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Foot Care Nurse Certificate Program Basic & Advanced

This Basic and Advanced Foot care Nurse Certificate program provides registered nurses RN's, nurse practitioners NP's, registered practical nurses RPN's, and License Practical Nurse LPN's with the knowledge and skills necessary to function as a Certified Foot Care Nurse CFCN in private practice, or within their healthcare community setting. Course is approved by the Foot Care Nurse Certification Board and includes the Certified Foot Care Nurse Competency Exam.

Foot CareCollege of Health Studies is an approved education provider through nursing education initiative at RNAO, RPNAO, LPNA.

This foot care nurse program is recognized by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), and is recognized by Medavie Blue Cross as a foot care nurse education facility for basic and advanced foot care nurse providers. Which also means that upon completion of the foot care program, the nurse can become a veteran affairs foot care nurse provider, and will be able to get paid for foot care service provided to veterans by Blue Cross Health insurance company.

This Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot care training program qualifies for the foot care nurse certification for foot care nurses throughout Canada.

This comprehensive Basic & Advanced Diabetic foot care nursing program is taught by registered nurses with extensive knowledge and training in Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot Care, Diabetic, and Geriatric Foot care. The course follows current best practice guidelines in nursing foot care, Health Canada best practice guidelines in infection control for foot care, and evidence-based practice in nursing foot care treatment, current nursing foot care standards, and competencies, and includes the Foot Care Nurse Competency Examination.

What is a Foot Care Nurse?

Topics Include:

  • The Role of the Nurse in Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot Care Today
  • Diabetes: A Review of Type 1 and Type 2 of the Disease Process including Prevalence, Diagnoses, Treatment, Management, Nutrition, Medication
  • Pathological Conditions of the Nails and Feet
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines 2018 on Diabetic Foot Care
  • Assessment, Treatment, Health Teaching, and Documentation Specific to Advanced High-Risk Nursing Foot Care
  • Foot Care Tools, Equipment, and Supplies Used in Foot Care Treatment including Use of Rotary tool, Foot Files, Clippers, Nail Nippers, Foot Files with Disposable Abrasive Pads
  • Foot Care Techniques including Cutting Nails with Nippers, In-Grown Scissors, Clippers, Treating In-Grown Nails, Treating Fungal, Strapping, Packing, Padding to Prevent In-Grown Nail, Soft, Hard, or Seeded Corn Removal Using Corn Remover Tools
  • Callous Removal Using Foot File with Disposable Abrasive Pad
  • Debridement of Thicken Nails Using a Rotary tool  with Disposable Abrasive Emery Band
  • CNO Infection Control Standards, Nursing Foot Care Standards, Health Canada Infection Prevention and Control standards in Providing Nursing Foot Care
  • Techniques Using Sterilization Methods Such as Autoclave or Use of Single-Use Disposable Tools
  • ABI Using Doppler to Check Peripheral Arterial Pulses will be Discussed

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to identify and understand causes, prevention, and treatment of common foot and nail disorders. You will be able to assess high-risk clients utilizing tools use in high-risk clients, understand factors affecting foot health, understand the importance of safety using N95 mask, disposable mono filament, autoclave, understand the role of Doppler in checking for peripheral arterial disease, implementation of sterilization of equipment and tools using Autoclave, single-use disposable foot care tools and be aware of foot care practice standards and scope of nursing practice.

Practical advice and information on establishing a private foot care business will be provided.

Entrance Requirement

A current non- restricted nursing registration license as a registered nurse, license practical nurse, or registered practical nurse with College of Nurses of Ontario--CNO, professional liability insurance from your nursing association, Hepatitis B vaccine, TB Mantoux skin test, Criminal reference check for the vulnerable sector.

Online version of this course is open to nurses in Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia, or anywhere in the world who are registered as nurses with your College of Nurses.

For Ontario nurses students will be expected to become members of the Registered Nurses Association Ontario--RNAO, or the Registered Practical Nurses Association Ontario--RPNAO in order to obtain liability insurance and if you are a registered nurse member of the Canadian Nurses Association--CAN.

