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About the WTA Program

Acknowledging the ever growing demand for wound care services in all health care settings, the WOCN Society developed this continuing educational Program to:

  1. Educate and prepare more skilled wound care providers across settings, including the military.
  2. Enhance nurses’ ability to provide optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds as members of a collaborative wound care team.
  3. Provide the non-specialty nurse the ability to facilitate optimal care for patients with acute and chronic wounds under the direction of the WOC specialty nurse, WOC advanced practice registered nurse or physician.

The WTA Program is designed to be completed within three months under direction of a WOCN-approved WTA Course Coordinator. It consists of pre-recorded learning modules, narrated by Dr. Phyllis Bonham, PhD, MSN, RN, CWOCN, DPNAP, FAAN, and Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, case studies, followed by on-site competency training and testing.

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Download a Sample 12 Week Schedule



A&P of Skin and Soft Tissue: Implications for Routine Care

Phyllis Bonham

Skin and Tissue Loss Caused by External Factors

Phyllis Bonham

Establishing Protocols for Prevention

Dorothy Doughty

Legal and Regulatory Issues

Dorothy Doughty

Physiology of Wound Healing

Dorothy Doughty

Systemic Factors Affecting Repair

Dorothy Doughty

Wound Assessment and Documentation

Phyllis Bonham

Wound Assessment and Documentation – Slide Study

Phyllis Bonham

Wound Management Guidelines

Dorothy Doughty

Topical Therapy: Guidelines for Dressing Selection and Slide Study

Dorothy Doughty

Assessment and Management Non-healing (Refractory) Wounds

Dorothy Doughty

Management of Ulcers due to Lower Extremity Arterial Disease (LEAD)

Phyllis Bonham

Management of Ulcers due to Lower Extremity Venous Disease (LEVD)

Phyllis Bonham

Management of Ulcers due to Lower Extremity Neuropathic Disease (LEND)

Phyllis Bonham

Target Audience

  • Licensed health care providers
  • LPN’s/LVN’s
  • Non-baccalaureate RN’s
  • Baccalaureate or Master’s prepared RN’s who do not wish to specialize but want adequate knowledge in wound care
  • Physicians and other clinicians who want adequate knowledge in wound care
  • Military medics (active duty), certified first responders and corpsmen

Any licensed nurse is eligible and will receive continuing education contact hours upon successful completion of the Program. All other participants will obtain a certificate upon successful completion of the Program.

Criteria for Successful Completion

To receive the certificate of completion and contact hours, participants must complete the entire online activity, receive a passing score of 70% on the comprehensive online post-tests (average of two tests) and satisfactorily demonstrate competency in the following clinical skills:

  1. Performing and interpreting an ankle brachial index (ABI);
  2. Sensory testing with a Semmes-Weinstein monofilament;
  3. Application of a 2-layer, 3-layer, or 4-layer sustained compression wrap; and
  4. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT).
  5. Wound Identification
  6. Using the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressue Injury Risk Effectively.

In addition, the participant must complete and submit an evaluation form.


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