The Wound Care Certificate

Certificate Overview

Practical Wound Care for Nurses and Health Professionals

This course is designed for all healthcare professionals who need to know how to identify, prevent, and manage chronic wounds.

The course will

  • Address Outcome Based Pathways and focus on Key Performance Indicators and Interval Achievement.
  • Develop your confidence level in evidence-informed, practice-based chronic wound prevention and management

Our goal for this course is to educate health professionals working in wound care to be knowledgeable, skilled and clinically prepared to assist individuals with chronic wounds

What you will learn

Over the course of four (4) consecutive full days of in-class work, you will learn to identify wound etiology and dressings/treatments appropriate for healing and non-healing wounds

  • On completion of this course, you will have practical, clinically relevant knowledge to confidently care for patients, clients and/or residents who are at risk of developing, or have chronic wounds
  • Case-based in clinical reality, and focusing on specific types of wound etiologies, students will learn assessment, treatment options including dressings and other modalities will be covered. Links to video as well as frequent practice examples, using clinical reasoning and documentation skills are used

Who would benefit from this Workshop?

  • Nurses and Health Care Professionals new to wound care or refreshing their knowledge

Program Content

The curriculum is presented in an interactive, practical and applied learning format. The underlying objective is patient centred care.

Day 1

  • Course objectives and personal objectives
  • Practice level assessment of knowledge
  • Why does skin breakdown – prevention
    • Examples and case discussion (small groups)
  • Skin and the healing cascade
    • Examples and discussion
  • Skin tears
    • Examples and discussion/dressing/treatment options
  • Pressure injury: prevention/management
    • Examples and discussion

Day 2

  • Learning recap and “self-test”
  • Pressure injury (continued)
    • Examples/dressing/treatment options/prevention strategy
  • Infection – introduction
  • Infection – Case Examples/discussion
  • The basics of changing a dressing – irrigation, cleansing, applying the dressing, etc)
  • Recap and prep for Day 3

Day 3

  • Learning recap and “self-test”
  • Impact of Chronic Disease: Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Obesity, and others
  • Case examples/discussion
  • Venous leg ulcers: management/compression
  • Diabetic wounds (with case study)
  • Arterial wounds, pilonidal, and others

Day 4

  • Learning recap and “self-test”
  • Absorption, bacteria, crust and dry wounds (the ABCD's of wound care)
    • Case examples and practice, and small group discussion
  • Putting it all together – Patient centered and ready for practice
  • Practice: Wound Simulation: class discussion
  • In-class final test
  • Wrap-up
  • Course evaluation

Certificate of completion issued following final in-class test of knowledge/practical application for evidence-informed chronic wound prevention and management. This certificate is not indicative of wound care specialty, but of completion of a four-day program with a focus on use of appropriate, evidence-informed treatment, including dressings; and prevention of skin breakdown.



Rosemary Kohr - BA, BScN, MScN, PhD, RN

Tertiary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Dr. Rosemary Kohr, PhD worked for nearly two decades as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and wound care specialist at the London Health Sciences Centre. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario; teaches in the graduate program, Centre of Nursing and Health Studies at Athabasca University; and developed (in collaboration with Dr. Lori Teeple, MD) the Advanced Wound Life Saving (AWLS) MainProC program for physicians. From 2015 to 2017, Dr. Kohr managed a research grant on Healthy Aging through the University of New Brunswick. She is a registered nurse in both Ontario and New Brunswick.

She has published and presented her work in international, national and local publications and conferences as well as providing educational and consultative support across Canada. For five years, she provided monthly "Wound Care Rounds" through the Ontario Telemedicine Network. She is the Canadian editor/author of the chapter on Skin and Wound Management in the past 3 editions of Fundamentals of Nursing (Potter & Perry Canadian Edition). Her work appears in Lives in the balance: Nurses' stories from the ICU, edited by Tilda Shalof (Kaplan Press, 2009), as well as other international journals. She has a keen interest in Seniors' healthy aging, pain management, in the dynamics of relationships, especially communication, and in the prevention and management of chronic wounds. Dissemination of information, knowledge transfer and uptake in the clinical environment using innovative approaches and electronic technology are fundamental to her work.

Dr. Kohr's clinical research includes evaluation of implementation of best practice guidelines, pain management, wound care and collaborative practice. She has received research grants as well as academic scholarships, and has collaborated on writing a number of successful government grant applications.

For over a decade, Dr. Kohr has provided education and consultation focused in the clinical reality of today’s healthcare environment,  through her company, Kohr Consulting ( She is the former President of the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAAPN), and a founding member of the Ontario Wound Interest Group (OntWIG). Dr. Kohr is a Program Director with York University Health Leadership and Learning Network, and has developed and taught workshops through HLLN for over 4 years.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Wound Care Certificate.
See the Sponsorship Outline for more details or Contact Us at 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or


Accommodation Information

Schulich Executive Residence on Campus

Price: $149.00 + HST per night (includes breakfast) (price subject to change)

• The Executive Learning Centre features:
• 60 executive style guest rooms on 12 floors each with a queen size bed
• Complimentary high speed internet access
• In room coffee/tea maker
• Wheelchair accessible

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Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be used to purchase training for your employees. York University/The Health Leadership & Learning Network is an eligible training provider and the grant can be applied to all of our offerings and for in-house training.
You can apply at any time. Employers can apply for one employee or for a large group of employees
If you are an employee or employer and would like more information visit:

Please note: Not all employers are eligible to apply, please consult the Canada-Ontario Job Grant website for more details.

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