University of Southern Indiana

Wound Management Program

Description of Program
The incidence of chronic wounds in the United States is approximately 5 million per year, often affecting those with chronic health conditions.  The incidence of wound development is increased in this population yet the healing process is compromised. Wound management has become an area of concern for health care providers as solutions are needed for optimal patient outcomes. Effective wound management requires appropriate diagnoses and treatment by prepared wound care providers. The program was designed utilizing the latest clinical guidelines and test plans for the certification examinations. 

Information about nursing certification examinations for CWOCN®, CWCN®, COCN®, CCCN®, or CWON® credential from the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) can be obtained at http://www.wocncb.org/become-certified/wound-ostomy-continence/

Information about certification examinations  (Wound, Diabetic Foot Ulcers, and Lymphedema Lower Extremity) available to LPN/LVN, RN, PT, PTA, OT, MD, DMP, DO, or PA from the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy Examinations can be obtained at http://www.nawccb.org/

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

Program Content
The content is divided into modules. Each module utilizes instructor outlines, audio/video recordings, reading assignments, articles, web resources, case studies to augment the learning process. These methods provide the participant with flexibility in completing assignments and interacting with the faculty.  Each module has accompanying study guide(s) with questions (such as multiple choice, essay) for participants to submit to faculty.  Interaction with faculty may occur as feedback to study guides, within discussion boards, or via email. The modules cover normal anatomy/physiology of the skin, phases of healing, patient assessment, wound staging, lower extremity wounds, pressure ulcers, miscellaneous wound, and adjunct therapies.   

A textbook is required for this program. Upon registration, you will receive detailed information to purchase the textbook.

Program Schedule
This eight-week activity is offered two times a year.  

2017 Dates
Start End
Jan. 30 March 24
Sept. 18 Nov. 10

Learning Outcome
The learning outcome of this activity is to enable the learner to successfully implement current therapeutic guidelines and best practices to a patient requiring wound care. 

Program Objectives
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. Compare and contrast differing dressing types for precautions and contraindications.
  5. Formulate effective education for patients requiring wound management.
  6. Create appropriate dressing/treatment plans for a wound based on exudate, wound status, and available wound products.

Delivery of Content
The content is delivered asynchronous via the online learning management system, Blackboard. The internet provides an opportunity for interaction with program faculty while in the comfort of learning in your own home and office.  Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns. 

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls.  Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

Contact Hours
48 contact hours

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification is a means to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • Submit registration and payment.
  • A certificate for contact hours will be awarded following successful completion of study guides for each module, receive a passing score of 70% or better on comprehensive final, and submission of program evaluation.

The certificates will be sent via email within approximately 30 days following the completion of the program.

Faculty Name and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.    

Amanda Blanton, BSN, RN CWOCN
Connie Swenty, DNP, RN, CWOCN
M. Jane Swartz, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Accreditation with Distinction

The University 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. USI was recognized as accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018.


State of California

The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

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