Advanced Wound Care Certificate

Program Overview

Learn how to treat and manage complex wounds by advancing your basic wound care knowledge

The Advanced Wound Care Certificate Program provides an in-depth look at treating various types of wounds, by exploring the entire trajectory of wound care from underlying cause of wounds to complications and treatments.

You will learn about current research on wound etiology and management practices, as well as state of the science tools and management approaches to various wounds.

The Advanced Wound Care Certificate Program is designed to be highly practical and applicable to current clinical settings. The course will be delivered through interactive webinars that combine lectures with participatory exercises. Exercises will include real-world case examples from the instructor and participants.

Provide your own photos and case studies in advance to be used for group discussion at the discretion of the instructor.

How You Will Benefit

  • The interactive sessions are geared specifically for professional adult learners through real-world case studies and discussions. You will have the opportunity to engage in high-level discussion with your professional peers.
  • Participants are encouraged to submit their own real-world case examples and photos for discussion, to be used at the discretion of the instructor.
  • The Program expands upon basic knowledge of wound care to offer a comprehensive look at wound care management including barriers and facilitators to treating various types wounds, such as complex wounds and cancer-related wounds.
  • You will learn strategies and best practices in wound care from a clinical expert and founding member of the Ontario Wound Interest Group, who has 20 years of experience as an Advanced Practice Nurse.
  • You will engage in discussions of new wound care technologies, management approaches, and comparisons of generic and brand-name wounds dressings, to help you make informed decisions in your clinical practice.
  • You will learn how to apply the National Pressure Ulcer Association review and the new Skin Tear Assessment/Management tool to advance your practice.
  • The course will empower you to help patients and their caregivers better understand the trajectory of wound care.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the underlying cause of various types of wounds
  • Identify, assess, and treat wound infections, and manage patient education
  • Heal skin tears and complex wounds
  • Select the right wound dressing

Who Should Take This Course?

The Advanced Wound Care course is designed for nurses and other health professionals who have either taken the Fundamentals of Wound Care certificate program offered through HLLN at York University, or have a working knowledge of /clinical experience in wound care.


Knowledge and/or clinical experience with chronic wound care in any healthcare setting. Participants should be familiar with the basic wound types (causes, assessment and treatment) and basic dressing types.

It is required that you take the Wound Care course prior to this course, or be approved by the Course Director based on pre-requisite knowledge. 

If you would like to take the course but are unsure if you meet requirements, contact us for more information at 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or

Program Details

The Advanced Certificate Program will now be offered in face-to-face sessions.

The program will cover topics such as:

  • the underlying causes of various types of wounds
  • social determinants of health in wound care and barriers that impact wound healing
  • infections such as bacterial burden/host resistance that affect wound healing
  • strategies to help patients and their caregivers understand the trajectory of wound infection from contamination to infection
  • application of the National Pressure Ulcer Association review and the new Skin Tear Assessment/Management tool
  • current research on wound etiology, management practices, and infection, and dressings
  • new technologies and management approaches to various wound types, such as complex wounds and cancer-related wounds etc.
  • wound dressing selection of generic vs. name-brand dressing
  • real-world case examples from instructor and participants

Program Schedule




Rosemary Kohr - BA, BScN, MScN, PhD, RN

Tertiary Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Profile photo of Rosemary Kohr in circle frameDr. Rosemary Kohr, PhD worked for nearly two decades as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and wound care specialist at the London Health Sciences Centre. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario; teaches in the graduate program, Centre of Nursing and Health Studies at Athabasca University; and developed (in collaboration with Dr. Lori Teeple, MD) the Advanced Wound Life Saving (AWLS) MainProC program for physicians. From 2015 to 2017, Dr. Kohr managed a research grant on Healthy Aging through the University of New Brunswick. She is a registered nurse in both Ontario and New Brunswick.

She has published and presented her work in international, national and local publications and conferences as well as providing educational and consultative support across Canada. For five years, she provided monthly "Wound Care Rounds" through the Ontario Telemedicine Network. She is the Canadian editor/author of the chapter on Skin and Wound Management in the past 3 editions of Fundamentals of Nursing (Potter & Perry Canadian Edition). Her work appears in Lives in the balance: Nurses' stories from the ICU, edited by Tilda Shalof (Kaplan Press, 2009), as well as other international journals. She has a keen interest in Seniors' healthy aging, pain management, in the dynamics of relationships, especially communication, and in the prevention and management of chronic wounds. Dissemination of information, knowledge transfer and uptake in the clinical environment using innovative approaches and electronic technology are fundamental to her work.

Dr. Kohr's clinical research includes evaluation of implementation of best practice guidelines, pain management, wound care and collaborative practice. She has received research grants as well as academic scholarships, and has collaborated on writing a number of successful government grant applications.

For over a decade, Dr. Kohr has provided education and consultation focused in the clinical reality of today’s healthcare environment,  through her company, Kohr Consulting ( She is the former President of the Canadian Association of Advanced Practice Nurses (CAAPN), and a founding member of the Ontario Wound Interest Group (OntWIG). Dr. Kohr is a Program Director with York University Health Leadership and Learning Network, and has developed and taught workshops through HLLN for over 4 years.

Certificate of Completion

At the end of the course, you will earn a certificate of completion.

Failure to attend the course dates and/or achieve the learning objectives as determined by the instructor can result in you not earning the certificate of completion. Refunds are not applicable in this case.

Financial Aid - Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.

RPNAO and RNAO's Nursing Education Initiative (NEI)

Funded by Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, and Nurse Practitioners currently registered to practice in Ontario can apply to access a maximum of $1,500 in grants per year for clinical and specialty professional development.


Applications are to be submitted to the RPNAO. For more information, please visit the RPNAO webpage on the NEI. To navigate the information on NEI, its application process, and FAQ, click on the navigation bar (top of page) "Practice & Education > Nursing Education Initiative" for options.

RNs & NPs

You do not need to be an RNAO member to register for a free account on myRNAO which is needed to access and complete the application. Complete application packages must be received by the RNAO within 90 days of the course's final class. The application requires supporting documents including receipts or a proof of completion.

Please visit the NEI website for more details on the application process, eligibility, and grant calculation method.

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant, you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs. The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be used to purchase training for your employees. York University/The Health Leadership & Learning Network is an eligible training provider and the grant can be applied to all of our offerings and for in-house training.

You can apply at any time. Employers can apply for one employee or for a large group of employees.

If you are an employee or employer and would like more information, visit the website here.

Please note: Not all employers are eligible to apply, please consult the Canada-Ontario Job Grant website for more details.