Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
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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 email@example.com to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we may be able to accommodate your agency's needs.
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:
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.
Yes, please visit our Financial Aid page for details.
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
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.