Project Description

Become a nurse foot care specialist

Are you a nurse working in community, diabetic, renal or senior’s health care and seeing an ever increasing need for better lower limb and foot health care that is within nursing scope of practice? Are you a creative RN, RPN or LPN interested in broadening your horizons into your own business as a foot health provider? Are you already a foot care nurse seeking to up-skill your current foot care practice?

As the world population ages, lower limb and foot complications from diabetes and peripheral vascular disease continues to grow. The call for nurses trained in expert medical foot and nail health is critical and ever increasing to assess, prevent, treat, teach and advocate for clients and patients at risk. In fact, it is our belief that every nurse should study lower limb and foot health as a required part of their professional development.

Opportunity is knocking at the door for you to make a difference and be on the leading edge of change!

Theory of Foot Health Management online component starting November 7th – apply today! 

*The Foot Health Management Theory course is also suitable for all medical professionals (such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, podiatrist assistants) with an interest in foot health management anywhere in the world. A good level of English and medical terminology would be required.

Foot Health Management Course - Caritas College

Through the Caritas College Foot Health Management program, you will develop the theory and the practical skills required to provide general lower limb health and advanced foot and nail care. Caritas College offers one of the most comprehensive and detailed foot care programs in North America and prepares nurses to take the WOCNCB CFCN (US) examination.

We invite you to come and learn with us and improve your skills as an exceptional lower limb health care provider.

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Your chance for a new beginning

Caritas College presents two comprehensive and quality foot health management courses as part of the Foot Health Management program.

Course 1: Theory of Foot Health Management (FNIT001)

This *94 hour guided, online theory course includes 14 weekly instructional units of study on lower limb health theory and related disease processes as it applies to non-invasive lower limb health management. It includes an in-depth foundation of learning and insights into foot health that all foot care nurses and interested allied health professionals will find useful to offer best practices and client teaching in lower limb and foot health management. Applicable pharmacology is included in the learning material as is the theory of steam sterilization to surgical suite standard for infection prevention and control.

The course assignments are graded and a final exam ensures retention of course material. At the end of the course and upon receiving a passing grade, the student receives a certificate of theory completion.

Investment options:

Pay-in-full: $1350 or One-Course-Easy Payment plan – 4 payments of $350

FNI Bundle (includes FNIT 001 & FNIP 002) – $2500 or Bundle-it-Easy Payment Plan– 4 payments of $650

Read more about our payment plan options.

Next cohort starting September 5, 2020 – apply today! 

*Based on approximately 6 hours weekly study including a weekly online cohort meeting with the group currently registered. Students access study material weekly but are self-paced within the weekly time frame.  

**This course is also suitable for all medical professionals (such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, podiatrist assistants) with an interest in foot health management anywhere in the world. A good level of English and medical terminology would be required.

Admission Requirements

Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Podiatrist assistant.

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Course 2: Foot Care Nurse Practical Applications (FNIP002)

This 6-day course is specifically for nurses who have completed FNIT001. It is offered to Canadian and American nurses at collaborating colleges or designated venues, combining both skill building and practicum. Nurses attend class in person.

Section A is taught in the form of skill building labs in a classroom setting to a maximum of 15 students attending. Labs include basic to advanced foot care practice training, including electronic filing, sterilization of tools training to surgical suite standard, forefoot comfort solutions, wound and product-picker training. Practical applications for in-depth assessment of the lower limb and foot, lower limb, foot massage, and preparation for practicum is also included. The course is facilitated by a Registered Nurse with additional specialist educators also providing instruction and presentations.

Section B is a full 3-day practicum with real clients in collaboration with various local organizations. An extension of two additional practicum days is available on request for students requiring additional mentorship. The practical applications week prepares the student to sit the WOCNCB CFCN (US) foot care exam and to offer best practice safe and effective, evidence-based foot care management.

Each student is introduced to and trained in the use of all foot care tools required for practice (manual and electronic). There is required pre-practicum study. The clinical practicum ensures that each student has the opportunity to treat a variety of foot care issues under supervision and become familiar with the running of a foot care clinic.

Location Information

Students must complete course 2 within 14 months of commencing course 1. Course 2 will be offered in Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary. Must be a professional nurse to complete this course.

Opportunities to purchase additional materials, manual tools and electronic files are available.

Each practicum accommodates a limited number of students only, spots fill up quickly.

Upon completion of the full program, students receive a Foot Health Management certificate of program completion and pin.

Investment options:

Pay-in-full: $1350 or One-Course-Easy Payment plan – 4 payments of $350

FNI Bundle (includes FNIT 001 & FNIP 002) – $2500 or Bundle-it-Easy Payment Plan- 4 payments of $650

Read more about our payment plan options.

Admission Requirements

Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Psychiatric Nurse. Proof of current license to practice is required. Students must have completed FNIT001. Foot Health Management incorporates North American, British and European foot health practices within national and international guidelines and comply with scope of practice for foot care treatments including the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), The American Nurses Association (ANA), Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses (CAFCN) and Canadian Provincial and US State requirements for foot care practices.

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Theory of Foot Health Management Course Curriculum (FNIT 001)

  • Anatomy and physiology review
  • Organisms, disease and defence
  • Biomechanics and gait
  • Common foot disorders
  • Soft tissue pathologies
  • Common skin conditions related to the foot
  • Arthritis and rheumatic disorders
  • Diabetes and peripheral vascular disease
  • Wound care and healing theory
  • Seniors, athletes and children’s feet
  • Pain, shoes and orthotics
  • Assessment review

Next cohort starting November 7th, 2020 – apply today! 

*The Foot Health Management Theory course is also suitable for all medical professionals (such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, podiatrist assistants) with an interest in foot health management anywhere in the world. A good level of English and medical terminology would be required.

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Career Opportunities

As a Foot Care Specialist Nurse you will be able to practice skills in a variety of settings or become an entrepreneur and enter independent practice. Nurses who would benefit from taking this program would be:

  • Nurses practicing within a demographic of senior clients with diabetes, renal disease and high blood pressure
  • Diabetes educators
  • Renal nurses
  • Continuing care nurses including long-term care and supportive living
  • Oncology nurses offering in-patient care
  • Community health nurses
  • Rehabilitation centre staff
  • Outreach nurses
  • Foot Care Nurses entering independent practice

Careers and transfers for Allied Health Professionals (FNIT 001 only)

  • Enhancement theory for lower limb assessments and therapeutic foot wear
  • Enhancement theory for massage therapists.

Foot Health Management Course - Caritas College

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