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Frequently Asked Questions about the WTA Program
If you have additional questions, please feel free to email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WTA program can be offered in any healthcare setting, in one of two ways:
For more information about the on-site WTA Programs, please contact the WOCN Society at email@example.com.
The WTA Program is offered to non-BSN, LPN/LVNs and medics, but attendance is not limited to those levels of practice. Any licensed nurse is eligible and will receive continuing education contact hours. Licenses physical therapists and PTAs are also eligible to receive continuing competency units upon completion of the course. All other attendees will obtain a certificate of completion upon successful completion of the program.
The WTA Program provides nurses with the basic education and skills that prepare them to focus on direct care and to work under the direction of a WOC specialty nurse, WOC advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) or physician. Acknowledging the ever growing demand for wound care services in all health care settings, including military services, the WOCN Society developed this course to:
Note: Continuing Education (CE) Contact Hours provided only for nurses, physical therapists, and physical therapist assistants.
Yes. This would be an excellent program for these teams.
The information provided within the WTA Program is an excellent overview of normal anatomy and physiology, wound healing principles, types of wounds and wound care therapies. Medics/corpsmen are often the initial and primary wound care providers for wounded soldiers and the information provided in the course will be beneficial in their role. The ability of medics/corpsmen to provide wound care when they are no longer on active duty will be dependent upon where they choose to work, the criteria of that employer, and practice restrictions based on state licensing requirements.
The first step is to get your institution on board with purchasing and providing the program. The second step is to identify a CWCN, CWON, or CWOCN who is willing to serve as Course Coordinator, and to have her/him complete the Course Coordinator application. This is critical because your agency cannot purchase the program until there in an approved Course Coordinator.
Once you have an approved Course Coordinator and your agency has purchased access to the Program (flat fee of $2,500 for a two-year license), you will need to identify clinicians who will participate in the course and your agency will need to pay a $150 licensing fee for each participant. At that point all participants will be given access to the online Program and the course can begin.
There is an initial fee of $2,500; this licensing fee permits your agency to offer the WTA Program for a two-year period. There is an additional fee of $150 per participant for up to 100 participants within the two-year licensing period. This fee covers a hard copy WTA participant workbook and administrative costs of managing the Program for each participant.
The comprehensive WTA Program offers 24.0 contact hours to licenses nurses.
The WTA program has been approved by Federation of State Board Physical Therapy (FSBPT): ProCert to award PTs and PTAs 20.0 Continuing Competence Units (CCUs). State licensing boards have final say over the requirements for their participants. If you have any questions, it is recommended you contact your state licensing board for guidance.
Click here to view a 12 week sample schedule for all students and Course Coordinators to use as a template for course flow and completion.
The didactic portion is online and can be viewed by the attendee/participant within their personal time frame. It is recommended that the didactic component of the course be completed in 3 months’ time, so that the competency testing/final examination can be arranged in a timely manner following the didactic.
Participants will be able to demonstrate competency in the following skills:
Competency testing in military is done the same way as in other facility settings.
In 2017, the WOCN® Society updated and disseminated a position statement about the “Role and Scope of Practice for Wound Care Providers” that defined the roles of the WOC advanced practice registered nurse, WOC specialty nurse and the wound treatment associate. The position statement clearly identifies that wound treatment associates are prepared to function under the supervision of a WOC advanced practice registered nurse, a WOC specialty nurse or physician. By clearly defining the roles and through marketing efforts, the intent is to strengthen the position of WOC specialty nurses as the expert, capable of directing bedside care associates to improve patient outcomes.
Please refer to the position statement in the WOCN Society’s library titled, “Role and Scope of Practice for Wound Care Providers.”
There is no conflict of practice or purpose. Please refer to the position statement about the “Role and Scope of Practice for Wound Care Providers” that describes the appropriate utilization of each level of wound care provider available at www.wocn.org.
WOC nurses are “specialty” nurses as recognized by the American Nurses Association who are prepared as experts and leaders by virtue of RN licensure, minimum BS degree, education from a WOCN® Society accredited program and/or certification from the WOCNCB®. Wound treatment associates will not be prepared to serve as leaders but to function as integral members of the wound care team to support and extend the role of the WOC specialty nurse.
Individuals who successfully complete the course requirements will receive a certificate of completion documenting they completed the Wound Treatment Associate Program and earned 24 contact hours for nurses and 20 continuing competency units for PTs and PTAs. Completion of continuing education programs does not customarily confer a title upon the participant such as occurs with licensure or certification.
A sample position description for a nurse completing the WTA Program is available as part of the program. WTA graduates may share this document with their employer and use it as a guide/template/foundation, if agreeable by the employer.
The following criteria apply to course coordinators and clinical skills instructors:
Additional criteria for course coordinators include:
Cost remains the same regardless of the number of WOC instructors (course coordinators) or WOC nurses serving as clinical skills instructors to evaluate the competencies. All instructors must meet the WOCN® Society criteria and be approved to serve in this role. Application and approval processes for co-coordinators are same as for course coordinators.
