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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 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.

What titles, signatures, designations or abbreviations does Foot Care Kingston recognize for graduates of a Foot Care Nurse course? 

Foot Care Kingston recognizes the use of 'Foot Care Nurse'.

We recommend that nurses who have successfully completed both the theoretical and practical mentorship/clinical components of a Foot Care Nurse course, AND meet CAFCN's National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada write 'Foot Care Nurse' next to their name. 

For example: Jane Doe RPN, Foot Care Nurse

Nurses need to verify with their provincial and territorial regulatory bodies for limitations to using the term 'Foot Care Nurse' (i.e. CLPNM's Practice Direction).

Currently, Foot Care Kingston does not recognize the use of any other adjectives, titles, signatures, designations or abbreviations added before or after the 'Foot Care Nurse' title.


Do you offer customized courses?

Yes, we do! In addition to our regular scheduled Foot Care Nurse, FCN Preceptor and FCN Educator courses, skills workshops and conferences, 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 our Director, Cindy Lazenby, at cindy@footcarekingston.com to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we may be able to accommodate your agency's needs.


Can PSW's or other unregulated care workers register for Foot Care Kingston's courses and skills workshops?

PSW's and unregulated workers are not eligible to register for our Foot Care Nurse courses and workshops, 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

Our customized workshops are designed to teach information and skills that build on previous health care education and training. Interested in learning more about our customized workshops? Please contact our Director, Cindy Lazenby, at cindy@footcarekingston.com to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we may be able to accommodate your agency's needs.


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 private career or community colleges and universities 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

Foot Care Nurse Course



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

Currently in Canada, there is not a certification process of Foot Care Nurses recognized by the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses. Although a recognized certification process for Foot Care Nurses is not currently available, we welcome its development and are working to ensure that our Foot Care Nurse, Foot Care Nurse Preceptor and Foot Care Nurse Educator course graduates will be ready for this process as well. In addition to keeping abreast of any certification developments and integrating these to our courses as the information is made available by the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses (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.

Since 2007, significant changes have been made to our Foot Care Nurse course. As part of Foot Care Kingston's commitment to providing education based on nursing foot care best practices, 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. All training and professional development opportunities offered by Foot Care Kingston and its education partners, including courses, workshops and conferences, are based on current Best Practice Guidelines and evidence-based practice, including the CAFCN National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada( 2017).

Foot Care Kingston's Foot Care Nurse course, which is provided in partnership with locations in Ontario and British Columbia offers a standardized curriculum and includes the CAFCN National Competencies for Advanced Nursing Foot Care in Canada (2017) as exit competencies to the course.

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 on the CAFCN website.

Does the Foot Care Nurse course cover advanced and diabetic nursing foot care?

Yes, as per the competencies outlines in 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, which is a component of advanced foot care skills.


Is there funding available to help with tuition?

Yes, please visit our Financial Aid page for details.


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 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 FCN 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 FCN Part 2 education partner locations, which are currently in Ontario and BC. More locations may be available in the future. For a list of current FCN Part 2 locations, please visit the FCN Part 2 (Clinical) page of our website.

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

Although a large majority of our students regularly reside in Ontario, out-of-province nurses are welcome to apply! Part 1 (theory) of the Foot Care Nurse course is completed entirely online and is accessible to students from all locations. Students should note 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 only and that students are required to 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 to different provinces and territories. Please Contact Us if you are interested in the course and cannot find a FCN Part 2 location near you. ​We will keep your location in consideration when choosing new FCN Part 2 partners and will let you know if an FCN Part 2 location becomes available in your area. We have also on occasion sent an Educator to teach FCN Part 2 on-site when four or more nurses from the same location outside of the catchment area for our current FCN Part 2 locations are wanting to complete FCN Part 2 at the same time.


Can I take FCN Part 1 without taking FCN Part 2?

Tuition for Part 1 and Part 2 of the FCN course are separate. Registration to FCN Part 1 does not obligate students to complete FCN Part 2 and is a great way to learn and refresh knowledge on current nursing foot care theory and best practice guidelines. However, students should note that as FCN Part 1 does not provide any practical training in foot care, nurses are not yet qualified to provide foot care to clients after completing this part of the FCN course.

It is the responsibility of each nurse to ensure they are working within their scope of practice by following the requirements of their provincial or territorial nursing governing body and national nursing foot care associations as outlined in related policies, competencies, guidelines, standards, acts and regulations

To practice as a Foot Care Nurse, nurses must ensure they have successfully completed both theoretical and clinical/mentorship components of a FCN course, such as Part 1 and Part 2 of Foot Care Kingston's FCN course, or any other equivalent FCN course. Please read Foot Care Kingston's
Limitations to Practice Policy, which must be read and submitted by all FCN Part 1 students, for further details.


Can I take FCN Part 2 without taking FCN Part 1?

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


Can I pick my own FCN Part 2 Mentor/Educator?

Unfortunately, no. Only approved FCN 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 FCN Part 2 Educator uses the same course outline and the same standardized, peer-reviewed, multi-authored lesson guidelines. Adding a FCN 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 FCN 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 FCN Part 1?

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 for FCN Part 1?

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. Please refer to the Part 1 Course Outline and Appendix A for complete details on assignments for Part 1 of the FCN course.

Students should 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 assignments for FCN Part 1 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 complete the assignments out of order. 


Do you provide information on operating your own business?

Not in depth, although one assignment in FCN Part 1 provides an overview of 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 practise as a Foot Care Nurse 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 2 years of foot care nursing experience, we also recommend graduates considering private practice take additional continuing education courses which focus on the skills needed to run a small business.


How does your FCN 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. First, it is important to note that our 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 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. Included below are some of our course features we would like to highlight:

  • Our FCN course has both an online theoretical component (FCN Part 1) AND an in-person clinical component (FCN Part 2).
  • FCN Part 1 is completed over a period of 11 weeks and includes 90 hours of course work.
  • FCN Part 1 is online and can be completed from your home computer.
  • Webinars for FCN Part 1 are pre-recorded and can be viewed on your own schedule.
  • FCN Part 1 has a discussion board to help students network and ask questions.
  • FCN Part 2 is the mentorship and clinical component of the FCN course and focuses on hands on learning and includes 40+ hours of course work.
  • FCN Part 2 is now offered in 5 central locations in Canada, making this course widely accessible.
  • The curriculum for FCN Part 2 is standardized across locations, each of our FCN Part 2 partners uses the same peer-reviewed education guidelines and course outline.
  • FCN Advanced Skills Workshops are being developed and will soon be available to graduates wanting to fine tune their skills.
  • As of 2018, FCN Preceptor courses and FCN Educator courses will be available to our FCN course graduates interested in teaching and meeting skill and experience prerequisites.

We recommend reviewing the FCN Part 1 Course Outline and Appendix A as well as FCN Part 2 Course Outline for more details about what the FCN course has to offer.


FCN Preceptor and Educator Courses/FCN Workshops and Conferences


FCN Preceptor courses, FCN Educator courses, FCN workshops and conferences are being developed for 2018. More information will be available shortly. In the meantime, please visit the FCN Preceptor course, FCN Educator course and FCN Skills Workshops pages of our website for details and sign up to our quarterly newsletter for all the latest updates.