University of Southern Indiana

Wound Management Certificate Program

The ever-changing field of health care continually affords new opportunities for clinical practice, expanding to include inpatient and outpatient wound management. The incidence of chronic wounds in the United States is approximately 5 million per year, comprising primarily older adults. The incidence of wound development is increased in the elderly while the healing process is decreased. Wound management has become an area of concern for health care providers as they seek to create solutions to problems associated with this care. Effective wound management requires appropriate diagnosis and treatment by prepared wound care providers. Comprehension of normal skin structure, injury and the wound healing process is important for implementing interventions that promote optimal wound care. The need for knowledgeable wound care providers has never been greater.

The incidence of chronic wounds in the United States is approximately five million per year, primarily comprised of older adults. The incidence of wound development increases while the healing process decreases with age. Effective wound management requires appropriate diagnoses and treatment by prepared wound care providers. Comprehension of normal skin structure, injury and the wound healing process is important for implementing interventions that promote optimal wound care. The need for knowledgeable wound care providers has never been greater.

Description of Program
This interactive Certificate Program is a six week, 48 hour continuing education program for nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and physical therapists, and other health care professionals. The focus of the program is on assessment and management of a variety of wounds. Assessment includes identification of wound type and is the basis for planning and implementing effective wound management.

The program consists of six modules. Each module contains reading assignments, an instructor outline, audio visual presentations, interactive learning components, study guide questions, and a comprehensive exam. Learners interact with faculty who are expert in the area of wound management. A certificate of completion will be mailed approximately 30 days following completion of the course assignments, a comprehensive exam and a course evaluation. The course has been reviewed by local and national experts.

Who Should Enroll in this Program
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, physicians, and other health care providers who have responsibility for assessment and treatment of patients requiring wound management.

Program Curriculum
Instruction will include the following content:

  • Anatomy and physiology of the skin
  • Pathology of wounds, wound assessment and principles of wound management
  • Wound care measures and adjuvant therapies
  • Pathophysiology of a variety of wounds
  • Patient education

Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully implement current therapeutic guidelines and best practices to a patient requiring wound care.  At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system.
  2. Discuss wound pathology and the wound healing process.
  3. Discuss the principles of management for a variety of wounds and appropriate measures of care for each. 
  4. Formulate effective education for patients requiring wound management.

Course Schedule
This 6 week course is offered two times a year.

Offerings dates for 2014: September 22 (registration deadline September 5). 

Offering dates for 2015: February 2 (registration deadline January 19), September 21 (registration deadline September 7).

For more schedule information call 1-877-USI-HLTH (1-877-874-4584) or 812-461-5217.

Instruction Methods
A combination of delivery methods are used to facilitate learner and faculty communication including:

Internet via Blackboard
Provides on-line instructor-prepared materials and course assignments. Internet resources are used as an integral part of the instruction.

Computer Conferencing
Allows learners to interact with faculty and other course participants.

Email
Allows learners to freely interact on an individual or group level with other learners and faculty.

Telephone Consultation
Faculty will be available by telephone to assist learners.

Text
The textbook for the course is: Wound Care: A Collaborative Practice Manual for Health Professionals (3rd edition, copyright 2007) by Carrie Sussman. ISBN 10-(0-7817-7444-6)

We suggest you order your textbook as soon as possible in order to receive it by the start of the course. Your registration confirmation e-mail will give details regarding textbook purchase. The cost of the textbook is not included in the cost of the program.

Faculty
Connie Swenty, RN, DNP, CWOCN

Content Delivery
The program has six modules. Each module includes reading assignments, study questions, case studies, and test questions. Learners interact with practitioners and faculty who are expert in the area of wound management. A comprehensive examination will be administered at the end of the six-week program.

Why Enroll in an Interactive Internet Program?
The convenience of on-line instruction allows the participant to "attend" class at any hour or day of the week during the 6 week period. Participants will learn from experts in the area of wound management and have the opportunity to network with other course participants from across the country. Online instruction provides an opportunity for personal interaction with course faculty while providing the comfort of learning in your own home or office.

Continuing Education Credits
A Continuing Education Certificate will be awarded following successful completion of study guide questions, an online comprehensive examination (with a passing score of 70% or higher), and submission of a course evaluation. Certificates will be mailed approximately 30 days after the completion of the course.

Nurses will receive 48 hours.

Accreditation
Ancc ProviderUniversity of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

This activity is an enduring program which is reveiwed annually in December, or as guidelines and recomendations are released.

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.  California nurses will receive 48 hours.

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