Wound Care Certificate

Certificate Overview

Practical Wound Care for Nurses and Health Professionals

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

"The Wound Care Certificate was an immense success. Feedback from my staff was unanimous that it was ‘the best program, I’ve ever taken on wounds’"
- Cindy Bourgault, Manager of Clinical Practice, Niagara Region (in-house client)

How You Will Benefit:

  • 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 program is to educate health professionals working in wound care to be knowledgeable, skilled and clinically prepared to assist individuals with chronic wounds. The program uses case examples based in clinical reality, and focuses on specific types of wound etiologies. You will learn about wound assessments, treatment options including dressings and other modalities. Links to video as well as frequent practice examples, using clinical reasoning and documentation skills are used.

What You Will Learn:

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

  • Identify wound etiology and dressings/treatments appropriate for healing and non-healing wounds
  • Apply wound care knowledge to confidently care for patients, clients and/or residents who are at risk of developing, or have chronic wounds
  • Define and administer various treatment options including dressings and other modalities

Who Should Take This Program:

  • 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. TYou will engage in case examples and discussions with your peers, and you will receive dressing samples to participate in demonstrations with the instructor.

The underlying objective of the program is to quality improvement and patient-centred care. The program will cover topics such as:

  • Program objectives and personal objectives
  • Practice level assessment of knowledge
  • Why does skin breakdown – prevention
  • Skin and the healing cascade
  • Skin tears
  • Pressure injuries
  • Infection
  • Changing dressings
  • Impact of Chronic Disease: Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Obesity, and others
  • Venous leg ulcers: management/compression
  • Diabetic wounds (with case study)
  • Arterial wounds, pilonidal, and others
  • Putting it all together – Ready for practice

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 the 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
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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 forWound 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 kohrconsulting@gmail.com

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

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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.


2015- Harvey F. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship for Continuing Education in the Masters of Clinical Science in Wound Healing (2015)

2009- Recipient of B. Braun Mentorship Award-Awarded for work done in critical care related to wound care

2009- Nora Lee Graham Award-Awarded to front line staff working in a leadership position to assist furthering education

2006-Nursing Professional Development Award-Clinical Interest-Awarded to assist with furthering wound care education

2005-Emily Sorensen Memorial Award sponsored by Coloplast Canada-Awarded to complete studies in the International Wound Care Course at the University of Toronto

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.

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 hlln@yorku.ca


Schulich Executive Hotel 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

Call Reservations (416)-650-8300 book on-line: www.elc.schulich.yorku.ca

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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.