Wound Care Certificate: Update for Chiropodists

Program Overview

This certificate program has been developed in partnership with the Ontario Society of Chiropodists for chiropodists to build their skill set of evidence-based and clinically-focused wound care practices.


The program provides clinicians, who work hands-on with clients, with up-to-date education on wound care that is relevant to their clinical setting—including assessment approaches, demonstration and practice with current products, and clinical case discussions/presentations.

How You Will Benefit:

The program is designed for working chiropodist who work directly with clients treating wounds. The program will use applied and adult learning principles including case-based studies focusing on clinical realities and specific types of wound etiologies. You will have the opportunity to work hands-on with various wound dressing products and explore clinical cases relevant to your workplace using photos and a template for assessment.

What You Will Learn:

  • Consolidate your understanding of the implications of the systems that impact on wound development and healing
  • Understand the rationale and gain confidence for appropriate wound dressing selection for all types of wounds
  • Improve approaches to support wound healing outcomes.

Who Should Take This Program:

  • Chiropodists who are looking for a refresher/review of current wound care practices, or those who would like to develop their wound care clinical skills.

Registration priority is given to members of the Ontario Society of Chiropodists. Please contact us if you are interested in attending the program but you are not a member.

Program Content

The three-day program is designed in association with the Ontario Society of Chiropodists for working chiropodists across various practice setting. The program is delivered using a convenient hybrid learning format:

  • Two in-person, classroom days on Friday & Saturday
  • Three 2-hour evening webcasts sessions from 7-9 PM

Program Modules:

Module Learning Outcomes
Day 1- in-person

  • Review of Fundamentals of Chronic wounds: Cause, Assessment and Treatment
  • Introduction to Wound Infections
  • Introduction/objectives (participants)
  • Skin & the healing cascade
  • Risk and effect of skin breakdown
    • Skin Tears
    • Pressure/ Decubitus Ulcers
  • Components of wound assessment and treatment (the ABCs of wound care)
  • Wound infection
  • Evidence-informed product selection
Day 2 – in-person

  • Wound Infections
  • Impact of Chronic Disease on Wound development
  • Lower Limb Chronic Wounds: Assessment, Treatment, Prevention
  • Wound infection
  • Impact of Chronic Disease: Diabetes, CHF, PVD, Obesity, etc.
  • Diabetic wounds/case studies
  • Venous leg ulcers/case studies
  • Arterial wounds/case studies
  • Evidence-informed product selection
  • Self-reflection about learning objectives
  • Submit cases that may be used for discussion
Webcasts Sessions (Three 2-hour webcasts)

Wound dressing selection and case examples

  • Focus on assessment, treatment and evaluation of chronic wounds
  • 2 case discussions per webinar (participants are encouraged to send and prepare to present a wound case)
  • Patient issues and educational needs
  • Community of Practice and Resources
  • Wrap-up


The program uses a professional development format and is non-degree and non-credit. Participants who complete this program will receive a certificate of completion from York University.

  • Continuing education accreditation from the College of Chiropodists of Ontario. This program is expected to fulfill the required 20 Category A credit hours for the two-year cycle of the quality assurance continuing education program.


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

Tertiary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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Dr. Rosemary Kohr, PhD, RN, is the Program Director (Wound Care and Patient Navigation programs), Health Leadership and Learning Network (HLLN), York University; Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Western University; and Instructor in the Masters of Health Sciences/Nursing, Athabasca University.

For nearly 2 decades, Dr. Kohr was an Advanced Practice Nurse/ Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and wound care specialist at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC). Subsequently, she was the Corporate Program Lead for Wound Ostomy Continence with Saint Elizabeth Healthcare, prior to focusing her attention on teaching and consultation.

Dr. Kohr has a keen interest in improving care delivery across the continuum. Hands-on, clinically focused education for healthcare professionals is central to Dr. Kohr’s work. She has travelled across Canada to deliver courses for physicians and nurses; and for the past 5 years, through HLLN at York University, the wound care (Level 1 and 2) programs have provided participants with a simple, standardized approach to dressing selection and best practice in wound prevention and treatment.

With a background in Mental Health (APN, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, LHSC) as well as years working the patients and their families from acute care to community environments, she developed and currently facilitates the Patient Navigation program offered through HLLN at York University. As well, much of her work has been informed by her role as subject-matter expert/consultant for government projects in Nova Scotia, Ontario and British Columbia for system-wide wound care revisions as well as consulting on development and implementation of Patient Navigation systems in Ontario.

Dr. Kohr has worked with First Nations/indigenous health centres and clients, to improve patient outcomes. In 2015, she completed the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Certificate (Provincial Health Services Authority, British Columbia); and has created and delivered custom courses for First Nations healthcare providers.

Dr. Kohr is one of the founding members of the Ontario Wound Interest Group (ONTWIG). She was Co-Chair of the Seniors Health Knowledge Network group, developing the My Skin Health Passport for Older Adults. For six years, Dr. Kohr was on the Executive (including as President) of the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.

Dr. Kohr has presented at over 70 national and international healthcare conferences, and published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She is the author/editor of the Skin and Wound Chapter, Potter & Perry Canadian Edition of Fundamentals of Nursing, and the first Canadian Edition of Perry, Potter & Ostendorf Clinical Nursing Skills and Techniques. Dr. Kohr’s PhD thesis, Hearts, hands and minds: The nurse’s experience of changing a dressing, is available through the University of Alberta library e-holdings.

Dr. Kohr is a Registered Nurse, and member of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO).

She can be reached at kohrconsulting@gmail.com

Certificate of Completion

At the end of the program, you will earn a certificate of completion.

Certificates are issued on completion of all mandatory requirements ( please make sure to review all of them) approximately two weeks after the program.

Please note in order to receive a certificate of completion you must have attended the program dates and/or achieve the learning objectives of your program as determined by the instructor. For more information please review our Program Policies & Disclaimer.