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Do you offer customized courses?

Yes, we do! In addition to our regular scheduled FCN courses, we also design and deliver customized courses for health care agencies, government departments and educational facilities. We have Educators available to travel to most Canadian locations, able to provide a customized course on location, to meet your needs.  Interested in learning more? Please contact us at cindy@footcarekingston.com to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we may be able to accommodate your agency's needs.


Will this course provide me with a certification to be a Foot Care Nurse?

There is not yet an established process in Canada for the certification of foot care nurses. The first version of the National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada was published by the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses in March 2017. Our preliminary review confirms that our course currently meets the guidelines and standards set out in this document. Since 2007, significant changes have been made to our Foot Care Nurse course in preparation for the release of the National Competencies:

2007 - 2014: As part of Foot Care Kingston's commitment to provide education on best practices of nursing foot care, our peer-reviewed and multi-authored interdisciplinary team has completed an annual review of the course content and format and made regular adjustments for the course to stay current and to improve the student experience. 
2015: Foot Care Kingston's current Foot Care Nurse course, along with its newly released course textbook, meets the criteria listed in the October 2015 Draft Competency Guidelines developed by CAFCN. 
2016 -2017: The same standardized FCN course is available across different locations in Ontario and British Columbia. In preparing for the release of the National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada, all Educators currently partnering with Foot Care Kingston to offer the clinical portion of the FCN course (Part 2), formed the FCN Educator Network, a collaborative and volunteer network which supports the standardization of the FCN course across different locations and facilitates sharing of skills and resources.
Although a certification process for Foot Care Nurses is not yet available in Canada, we welcome its development and are working to ensure that our Foot Care Nurse course graduates will be ready for this process as well. In addition to keeping abreast of any certification developments and integrating these to the FCN course as the information is made available by the CAFCN, we are also in the process of developing advanced skills workshops for graduates to refresh and increase their advanced foot care nursing competencies in preparation for certification. 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 of the CAFCN website.

Does this course cover advanced and diabetic nursing foot care?

Yes, from our review of the National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada, we are able to confirm that our Foot Care Nurse course does cover the criteria for advanced nursing foot care. Our FCN course also teaches diabetic nursing foot care skills.


Is there funding available to help with tuition?

Yes, please visit our Financial Aid page for details.


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 colleges, universities and institutions certified by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC). Foot Care Kingston 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 Care Kingston's head office mailing address?

Foot Care Kingston, PO Box 44. Camden East ON. K0K 1J0 CANADA

Do course participants attend sessions online?

No, students do not attend scheduled online sessions. Weekly webinars are pre-recorded for students to view at their convenience and students study on their own time for all 11 assignments.
 
As adult learners and graduates from the nursing profession, students are expected to be self-directed learners and be responsible for checking email messages regularly to ensure that they received all notices and updates from your Educator.


Are there travel requirements?

Travel is not required for Part 1 of the course, which is completed online. Participants that attend Part 2 of the Foot Care Nurse course  will be required to travel to one of our Part 2 education partner locations, which are currently in Ontario and British Columbia. More locations may be available in the future.

Can I take this course if I do not live in Ontario or British Columbia?

Out of province applicants are welcome! Part 1 (theory) of the Foot Care Nurse course is completed entirely online and is accessible to students from all locations. Students should note however, that Part 2 of the FCN course, which is the clinical portion of the course, requires in-person participation with one of our education partners currently located in Ontario and British Columbia only. In order to be eligible for Part 2, students must be registered/licensed to practise in the province of their Part 2 location. Also, note that to be eligible to register for Part 2, students must have graduated from Part 1 within 12 months of the Part 2 start date.

We understand that the location and professional membership requirements for Part 2 may be a barrier to participation and are working on expanding our Part 2 locations in the near future. Having said this, Part 1 of the Foot Care Nurse course is entirely online and accessible from all locations.

Please Contact Us if you are interested in the course and cannot find a Part 2 location near you. We will keep you location in consideration when choosing new Part 2 partners and will let you know if Part 2 of the FCN course becomes available in your area.


Can I just take Part 1?

Tuition for Part 1 and Part 2 of the FCN course are separate. Registration to Part 1 does not obligate students to complete Part 2 and is a great way to learn and refresh knowledge on current nursing foot care theory and best practice guidelines.


Can I just take Part 2?

Unfortunately, no. Although the tuition for Part 1 and Part 2 of the FCN course are separate, the prerequisite for Part 2 is successful completion of Part 1 with a minimum grade of 75%. 


Can I pick my own Part 2 Mentor/Educator?

