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Register for Wound Management Certification Prep.



Course Description

This 132 contact hour program addresses a broad range of wounds (venous, arterial, neuropathic and pressure injuries), 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. This program is accredited by the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) and is also a fully accredited University of Washington graduate course. Successful graduates of this program are eligible to take the WOCNCB exam for certification as a wound care nurse (CWCN) and earn six (6) graduate quarter credits.


What students say about this course...

"A big draw for me was having clinical built into the program. The instructors were super flexible and it was clear that everyone wanted the students to succeed."

"The practical portion was huge. You simply don't get this with other programs, and the preceptors were all amazing in my rotations. Also the lecture portions are accessible and reasonable in terms of workload for people with full time lives."


Why Become WOCNCB Certified

WOCNCB® is the Gold Standard for Certification because eligibility for certification requires rigorous educational activity, continuing education, documented patient contact hours, and an exam that is psychometrically sound and legally defensible. WOCNCB certifications meet the accreditation standards of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC). WOCN Accredited Programs. Certification Resource: Wound Certification Comparison Chart


Who Would Benefit from this Course

This course is designed for registered nurses seeking advanced knowledge and skills in the management of chronic and complex wounds and who function well as independent learners.


Admission Qualifications

  • Baccalaureate degree.
  • Current US nursing license.
  • Evidence of one year of RN clinical experience within the past five years.


How to Apply

  1. Application fee is $95.
  2. Apply Online: Online Application or via U.S. Mail: PDF icon Application Form:  (PDF)
  3. Provide proof of licensure and training.
  4. Register and pay tuition if accepted into the program.
  5. Please register early. Space is limited.


Course Schedule

Two course sessions offered each year. 

  • Winter/Spring Session: Application due 1st Friday in December
    • February - March - Online course accessible 24/7
    • March - April - Onsite intensive (14 days) classroom lectures, hands-on training with pre-arranged clinical experience.
  • Summer/Fall Session: Application due in May
    • July- September - Online course accessible 24/7
    • September - Onsite intensive (14 days) classroom lectures, hands-on training with pre-arranged clinical experience.

2020 Course Details and Application Form: PDF icon WMEP 2020 Brochure (PDF) 


Objectives for Learning Outcomes

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

  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 evidence-based 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.


Class Format

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. 

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. 

Specialty Program Refund and Deferment policy


Clinical Experience

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. 



  • WOCN Program accreditation 
    This program is accredited by the Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) for 132 contact hours. 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 are 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.


Register for Wound Management Certification Prep.