Wound Care Certificate for Remote Settings

Certificate Overview

Practical Wound Care for Nurses and Health Professionals Working in Rural and Remote Settings

This fully online program has been designed for health care professionals who need to know how to identify, prevent, and manage chronic wounds, within rural and remote setting. This version of our popular Wound Care Certificate shares the same learning objectives but also focuses on specific issues and strategies related to rural and remote wound care management. Specific topics include lifestyle and compliance impacts on wound care, such as diabetes, and on treating wounds through home and community care. You will also learn to support self-care at home for clients and their families.

You Will Benefit:

  • Become knowledgeable, skilled and clinically prepared to assist individuals with chronic wounds at home and in community settings
  • Address Outcome Based Pathways and focus on Key Performance Indicators and Interval Achievement.
  • Receive free wound dressing samples to practice and develop your confidence level in evidence-informed chronic wound prevention and management
  • You have the opportunity to earn at the end of the program,  on successful completion of all mandatory requirements:

The program uses case examples based in clinical reality and focuses on specific types of wound etiologies common in rural and remote setting. 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
  • Identify and address specific issues and strategies related to rural/remote wound care management
  • Define and administer various treatment options including dressings and other modalities
  • Teaching and supporting clients and families in the self-management of chronic wounds

Entry Requirements:

  • Registered Nurses and Registered Health Care Professionals in rural and remote settings, including First Nations, who are new to wound care or refreshing their 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
  • For Registered Nurses and Registered Health Care Professionals working in urban settings  AND/OR internationally we may recommend to consider our Wound Care Certificate program instead

Program Content

The curriculum is presented in an interactive, practical and applied learning format. You 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
  • Skin health and tears
  • Wound healing process
  • Selecting and changing dressings
  • Impact of lifestyle and chronic diseases
  • Diabetic wounds (with case study)
  • Pressure Injuries, Assessment and Documentation
  • Venous leg ulcers: management/compression
  • Self-management of wound care
  • 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

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 (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 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 kohrconsulting@gmail.com

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.

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


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Price: $149.00 + HST per night (includes breakfast) (price subject to change)

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