Course Material

Foot care manual and foot care kit is not included. Student will be given the names of foot care suppliers not open to the public, where you will be able to purchase foot care supplies and equipment at wholesale price to perform foot care treatment to clients for your live case studies using the correct foot care tools, equipment, and disinfectant that cannot be purchased at regular stores.

Onsite Course is offered over 5 weekends Saturdays or Sundays only, and 4 weeks thereafter to complete 20 live hands-on case studies that you will find on your own providing 20 foot care nursing treatment using the tools and supplies from your foot care kit. The 20 case studies is a requirement for foot care nurse certification.

The college reserves the right to cancel a course if the numbers are not met. In this situation you will be moved to the next course date, or you will be refunded your registration fee. Registration fee is $500 to reserve a spot on the course. If you cancel a course of instruction 3 weeks prior to course start date and the course is a go you will be charged an administration fee of $150. If you cancel 1 week prior to course start date the registration of $500 will be charged.

There is no refund of tuition fee after you have paid and started any versions of the foot care nurse certificate course.

Course includes in-class theory, in-class lab, and hands-on clinical practice in the onsite diabetic clinic where students will receive hands on practical experience working with high risk clients.


For nurses in Ontario, please note that this course is tax deductible and a tax receipt will be issued upon completion of the course. In addition, for tuition fee paid, this course may qualify you for reimbursement from your associations for up to $1,500 under the nursing education initiative. Please contact RNAO or RPNAO for application form for funding grant up to $1,500/year.

Course duration is 90 hours including theory, in-class lab/clinical, and completion of 20 case studies. Each case study will take approximately 2 hours, 30 minutes, including nursing assessment and foot care treatment. Therefore total course hours equal 40 hours theory and approximately 50 hours to complete the 20 practical case studies. Please do not cut your toe nails for 1 month prior to course starting.

Upon completion of theory, passing final in class exam, demonstrate proficiency of skills in class lab, clinical setting, and completion of 20 case studies that you will find on your own, the student will be awarded the Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot care certificate with pin, Certified foot care nurse CFCN 1-year membership with Foot care Nurse Certification Board.

This course qualifies for the Foot care Nurse Certification as a certified foot care nurse CFCN. Students upon completion of the course, and passing the Foot Care Nurse Competencies exam will be issued the Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot care Certificate, and pin, and will be able to use the title of Certified Foot care Nurse--CFCN.

Course Next Start Dates:

  • 5 Fridays Basic and Advanced Foot Care Nurse Certificate Course Flexible Start Dates
  • 1 Week In-Class Intensive Basic and Advanced Foot Care Nurse Certificate Course Flexible Start Dates
  • Course Duration: Online is 10 weeks, including completion of 20 hands-on case studies that you will find in your community.
  • Hybrid Basic and Advanced Foot Care Nurse Certificate Course Flexible Start Dates

The next Basic and Advanced foot care nurse certificate course means flexible independent learning and coming in to the school at week 3 at a time that meets your schedule to learn how to perform the foot care nurse assessment, techniques, treatment, sterilization procedure, and learning how to use the foot care nurse tools and supplies. You will be expected to become familiar with the text and obtain your tools prior to coming in to the school. After learning the techniques, sterilization, and use of tools, the foot care nurse will be expected to complete 20 hands-on case studies that they will find on their own. This course must be completed in the 10 weeks duration to meet certification.

Online version of the Basic and Advanced foot care nurse course has flexible start date course ongoing.

"To qualify and meet foot care nurse certification standards, students completing all versions of the basic and advanced foot care nurse program must complete 20 practical hands on foot care treatment that you will find on your own.”

To register in the next in-class course or Online Nursing Foot Care course please fill out form below and submit application. We will contact you upon receipt of your application.

Reserve your place now, as classes are small and courses fills up early.

Click here if you are already a foot care nurse practicing and are interested in becoming certified as a foot care nurse, or if you have completed a Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot Care course and wish to be considered for Foot Care Nurse Certification as a Certified Foot Care Nurse--CFCN. Please submit form below.

Registered Nurses Association of Ontario--RNAO Recognition Award 2017

College of Health Studies is pleased to receive the prestigious Registered Nurses Association of Ontario--RNAO Promotion in a Nursing Program award.
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Contact us to start our foot care nurse certification program in Ontario. We offer both basic as well as advanced foot care training to students.