Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS for Foot Care Exam
Initial (first-time) candidates must:Foot and Nail

  1. Have a current RN License
  2. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) - all Baccalaureate degrees applicable
  3. Complete BOTH of the following:
    1. Accumulate a minimum of 24 CE/CME credits (contact hours) specific to foot care. Please note: 8 of 24 CE/CME may be in basic skin and wound care. For a list of programs, click here
      and,
    2. Accumulate a minimum of 40 clinical hours under the direct supervision of an expert in foot care for example: Physician, Podiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or a CFCN®. The expert MUST HAVE experience relevant to foot care. Please note: 12 of the 40 clinical hours may be in basic skin and wound care under the direct supervision of a wound care expert. The wound care expert may include a CWCN®, CWCN-AP®, DPM or an MD specializing in wound care, a WTA-C does not qualify).
      • Both the CE/CME credits (contact hours) and clinical hours must be specific to foot care (with allowances for basic skin and wound care noted above) and must be completed within the previous 5 years from the date of the application while functioning as an RN.
      • Note: Candidates that do not currently hold the desired certification are considered an initial candidate, including candidates whose certification has lapsed. All candidates must take a certification exam to earn credentials initially. All who currently hold the certification at that time will maintain and be able to recertify their CFCN® credential as long as there is no lapse in certification. If credentials lapse, a Bachelor's degree will be required for establishing certification.

Note: Both the CE/CME credits (contact hours) and clinical hours must be specific to foot care (and basic skin and wound care as noted above) and must be completed within the previous 5 years from the date of the application while functioning as an RN with the Bachelor's Degree.

Full eligibility information is outlined in the Candidate Examination Handbook. The Candidate Handbook is a 46 page document.

 

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