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

College of Health Studies is an approved education provider through nursing education initiative at RNAO, RPNAO, and 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. 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 services provided to veterans by the Blue Cross Health insurance company.

This Basic and Advanced Nursing Foot care training program qualifies for the foot care nurse certification board  certified foot care nurse standard of  service  for foot care nurses throughout Canada and abroad.

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 including; Health Canada best practice guidelines in infection control for foot care, evidence based practice in nursing foot care treatment, current nursing foot care standards and competencies, and the Foot care Nurse competency examination .

 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, best practice in wound care assessment and treatment as per the registered nursing association diabetic foot assessment , and treatment competencies as per the Foot care Nurse certification Board, and the pathological condition of the nails and feet.

Clinical practice guidelines 2013 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 dremel, foot files, clippers, nail nippers, and foot file with disposable abrasive pad.

Foot care techniques including; cutting nails with nippers, ingrown scissors, clippers, treating ingrown nail, treating fungal, strapping, packing, padding to prevent ingrown nails, soft, hard or seeded corn removal using corn remover tool, callous removal using safe tools including rotary tools.

CNO infection control standards, Nursing Foot care Standards, Health Canada infection prevention, and control standards in providing nursing foot care.

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, utilize tools for high risk clients, understand factors affecting foot health, understand the importance of safety using N95 mask, disposable mono filament, autoclave, implementation of sterilization of equipment and tools using Autoclave and chemosterilant method when performing foot care, and be aware of foot care today within the scope of nursing practice.

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

Entrance requirement

•             Current non- restricted nursing registration license as a registered nurse
•             Licensed practical nurse, or registered practical nurse with College of Nurses of Ontario – CNO
•             Professional liability insurance from your nursing association
•             Hepatitis b vaccine and TB Mantoux skin test
•             Criminal reference check for the vulnerable sector.

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 (CNA).

Course material

The Foot care manual and the foot care kit are not included in tuition. Students will be given the names of foot care suppliers not open to the public, where each may purchase foot care supplies and equipment at wholesale price.

Courses have flexible start dates, student will have to complete 20 live hands on case studies which must be submitted at week 10. (Please note that these case studies will not be provided).

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. If you cancel a course of instruction and the course is a go you will be charged an administration fee of $150.


Course includes in class theory, and hands on clinical lab practice in the onsite diabetic clinic where students will receive hands on practical experience.


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 $1500. Please contact RNAO or RPNAO for application form for funding grant up to $1500/year.

Course duration

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 = 40 hours theory and approximately 50 hours to complete the 20 practical case studies.

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 Advanced Nursing Foot care certificate with pin and a 1 year membership with Foot care Nurse Certification Board.

This course qualifies for the Foot care Nurse Certification.  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 protected title of Certified Foot care Nurse - CFCN.

Course next start dates:

Flexible start dates

1 Hybrid version Basic and Advanced foot care nurse course flexible in class and at home

1 Online version Basic and Advanced foot care nurse start date course ongoing and flexible

"20 practical hands on case studies or live hands on foot care treatment must be completed

for all version of the course".

 To register for 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 course fills up early.

Foot Care Nurse Certificate Basic and Advanced