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Wound Management Fundamentals Course at UW Continuing Nursing Education.


A Hybrid Course with Hands-On Experience

This 30.0 contact hour course prepares healthcare professionals to practice evidence-based wound management with expanded skills and knowledge. Content is based on national wound management guidelines for a broad range of wounds. Start with the instructor-led online coursework and then attend the in-person workshop at your agency or in Seattle. WMFC is one of the few wound management courses that offers hands-on experience.

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Who Would Benefit from this Course

Health care professionals in all settings, including wound care team members, treatment nurses, staff nurses and nurse managers in acute care, long term care, ambulatory care and community-based settings.


What students say about this course...

"As a result of this class, my standard of care has been raised and I am a more proactive nurse. My assessments are more thorough, my care plans are more detailed, and I am a more confident nurse when it comes to wound care."

"Knowing the principles for maintaining a physiological local wound environment helped me provide patients with the wound care they needed and provide my co-worker with knowledge to use for future wound encounters."

"This was great! I learned so much and feel much more confident when it comes to wounds and treatment options for patients. Thank you!"


Course Format

The course is presented in two parts:

  • Six Weeks Online Learning: The online phase of the course is taken independently and establishes a baseline level of knowledge for each participant. All assignments are completed and submitted online and can be accessed 24/7. 
  • Hands-on Workshop: Following the online phase, participants attend a workshop that includes additional lectures, demonstrations and hands-on skill development. Individual registrants attend the workshop, offered once a year in early December in Seattle region. Registrants employed by a co-sponsoring agency attend the workshop at their agency location and on the dates designated by the Agency Coordinator.


Course Objectives for Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the basic structure and function of the skin.
  2. Identify changes in the integumentary system over the life span.
  3. Describe effective techniques for preventing skin damage.
  4. Describe the normal stages of wound healing.
  5. Describe the impact of comorbidities on wound development and closure.
  6. Identify systemic factors, such as nutrition, perfusion and pathology that influence healing outcomes.
  7. Assess and measure wounds including venous, arterial, diabetic/neuropathic, pressure ulcers.
  8. Describe wound product categories.
  9. Demonstrate competencies in pressure ulcer staging, ankle brachial index (ABI) measurement, Semmes-Weinstein monofilament testing, application of selected compression wraps and documentation.


Course Instructor

  • Renee Anderson, MSN, RN, CWON
    Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse; Director, Wound Management Education Program (WMEP); Chairperson, Wound Management Fundamentals Course (WMFC), Continuing Nursing Education, University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle; President, Rainier Clinical Consultants, Inc, Seattle, WA


How to Register

Individual Registrant: Fall Course
If you are not associated with an agency, you can take the fall course and then attend the workshop in the Seattle region. The fee for an individual registrant is $695.

Agency Cohort Registrant: Fall or Spring Course
If you are employed by a co-sponsoring agency, you can take either the Fall or Spring course and attend the workshop as designated by your agency. Fees vary, as agency discounts are available. You will attend the workshop at your workplace via a webinar and receive hands-on instruction from an agency-designated wound care specialist. Before registering as an employee of a co-sponsoring agency, be sure to contact your designated Agency Coordinator (listed below) for instructions. 

Co-Sponsoring Agencies and Agency Coordinators

Co-Sponsoring Agencies and Agency Coordinators

Cohort Sign-Up Discount: Can my agency be added to this list?

How to become a Co-Sponsor


AC Coordinator Portal button at UW Continuing Nursing Education.


Agency Coordinator Portal
(access restricted to ACs and AIs)



For more information, contact Patty Morrison at 206-543-7967 or pdmor@uw.edu
For questions regarding registration, contact Hamida Moly at 206-221-2406 or hmoly@uw.edu
Hands-On Workshop

After completing 6 weeks of online coursework, participants practice with compression wrapping at the Wound Management Fundamentals Workshop.

Participants from VA Puget Sound Health Care System.
Welcome to our new cosponsor!

This fall, participants from VA Puget Sound Health Care System joined the course. They completed their online coursework and then practiced wound management skills at their two-day agency workshop.

Welcome, VAPSHCS!

The 2017 class from VAPSHCS.
ABI Skills

Participants at the two-day Wound Management Fundamentals Workshop learn valuable assessment skills, such as ABI.

ABI skills at the UW Wound Management Fundamentals Workshop.