Orientation session for new and existing WTA Course Coordinators will be available soon. In the meantime, and in addition, WOCN staff is available to answer questions.
Please email all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You do not have to be tri-specialty certified to serve as an instructor, but you must be certified in wound care by the WOCNCB®.
The primary difference is that the WOCN® Society has clearly identified the role of not only the WTA, but also the roles of the WOC advanced practice registered nurse and WOC specialty nurse. Based on content endorsed by the WOCN® Society, the program is designed for wound care providers functioning at the non-specialist level. Wound treatment associates will be prepared as strong and knowledgeable team members to complement the role of the WOC specialty nurse. To successfully complete the continuing education course, participants must successfully pass a written comprehensive examination and satisfactorily demonstrate competency in selected clinical skills in simulated situations.
Yes, however WTA-C certification is not a requirement. Depending on the organization/agency, WTA-C certification is preferred and may be required. The WTA-C certification credential launched in the Fall 2015 and represents a critical stage in the evolution of wound care. Voluntarily applying for certification is another step in the process of ensuring the delivery of consistent quality care and would be the choice of the WTA graduate.
The ANCC recognizes specific certifications toward gaining Magnet status, and WOCNCB’s are on the list for the following: CCCN, CFCN, COCN, CWCN, CWON, CWOCN, CWOCN-AP. WOCNCB is in the process of getting this certification credential added to the list of ANCC-accredited credentials.
When collaborating with other nurses, a WOC nurse is not responsible for the actions of others. Scope of practice limits are defined by each state and each nurse is accountable to practice in accordance with the specific requirements of the licensing boards in the state(s) in which he or she practices.
Although the WTA course is not a certification program, as an educational program developed and endorsed by the WOCN® Society it does carry a certain amount of credibility. The WOCN® Society is internationally recognized as a premier provider of wound, ostomy and continence education. It is accredited (accreditation with distinction) as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Also, many states require RNs and LPN/LVNs to have a certain numbers of contact or continuing education hours for re-licensure or re-certification. This course can help meet that need. The Society continues to highly value and support the WOCN® Society-accredited education programs and the process of certification for WOC specialty nurses by the WOCNCB®. We also recognize that there is a continued and growing need to increase access to skilled wound care providers at the non-specialty level to achieve positive healing outcomes, prevent complications, and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations. While not all providers of wound care will seek or are eligible for WOCNCB® certification, continuing education is essential for all levels of wound care providers to ensure quality of care for the patients we serve.
The WOCN Society has developed marketing toolkits (available on the website: for Home Health and Hospitals and Health Care Systems). Individuals, regions or affiliates who wish to provide/administer this course in their own area will be responsible for using the materials that are developed to market their program to their attendees.
No. The WTA Program is geared to the non-specialty level of practice and does not have the depth and breadth of content as presented in the WOCN® Society accredited nursing education programs (WOCNEPs). WOCNEPs have very specific requirements for the curriculum with content and methods of instruction that are designed to prepare post BS degree registered nurses for specialty practice and certification.
Yes. The course will provide valuable continuing education, based on evidence-based guidelines and best practices recognized by the WOCN® Society that could be used as a basic review or update for a variety of wound care providers.
The WTA graduates will not be prepared to serve as the “team leader.” Please refer to position statement: "Role and Scope of Practice for Wound Care Providers."
WTA Course Coordinators can earn PGP points under the “Teaching” category. Points allocated for the WTA Program reflect the need for personal preparation in order to answer learner questions and be prepared for interactive on line discussions. You cannot claim PGP points for the independent development of learning materials and content.
For more information, including how to properly document your involvement with the WTA program, as Course Coordinator, how many and what types of hours are eligible, etc., please contact the WOCNCB.
The course curriculum, instructional/delivery methods, and methods of evaluation of participants (written examination, competency evaluation scenarios/scoring guides/criteria for evaluation, etc.) were developed by the WTA Task Force and Committee and are produced and copyrighted by the WOCN® Society.
Supplemental materials such as dressing samples, compression wraps, ABI equipment, NPWT equipment, etc., will be the responsibility of the individual course coordinator to arrange and provide.
No. It is up to each individual WTA Course Coordinator to determine manageable class size. However, it is important to remember that one cannot enroll more than 100 participants within the 2-year program license.
No, there are no precepting or clinical requirements. However, the didactic instruction and final written examination will be provided online. The overall course will be facilitated by a WOCN-approved WTA course coordinator (WOC nurse) who is onsite and will review and facilitate the learning/evaluation activities for the participants. The course coordinator will provide clarification and guidance to learners, as needed. Additionally, the course coordinator will be responsible to assist with demonstration and evaluation of the clinical skills competencies in simulated experiences, following established criteria and scoring methodology. Depending on the number of participants, additional WOCN® Society approved clinical skills instructors may be used to demonstrate and evaluate the clinical competencies.
No. Once program license is purchased, the program can be used for up to 2 years for the number of participant licenses purchased (up to 100 participant licenses). There is no limit to the number of times the course can be offered during that 2-year time frame as long as the number of participants does not exceed 100.
Yes. The Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) Program launched in early 2018. More information can be found here.