pierre's experience and education, please visit her profile page. 

When and how to register

Students must complete the Kingston Part 2 FCN Course Application to register. Students are invited to register at any time after they have started Part 1 of the FCN course. We strongly encourage all interested students to complete this application during their first month of participating in Part 1. Part 2 of the FCN courses runs on a 'first come, first served basis' and requires a minimum numbers of students per class.

Minimum and maximum participants requirements

  • Minimum 6 students
  • Maximum 10 students

Possible flexibility on this criteria may be extended. A waitlist will be maintained for any nurse wishing to register after the program maximum has been reached. Nurses may need to choose another location or different dates to attend part 2 if the Kingston location cannot accommodate them on specific dates, such as if minimum number of nurses required to run the program are not reached or have exceeded their maximum number of students.

How much is tuition?

2018: $1,695.00 ($1,500.00 + HST $195.00)

What is included in the tuition?

  • 10 sets of sterile single-use instruments (nippers, blacks files, foot files, scalpels, burs)
  • 10 sets of PPE’s (gowns, masks, eye protection, gloves, alcohol gel, disinfectant wipes, etc.)
  • Use of miscellaneous health teaching supplies (moisturizers, padding, footwear & orthotic samples, foot models, mirror, etc.)
  • Use of assessment tools (ABPI doppler, tuning fork, reflex hammer, monofilaments, goniometer, etc.)
  • 3 hour mentorship
  • 5 days of clinical
  • a certificate of completion on successfully meeting minimum requirements of the course

What are the payment methods?  

  • Interac E-transfer
  • Money Order (Note that if you prefer to pay by money order, there is an additional $56.50 fee tax incl. for the extra processing involved. Please contact us for mailing details.)

Should you wish to withdraw, note that tuition received is non-refundable as activities and expenses were made on your behalf from the date of receipt. Subject to approval by the Lead Educator, you may apply to re-enter into the next Part 2 course, space permitting and subject to a re-entry fee.

Should Foot Care Kingston cancel the program due to low enrollment or any other unexpected reason, students will be informed that they will receive a full refund. 

What students are to bring that are not included in the tuition?

Students will be expected to show proof of the following on arrival on their first day of mentorship:

  • CPIC - Hard copy of a stamped CPIC (known as a police security clearance certificate) 
  • Hard copy or electronic copy of at least $2 million personal protective insurance (malpractice insurance)
  • Printed or online 'receipt' of showing current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License from the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Printed copies - of the mentorship exercise forms as listed in the FCN Part 2 Pre-Course Exercises.
  • Course Textbook - Lazenby, Cindy. LM. (2017) Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada.

Students will be expected to arrive on their first day of clinical with the following:

  • CPIC - Hard copy of a stamped CPIC (known as a police security clearance certificate) 
  • Hard copy or electronic copy of at least $2 million personal protective insurance (malpractice insurance)
  • Printed or online 'receipt' of showing current non-restricted Nursing Registration/License from the College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Hard copy government issued photo ID
  • Printed copies - documents, certificates, forms, exercises and handouts that are listed in the FCN Part 2 Pre-Course Exercises.
  • Office supplies - listed in the FCN Part 2 Pre-Course Exercises.
  • Equipment - each nurse is to bring a 'podiatric rotary instrument' that is designed for use on human skin (not hardware or industrial brands), which can be purchase through Quality FootCare Products at a special discounted student rate of $540 (includes 3 diamond deb burrs, taxes and free shipping).
  • Course Textbook - Lazenby, Cindy. LM. (2017) Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada.
  • Food & Drink – Students are responsible for their own food and drinks each day. There are many places to purchase food nearby.

Other expenses not included in the tuition

  • Costs for accommodation & travel to and from clinical and mentorship locations
  • Parking (if any)
  • Tuition for FCN Part 1 
  • Requests outside of normal course activities or outside of educational, technical, and administrative support schedules or activities as per the course outline (such as requests for remedial assignments, course transcripts, third party correspondence, letters, etc.)

Nurses will be required to sign a privacy/confidentiality form at each location and follow the privacy and confidentiality standards provided by each location on arrival on the 1st day of mentorship and clinical.

  • Day 1-5: A name tag will be provided to the student and is to be worn at all times.
  • Day 1-5: Scrubs/uniforms and closed toe and heel shoes, hair up and off shoulders and face.
  • Day 1-5: Bring your smile! You will have lots of fun learning new skills.