Become a nurse foot health care specialist
Are you a nurse working in community, diabetic, renal, or senior health care and seeing an ever-increasing need for better lower limb and foot health care that is within the 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 the 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 Advanced Foot Care and Lower Limb Health online component dates for 2023!
Cohort 1 2022- February 4th, 2023 (Practical week (TBD))
Cohort 2 2022- April 1st, 2023 (Practical week (TBD))
Cohort 3 2022- October 7 2023 (Practical week (TBD))
*The Advanced Foot Care and Lower Limb Health program bundle including theory and practical sections is one entity for Canadian and US nurses, as required by our approving bodies.
The theory section of the course may be taken as a stand-alone course by allied medical professionals (such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, and podiatrist assistants) with an interest in foot health management anywhere in the world. A good level of English and medical terminology would be required.
This Program is approved in Canada for advanced and restricted practice education by the College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta (CLPNA).
This program is approved in the United States nationally for 207 continuing education hours through the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.”
Through the Caritas College Advanced Foot Care and Lower Limb Health 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.
Your chance for a new beginning
Caritas College presents the Advanced Foot Care and Lower Limb Health Management program consisting of two comprehensive and quality foot health management courses.
Part 1: Theory of Advanced Foot Care and Lower Limb Health (FNIT001)
This *160 hours guided, online theory course includes 16 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 the retention of course material. At the end of the course and upon receiving a passing grade, the student receives a certificate of theory completion.
FNI Bundle (includes FNIT 001 & FNIP 002 for nurses) – Pay in full $2500 or Bundle-it-Easy Payment Plan– 4 payments of $650
Theory (includes foot health management theory for allied health professionals) Pay-in-full: $1350 or One-Course-Easy Payment plan – 4 payments of $350
Read more about our payment plan options.
Next cohort starting August 6th, 2022 – apply today!
*Based on approximately 10 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. A certificate of theory completion is provided to those taking the theory only.
Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse, Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Podiatrist assistants.
Part 2: Foot Health Nurse Practical Applications (FNIP002)
This *6-8-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 16 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, and 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 are also included. The course is facilitated by a Registered Nurse with additional specialist educators also providing instruction and presentations.
Section B is a full *3-5-day clinical practicum with real clients in collaboration with various local organizations. The practical applications week prepares the student to sit the WOCNCB (US) foot care exam and to offer best practices for safe and effective, evidence-based foot care management.
Each student is introduced to and trained in the use of all lower limb care tools required for practice (manual and electronic). There is a 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 or community-based private practice.
- Days 4 & 5 of the clinical practicum are optional
Students must complete part 2 within 12 months of commencing Part 1. Part 2 is currently offered in Calgary. N.B. Other options may become available post-pandemic. Must be a professional nurse with a current license to complete this course.
Opportunities to purchase additional materials, manual tools, and electronic files may be 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.
Theory of Advanced Foot Care and Lower Limb Health Course Curriculum (FNIT 001)
- Anatomy and physiology review
- Organisms, disease, and defense
- 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
- Occupational health
Foot Care Nurse Practical Applications (FNIP002)
- Content Experts
- Basic foot care and management
- Advanced foot care and management
- Comfort solutions
- Decentralized steam reprocessing
- Setting up in practice
- *3-5 day clinic including student-acquired volunteers where possible and community clients
Next cohort starting February 2023 – apply today!
*The Advanced Foot Care and Lower Limb Health Theory course is also suitable for all medical professionals (such as occupational therapists, physiotherapists, massage therapists, and podiatrist assistants) with an interest in foot health management anywhere in the world. A good level of English and medical terminology would be required.
As an Advanced Foot Care and Lower Limb Health 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 center 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 footwear
- Enhancement theory for massage therapists.