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.
  • You have the opportunity to earn at the end of the program,  on successful completion of all mandatory requirements:

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:

  • Registered nurses and other registered 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.

Please note: Registered health professionals may be asked for proof of licencing

Entry Requirements:

  • 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.
    • 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:

  • Registered health professionals may be asked for proof of licencing
  • International students who meet program entry requirements are welcome to take this program. You must submit a copy of your license number from your home country (this will need to be in English and translated by a certified lawyer/institution). Please note all programs have been designed according to Canadian standards.

If you are unsure whether you meet the minimum requirements, please inquire 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,

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.

Nancy Giles-McIntosh-RN, MCIScWH, CNCC(C), IIWCC

Profile photo of Nancy Giles-McIntosh in circle frame

Nancy Giles-McIntosh completed her diploma in nursing in 1982 at St.Clair College in Windsor, Ontario where she was born and raised. She worked in Windsor from 1982-84 on an Orthopedic and Neurosurgical floor before moving to London in 1985 to pursue a career in critical care nursing. While working at London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in the Critical Care Trauma Centre (CCTC), a busy 30-bed unit, Nancy worked as a staff nurse before assuming a Charge Nurse position in 1991 until the end of September 2014. At that time, she worked part-time to complete the Master of Clinical Science in Wound Healing (MClScWH) at Western University after which she worked on the Skin Wound and Ostomy team at LHSC for a year before returning to bedside nursing in the CCTC. Nancy has been a certified Critical Care Nurse since 1995 and has furthered her wound care knowledge over the years by attending various workshops and conferences as well as doing an RNAO fellowship in wound care and completing the International Interdisciplinary Wound Care Course (IIWCC) in 2005. Nancy has taught staff members new to critical care in London as well as participated in the critical care skills fairs to help further wound care knowledge. She has also presented wound care topics at 3 national critical care conferences in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Nancy has often sought to better treat the various wounds seen in the critical care environment. This may be complex acute traumatic or surgical wounds or chronic wounds that already exist in a compromised and critically ill patient. She is a hands-on type of person and envisions better ways to treat wounds according to best practice guidelines in a fiscally responsible manner. Nancy enjoys being able to teach the physicians, nurses, and other members of the multidisciplinary team, the skills needed to deal with the various wounds they face whether in acute care, the community, or long-term care.

Nancy loves time with family up at her parents’ and in-laws’ cottages where she can take advantage of the peaceful surroundings and refreshing lakes. She enjoys golf and being outdoors and also loves to cook and focus on healthy eating which can be a challenge with a busy schedule! In her spare time, she sells Epicure Selections Products which promote healthy and delicious eating. Nancy has been a long-term volunteer at her local YMCA in the Heart Wellness program. At LHSC, she volunteered doing the IMPACT Program aimed at high school students where they learn first hand the consequences of high risk behaviour including impaired and distracted driving.

Karen Laforet - RN, MClSc-WH, CCHN(C), CVAA(c), VA-BC™, IIWCC

Portrait of Instructor Karen Laforet in a Circle Frame

Karen Laforet is a nurse leader with over 30 years of healthcare experience in critical care, home and community care, industry and academia. She was an Adjunct Associate Professor for the Master’s Clinical Science program, Western University for over seven years; was an instructor with Fanshawe College community health program; and developed the undergraduate wound care course for Cape Breton University. She is currently registered and on a committee with the College of Nurses’ of Ontario, is a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO), Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), Wounds Canada, International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP), Canadian Vascular Access Committee (CVAA), Association for Vascular Access (AVA), Infusion Nurses Society (INS), is serving on the National Coalition for IV Push Safety (NCIVPS) and is a member and on the editorial review committee for the Infusion Nurses Society (INS).

She has presented her work nationally and internationally and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals. She is the author of the chapter on “Introduction to infusion therapy” in Infusion Therapy made Incredibly Easy (Wolters Kluwer, US) and has been a committee member on a number of provincial, national and international best practice clinical guidelines. She has a deep commitment to improve patient safety and health outcomes through the application of evidence into practice for medication and infusion therapy, pain and symptom management, maintaining skin integrity, wound management best practices and advocating for improvements in health policy.

Karen has provided education, clinical, and legal consultation through LK Group Professional Consulting Group with a focus on community and long-term care sectors. In addition, she has held positions of Director of Clinical Services and Privacy Officer, Manager of Clinical Excellence-Nursing, Nurse Manager, and Clinical Educator. She is the former President and founding Board member for the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses (CACCN), former President of the Ontario Wound Interest Group (OntWIG), former Director at Large/Treasurer for the Canadian Association Vascular Access (CVAA), and is currently Director-at-Large for the Association for Vascular Access (AVA). Karen has developed and taught clinical programs with York University Health Leadership and Learning Network (HLLN), and has developed and taught workshops through HLLN for over 5 years.

Certificate/Digital Credential

Certificate of Completion & Digital Credentials

Certificates of completion and digital credentials 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.