Specialty Program 2019 | Wound Management Certification Prep | 19171 | Winter-Spring

February 6, 2019 to April 11, 2019

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Course Details and Classroom Entry

This comprehensive, intensive program addresses a broad range of wounds (venous, arterial, neuropathic and pressure ulcers), healing problems (wound infection, failure to heal), and components of specialized nursing practice (role development, collaboration, research utilization, providing in-service education). Central concepts guiding the content and practicum experiences are prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of the healing process. Exposure to and experience with therapies such as topical treatments, ABI and compression therapy and debridement are included. 

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Target audience

Registered nurses who seek advanced knowledge and skills in the management of chronic and complex wounds and who function well as independent learners.

Course schedule

LocationDate and Time
OnlineWed, February 6 - Tues, March 19, 2019

Mon, March 25, 2019 - Thurs, April 11, 2019 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm*)

*Ending times vary. A detailed course schedule is provided for enrolled students with exact end times for each day.


Objectives for learning outcomes

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to apply:

  1. Relate impairments in wound healing to normal physiologic response to tissue injury.
  2. Apply assessment techniques to wounds in different stages of healing.
  3. Assess systemic factors (nutrition, perfusion, pathology) that influence healing outcomes.
  4. Select therapeutic options that correct systemic alterations and support healing using an evidencebased approach.
  5. Select appropriate topical therapies based on research findings and evaluation of the patient.
  6. Implement appropriate therapeutic strategies for complex wound healing problems.
  7. Demonstrate specific competencies in delivering wound care, including: debridement, cultures, ABI measurement, compression wrapping and documentation.
  8. Individualize education for patients, family members and health care providers about prevention and treatment of wounds using adult learning principles.
  9. Explore opportunities for role development, collaborative practice and professional leadership in wound care.
  10. Discuss legal, ethical and cultural implications related to expanded practice in wound care.

Course format and details

The program begins with six weeks of online learning activities to be completed prior to attending class in Seattle. Students should be prepared to spend 10-12 hours per week on course activities, reading assignments and quizzes during the online phase. Course faculty is available to support student learning. Following the online phase, students attend 14 weekdays (3 weeks, Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm) of intensive classwork in Seattle with additional lectures, reading assignments, projects, clinical experiences and testing. 

An important aspect of the program is the pairing of students with preceptors who are certified in wound care. Preceptors guide students in gaining knowledge and expertise in the role of the certified wound care nurse in various health care settings (acute care, long term care, home health, outpatient clinics). Five precepted clinical days and selected clinical observations are arranged for all participants during the onsite component of the course. 

Course requirements and evaluation procedures: 
In addition to the six (6) weeks of online learning and all scheduled classroom and clinical sessions, students are expected to complete assigned readings, exams, projects, professional enrichment activities and course evaluations. Students are graded on projects and tests. Clinical performance is evaluated as credit/no credit based on input from clinical preceptors. Completion of the program is contingent upon satisfactory performance of the online, classroom and clinical components. 

WOCN Program accreditation 
This program is accredited by the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN). Students who successfully complete this program are eligible to take the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board exam for certification as a wound care nurse (CWCN). 

University quarter credits
Registrants will be enrolled in Nursing 540, Topics in Nursing, a fully accredited University of Washington graduate course and earn 6 graduate quarter credits. Separate application to the university is not required.

Additional information

Application Deadline: June 8, 2018.

Please apply early.


Additional Information

Hybrid Program
Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 132.00 Contact hours
Event starts: 
02/06/2019 - 12:00am
Event ends: 
04/11/2019 - 5:00pm
UW Tower
4333 Brooklyn Ave NE
22nd Floor
Seattle 98105
United States

Available Credit

  • 132.00 Contact hours

Activity Availability



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