Skin and Wound Care Basics Certificate for Personal Support Workers (PSWs)

Certificate Overview

Upgrade your wound care knowledge to identify any potential or on-going problems related to an individual’s skin/wound care.

How You Will Benefit:

As a personal support worker, you are at the front line of care for individuals who require assistance in managing activities of daily living, such as getting up, going to bed, etc. These individuals are often receiving other care from nurses or other healthcare professionals for management of chronic wounds, medications and other treatments.

As you may be the first healthcare provider to see an individual’s skin breakdown or changes in eating, wound care knowledge is extremely valuable to your role. PSWs are often also required to maintain dressings being used for chronic wound care. You are in a position to provide important information for RN/RPN staff in early identification of any potential or on-going problems related to an individual’s skin/wound care.

This program will provide PSWs with basic knowledge of the causes of skin breakdown and prevention/treatment approaches; as well as an understanding of the different types of dressings used to treat chronic wounds.

What You Will Learn:

By the end of the program, you will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of healthy vs impaired skin integrity, particularly in the elderly or medically compromised individual.
  • Be able to identify the ‘warning signs” of skin breakdown and strategies to prevent skin breakdown.
  • Understand the key dressing types and how/when they should be used/changed.
  • Review the importance of documentation and communication with other members of the healthcare team.
  • Engage in opportunities to share/learn from others in a safe, respectful environment.

Who Should Take This Program:

  • Front-line Personal Support Worker in Long Term Care
  • Assisted Living, Homecare or Acute Care settings.

PLEASE NOTE; This program has been designed for Personal Support Workers and only provides a basic overview of wound care. 

Entry Requirements:

  • Programs at the Health Leadership & Learning Network (HLLN) are offered in English. To register in our programs, it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the language requirements. You may be asked to demonstrate language proficiency. Click on the link to learn more: English Language Requirements

Please note: International students who meet program entry requirements are  welcome to take this program.  Please note all programs have been designed according to Canadian standards.

Program Content

The program is interactive with opportunity for hands-on practice with different products related to skin/wound care. Individual work-books are provided with material from the program.

The program will cover topics such as:

Session 1
  • Overview of Skin function & skin health
  •  Risk and Prevention of skin breakdown (focus on elderly)
Session 2
  • Dealing with: Skin Tears and Pressure Injury/Ulcers (Bedsores) and other Chronic wounds (diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers, etc)
Session 3
  • Types of dressings/use
  •  Documentation and communication re: skin/wound care
  • Self-assessment/wrap up


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

Tertiary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

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Dr. Rosemary Kohr, PhD, RN,

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; taught in the graduate program, Centre of Nursing and Health Studies at Athabasca University for over a decade; and developed (in collaboration with Dr. Lori Teeple, MD) the Advanced Wound Life Saving (AWLS) accredited 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 currently a Registered Nurse in Ontario,  and a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO).

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 clinical "Wound Care Rounds" through the Ontario Telemedicine Network. She is the Canadian editor/author of the chapter on Skin and Wound Management in 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 in international journals. She has a keen interest in Seniors' healthy aging, First Nations/indigenous healthcare, mental health, pain management, the dynamics of relationships and 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 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 the Program Director, Wound Care Institute and Program Director, Patient and Peer Health Navigator Certificate program with York University Health Leadership and Learning Network (HLLN), and has developed and taught workshops through HLLN for over 5 years.

She can be reached at

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion 

Certificates of completion are issued approximately three to four weeks after the end of the program, as long as you have :

  • Attended all sessions
  • Completed and passed all assignments and assessments, as they may be assigned during the program

Please note, you must complete and submit your assignments and assessments before the program end date.

For more information, please review our Program Policies & Disclaimer.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Wound Care Certificate.

See the Sponsorship Outline for more details contact us at 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or


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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