Unfortunately, no. Only approved Part 2 education partners listed on the FCN 2 (Clinical) page of the Foot Care Kingston website are authorized to teach Part 2 of the FCN course. Each Part 2 Educator uses the same course outline and the same standardized, peer-reviewed, multi-authored lesson guidelines. Adding a Part 2 education partner location requires extensive screening, training and coordination. Having said this, we do keep track of requests from prospective students for alternative locations should there be an opportunity to expand Part 2 locations in the future. Please Contact Us to if you are interested in adding your location to the list.


Do I have to purchase personal protection coverage (liability/malpractice)?

In 2015, the College of Nurses of Ontario declared that all nurses registered in Ontario must purchase personal protection coverage. All other provinces and territories regulatory bodies already include personal protection.


What will the Educator's availability be during the course?

An Educator will be assigned to you to answer questions, review and mark weekly assignments. During course time, your Educator will be available to respond to questions submitted via email within 1-3 business days. In addition, students are also encouraged to help each other, ask questions and collaborate using the course discussion board.


How do assignments work?

Assignments for Part 1 of the FCN course are due on the Friday of each week. More details about assignment requirements are included in the Part 1 Course Outline and Appendix A.

We recommend students set aside 4-8 hours per week for assignments. The time required for each assignment will depend on the student's level of knowledge as it relates to each chapter of the course textbook. If interested in reaching a more precise estimate of the time commitment required for the course workload, prospective students are encouraged to purchase and complete a preliminary review of the course textbook to better assess their current level of familiarity with the course material. Please visit the Bookstore page of our website for details on how to purchase the course textbook:  Art & Science of Foot Care: A Clinical Resource for Nurses in Canada (2017).


Can I complete the assignments ahead of time?

We recommend students keep ahead 1-2 weeks (if possible), in order to complete the course as scheduled. Having said this we do not recommend students get ahead any more then this or complete the assignments out of order unless having made prior arrangements with their Educator. The Educator may not mark assignments in advance and it's imperative that students get feedback prior to moving forward. Doing assignments without Educator feedback and support is not the intent of the course's continuing education design.


Do you provide information on operating your own business?

Not in depth in Part 1, although one assignment is geared to different foot care nurse roles and different clinical settings including Private Practice. In order to increase competencies and improve patient outcomes, we recommend that all our graduates practice foot care for at least 2 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 to the 2 years of foot care experience, we also recommend additional continuing education courses in running a small business.


How does your course compare to other Canadian foot care courses?

The Foot Care Nurse course offered by Foot Care Kingston and its education partners offers unique features. Some are included in the tuition and others are available to graduates at an extra cost. Features include:

  • discussion board
  • pre-recorded webinars
  • mentoring program
  • networking opportunities
  • hands-on demonstrations and added skill workshops for graduates covering of FCN course and advanced skills in areas such as infection control, biomechanics, footwear, padding and strapping, sharps, orthotics, etc

To further compare Foot Care Kingston's Foot Care Nurse course with other foot care courses in Canada, prospective students are encouraged to consult the Education section of the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses website, where Foot Care Kingston's FCN course is listed among programs available with other organizations. Please note that the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses does not officially endorse or approve any foot care programs or courses.


Is the Foot Care Nurse Course available to PSW's or other unregulated care workers?

No, but we have customized 'basic' foot care workshops for health care agencies that have multidisciplinary teams that include both nurses and unregulated health care workers. The workshop teaches participants:

  • the basics of normal foot conditions (no pathologies)
  • to perform basic foot care when basic foot care is recommended by the foot care nurse 
  • to make appropriate referrals to the foot care nurse

Workshops are designed to teach information and skills that build on previous health care education and training.


What is the demand for foot care nurses?

Across Canada, employers from Medical Health Teams, Clinics, Health Centers and Community Agencies actively recruit our graduates year round, as there is a serious shortage of foot care nurses that possess the skills and knowledge acquired from the Foot Care Nurse course and meet the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses' National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care In Canada (2017).

Unfortunately, many positions that have been posted in the past few years have not been filled, and some employers don’t even get responses from advertisements, as there are insufficient numbers of highly qualified foot care nurses that can provide comprehensive high risk screening, diabetic foot care and ongoing high risk foot care management.

Other career-related notes:

  • The majority of graduates of the Foot Care Nurse course are practicing foot care in their workplace.
  • There is a high demand for foot care nurses in the community and nursing homes due to an aging population, an increasing number of persons with diabetes, and an increasing need in First Nations and Inuit communities.
  • There is a high demand for foot care nurses in medical clinics and emerging multidisciplinary Health Care Teams.