Advanced Wound Care Certificate

Program Overview

The Advanced Wound Care Certificate  builds upon the Wound Care Certificate OR Wound Care in Remote Settings Certificate. Learn how to treat and manage complex wounds by advancing your basic wound care knowledge

The Advanced Wound Care Certificate provides an in-depth look at treating various types of wounds, by exploring the entire trajectory of wound care from underlying cause of wounds to complications and treatments.

You will learn about current research on wound etiology and management practices, as well as state of the science tools and management approaches to various wounds.

The Advanced Wound Care Certificate  is designed to be highly practical and applicable to current clinical settings. The program will be delivered In-Person or through interactive webcasts that combine lectures with participatory exercises. Exercises will include real-world case examples from the instructor and participants.

Provide your own photos and case studies in advance to be used for group discussion at the discretion of the instructor.

Click HERE and watch the video where  Dr. Rosemary Kohr, Program Director  explains more about the Advanced Wound Care program (incl. prerequisites)

PLEASE NOTE: We kindly ask you to review the program prerequisites before you register to the Advanced Wound Care Certificate 

How You Will Benefit:

  • The interactive sessions are geared specifically for professional adult learners through real-world case studies and discussions. You will have the opportunity to engage in high-level discussion with your professional peers.
  • Participants are encouraged to submit their own real-world case examples and photos for discussion, to be used at the discretion of the instructor.
  • The Program expands upon basic knowledge of wound care to offer a comprehensive look at wound care management including barriers and facilitators to treating various types wounds, such as complex wounds and cancer-related wounds.
  • The program will empower you to help patients and their caregivers better understand the trajectory of wound care.

What You Will Learn:

  • Understand the underlying cause of various types of wounds
  • Identify, assess, and treat wound infections, and manage patient education
  • Heal skin tears and complex wounds
  • Select the right wound dressing

Who Should Take This Program:

The Advanced Wound Care Certificate is designed for nurses and other health professionals who have either taken the Fundamentals of Wound Care Certificate  offered through HLLN at York University, or have a working knowledge of /clinical experience in wound care.


Knowledge and/or clinical experience with chronic wound care in any healthcare setting. Participants should be familiar with the basic wound types (causes, assessment and treatment) and basic dressing types.

It is required that you take the Wound Care Certificate prior to this program, or be approved by the Program Director based on prerequisite knowledge. 

If you would like to take the program but are unsure if you meet requirements, contact us for more information at 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or

Program Content

The program will cover topics such as:

  • The underlying causes of various types of wounds
  • Social determinants of health in wound care and barriers that impact wound healing
  • Infections that affect wound healing
  • Strategies to help patients and their caregivers understand the trajectory of wound infection from contamination to infection
  • Application of the National Pressure Ulcer Association review and the new Skin Tear Assessment/Management tool
  • Current research on wound etiology, management practices, and infection, and dressings
  • New technologies and management approaches to various wound types, such as complex wounds and cancer-related wounds etc.
  • Wound dressing selection of generic vs. name-brand dressing
  • Real-world case examples from instructor and participants


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

Tertiary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Profile photo of Rosemary Kohr in circle frame

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) program 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

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.

Financial Aid - 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.

RPNAO and RNAO's Nursing Education Initiative (NEI)

Funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners currently registered to practice in Ontario can apply to access a maximum of $1,500 in grants per year for clinical and specialty professional development.


Applications are to be submitted to the RPNAO. For more information, please visit the RPNAO webpage on the NEI. To navigate the information on NEI, its application process, and FAQ, click on the navigation bar (top of page) "Practice & Education > Nursing Education Initiative" for options.

RNs & NPs

You do not need to be an RNAO member to register for a free account on myRNAO which is needed to access and complete the application. Complete application packages must be received by the RNAO within 90 days of the program's final class. The application requires supporting documents including receipts or a proof of completion.

Please visit the NEI website for more details on the application process, eligibility, and grant calculation method.

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 the website here.

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