Foot Care for Nurses

College-Approved Certificate (6 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 1607X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Registered nurses or registered practical nurses who want to specialize in foot care nursing should enrol in this College certificate program to gain the theoretical knowledge, special skills and additional competencies required for the role. Classroom lecture and discussions, lab demonstration and practice and clinical practice provide necessary learning opportunities.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Enjoy the challenges of working with people of all ages who require assistance with foot care.
  • Possess good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Work well independently or as a member of a team.
  • Have strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Are dedicated patient advocates.

Your Career

Foot care nurses may be self-employed or work as employees in nursing homes, retirement homes, community health centres, seniors' centres, nursing agencies, physicians' offices, hospitals and rehabilitation centres.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD)
Program Eligibility

Proof of current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse.

Students are required to complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment Form and/or an Immunization Form (students will be required to have a seasonal flu vaccination). A Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector must be completed and on file prior to going into any clinical setting.

Proof of current CPR level "C" is required to proceed to any clinical setting. Students must complete an application form and present it to the Coordinator during the first class of "Introduction to Nursing Foot Care", the application form can be obtained from and returned to:

Foot Care Program Admission Officer
Faculty of Health, Public Safety and Community Studies
Algonquin College
C230-1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-4723 ext. 7776.

Police Records Check Documentation

Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Foot Care for Nurses program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you do not complete a PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in any clinical you will not be able to graduate.

Clinical Placement Eligibility

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Chair.

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD), OR
  • Current College of Nurses of Ontario registration.
Program Eligibility
  • Proof of current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario as a Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse.
  • Students are required to complete an Algonquin College Health Assessment Form and/or an Immunization Form (students will be required to have a seasonal flu vaccination).
  • A Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector must be completed and on file prior to going into any clinical setting.
  • Proof of current CPR level "C" is required to proceed to any clinical setting.

Students must complete an application form and present it to the Coordinator during the first class of "Introduction to Nursing Foot Care", the application form can be obtained from and returned to:

Foot Care Program Admission Officer,
Faculty of Health, Public Safety and Community Studies,
Algonquin College,
C230-1385 Woodroffe Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8.
Telephone: 613-727-4723 ext. 7776.

POLICE RECORDS CHECK DOCUMENTATION

Successful completion of clinical placement is a requirement for graduation from the Foot Care for Nurses program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you do not complete a PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in any clinical you will not be able to graduate.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of a clear PRCSVS, which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Chair.

Notes

Thank you for your interest in Algonquin College and the foot care for nurses program. This program is on hold indefinitely. We know of no other foot care programs running in the area except for what is on the Canadian Association of Foot Care Nurses website.
Thank you again for your interest in Algonquin College.

  • Students must successfully complete NSG6782 (Introduction to Foot Care) prior to registering for other courses in the Foot Care for Nurses program.
  • Specialty Nursing programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes.
  • Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities.
  • Upon registration, each part-time student is provided an Algonquin email account, ITS username and password, which is used to communicate important information about program or course events. Please activate before the first class and bring a laptop to all classes and labs.

Specialty Nursing programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each part-time student is provided an Algonquin email account, ITS username and password, which is used to communicate important information about program or course events. Please activate before the first class and bring a laptop to all classes and labs.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Mary Jane Burrows at burrowm@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 5085.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
NSG678238.0Introduction to Nursing Foot Care

NSG6782 Introduction to Nursing Foot Care

Students learn in a classroom setting, common foot care terminology. They develop an introductory knowledge of foot care problems, their etiology and pathology and combine this knowledge with basic treatments and preventative measures. Newly acquired knowledge and skills are utilized in a lab setting and also in a retirement home setting.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG678030.0Nursing Foot Care for the Complex Client

NSG6780 Nursing Foot Care for the Complex Client

Students explore in a classroom setting the specialized needs of the complex client. Students also explore the development and implementation of care maps reflecting the complexity of clients with multiple disease processes, such as diabetes, dementia, Parkinson's disease and how our care for their feet is impacted. Newly acquired practical skills and knowledge utilized in the assessment and treatment of complex foot pathologies including wound care and compression therapy are practised in a lab setting at the College. Newly acquired knowledge and skills are utilized in a retirement home setting.

Pre-requisites: NSG6782

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG678430.0Advanced Skills and Techniques for Nursing Foot Care

NSG6784 Advanced Skills and Techniques for Nursing Foot Care

Students develop in a classroom setting advanced skills required to treat and care for the common pathologies of the feet. Students learn to select and use padding and strapping, ways to alleviate the pain and retrain an involuted nail, techniques and knowledge needed to use the scalpel within the scope of the foot care nurse, when and how to use a rotary tool and Swedish massage techniques. Opportunities to utilize newly acquired knowledge and skills are provided in the lab setting. Newly acquired knowledge and skills are utilized in a retirement home setting.

Pre-requisites: NSG6782

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG678730.0Networking in Nursing Foot Care

NSG6787 Networking in Nursing Foot Care

Students interact with health professionals with a knowledge of foot health. They learn the roles of these health professionals, skills for working in a multi-disciplinary team and how to make appropriate referrals.

Pre-requisites: NSG6782

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

NSG678330.0Managing Your Nursing Foot Care PracticeOn Campus
NSG678840.0Nursing Foot Care ConsolidationOn Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NSG6782 Introduction to Nursing Foot Care

Students learn in a classroom setting, common foot care terminology. They develop an introductory knowledge of foot care problems, their etiology and pathology and combine this knowledge with basic treatments and preventative measures. Newly acquired knowledge and skills are utilized in a lab setting and also in a retirement home setting.

NSG6780 Nursing Foot Care for the Complex Client

Students explore in a classroom setting the specialized needs of the complex client. Students also explore the development and implementation of care maps reflecting the complexity of clients with multiple disease processes, such as diabetes, dementia, Parkinson's disease and how our care for their feet is impacted. Newly acquired practical skills and knowledge utilized in the assessment and treatment of complex foot pathologies including wound care and compression therapy are practised in a lab setting at the College. Newly acquired knowledge and skills are utilized in a retirement home setting.

Pre-requisites: NSG6782

NSG6784 Advanced Skills and Techniques for Nursing Foot Care

Students develop in a classroom setting advanced skills required to treat and care for the common pathologies of the feet. Students learn to select and use padding and strapping, ways to alleviate the pain and retrain an involuted nail, techniques and knowledge needed to use the scalpel within the scope of the foot care nurse, when and how to use a rotary tool and Swedish massage techniques. Opportunities to utilize newly acquired knowledge and skills are provided in the lab setting. Newly acquired knowledge and skills are utilized in a retirement home setting.

Pre-requisites: NSG6782

NSG6787 Networking in Nursing Foot Care

Students interact with health professionals with a knowledge of foot health. They learn the roles of these health professionals, skills for working in a multi-disciplinary team and how to make appropriate referrals.

Pre-requisites: NSG6782

NSG6783 Managing Your Nursing Foot Care Practice

Students learn business-related knowledge and skills. They gain a basic foundation in key business functions, as well as the communication, planning, teamwork, and analytical skills necessary for establishing and managing nursing foot care programs.

Pre-requisites: NSG6782

NSG6788 Nursing Foot Care Consolidation

Students work in a clinical setting with a foot care nurse. They work independently and within a multi-disciplinary team to assess, plan, implement and evaluate nursing foot care for a variety of clients.

Pre-requisites: NSG6780 and NSG6782 and NSG6783 and NSG6784 and NSG6787