Wound Care Certificate

Certificate Overview

Practical Wound Care for Nurses and Health Professionals

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

"The Wound Care course was an immense success. Feedback from my staff was unanimous that it was ‘the best course 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 course is to educate health professionals working in wound care to be knowledgeable, skilled and clinically prepared to assist individuals with chronic wounds

What You Will Learn:

Over the course of four (4) consecutive full days of in-class work, you will learn to identify wound etiology and dressings/treatments appropriate for healing and non-healing wounds

  • On completion of this course, you will have practical, clinically relevant knowledge to confidently care for patients, clients and/or residents who are at risk of developing, or have chronic wounds
  • Case-based in clinical reality, and focusing on specific types of wound etiologies, students will learn assessment, treatment options including dressings and other modalities will be covered. Links to video as well as frequent practice examples, using clinical reasoning and documentation skills are used

Who Should Take This Course:

  • 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. The underlying objective is patient centred care.

Day 1

  • Course objectives and personal objectives
  • Practice level assessment of knowledge
  • Why does skin breakdown – prevention
    • Examples and case discussion (small groups)
  • Skin and the healing cascade
    • Examples and discussion
  • Skin tears
    • Examples and discussion/dressing/treatment options
  • Pressure injury: prevention/management
    • Examples and discussion

Day 2

  • Learning recap and “self-test”
  • Pressure injury (continued)
    • Examples/dressing/treatment options/prevention strategy
  • Infection – introduction
  • Infection – Case Examples/discussion
  • The basics of changing a dressing – irrigation, cleansing, applying the dressing, etc)
  • Recap and prep for Day 3

Day 3

  • Learning recap and “self-test”
  • Impact of Chronic Disease: Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Obesity, and others
  • Case examples/discussion
  • Venous leg ulcers: management/compression
  • Diabetic wounds (with case study)
  • Arterial wounds, pilonidal, and others

Day 4

  • Learning recap and “self-test”
  • Absorption, bacteria, crust and dry wounds (the ABCD's of wound care)
    • Case examples and practice, and small group discussion
  • Putting it all together – Patient centered and ready for practice
  • Practice: Wound Simulation: class discussion
  • In-class final test
  • Wrap-up
  • Course evaluation

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 a four-day 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 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; teaches in the graduate program, Centre of Nursing and Health Studies at Athabasca University; and developed (in collaboration with Dr. Lori Teeple, MD) the Advanced Wound Life Saving (AWLS) 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 a registered nurse in both Ontario and New Brunswick.

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 "Wound Care Rounds" through the Ontario Telemedicine Network. She is the Canadian editor/author of the chapter on Skin and Wound Management in the past 3 editions of 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 other international journals. She has a keen interest in Seniors' healthy aging, pain management, in the dynamics of relationships, especially 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 her company, Kohr Consulting (www.kohrconsulting.com) 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 a Program Director with York University Health Leadership and Learning Network, and has developed and taught workshops through HLLN for over 4 years.

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 course, you will earn a certificate of completion.

Failure to attend the course dates and/or achieve the learning objectives as determined by the instructor can result in you not earning the certificate of completion. Refunds are not applicable in this case.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the Wound Care Certificate.
See the Sponsorship Outline for more details or Contact Us at 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or xerri@yorku.ca


Accommodation Information

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

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

or E-mail: reservations@schulich.yorku.ca

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 course'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.