Wound Treatment Associate Program

Through the convenience of online learning, the WTA Program can help you with daily patient monitoring, pressure ulcer prevention, and basic wound management to improve outcomes for your patients. There is also an in-person skills check in Eau Claire, WI.

Key Program Information
Categories Professional and Workforce Development | Degrees, Certificates, and Courses for Contemporary Learners | Health Care | Online
Program Type Non-Credit with Credit Option
Delivery Format Online

Who Should Attend

The course is designed for the Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse or military medic/corpsman; however, any health care provider may benefit from this comprehensive certificate program.

Program Description

Become a Skilled Wound Care Provider. Earn Contact Hours.

The Wound Treatment Associate Program is a Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society-endorsed educational program geared toward non-specialty licensed nurses.

The WTA program is a 13-week online/hybrid course, with a post-program on-site skills check at the UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing. The WTA Program can help you with daily patient monitoring, pressure ulcer prevention, and basic wound management to improve outcomes for your patients. This course is designed for completion (including written final examinations and skills testing) in three months. You must complete the course within this three month period to receive the credits and certificate.

Major topics covered by the WTA program include:

  • A&P of Skin and Soft Tissue: Implications for Routine Care
  • Skin and Tissue Loss Caused by External Factors
  • Establishing Protocols for Prevention
  • Legal and Regulatory Issues
  • Physiology of Wound Healing
  • Systemic Factors Affecting Repair
  • Wound Assessment and Documentation
  • Guidelines for Topical Therapy Assessment and Management of Refractory Wounds
  • Management of Arterial/Ischemic Ulcers
  • Management of Venous Ulcers
  • Prevention and Management of Neuropathic Ulcers

The WTA Program takes place online twice a year on March 11 through June 15, 2019, and July 29 through October 26, 2019. All of the program participants will be guided through narrated PowerPoint presentations by a WOC specialty nurse Course Coordinator who will answer any questions you might have along the way.

After completing the lessons, participants take a timed online test and participate in an in-person clinical skills competency test. The skills tests will take place on June 15, 2019, for the spring session and on October 26, 2019, for the fall session at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire College of Nursing in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


Dr. Laura Kenney is an Adult Nurse Practitioner who is a Board Certified Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse, as well as a Certified Foot and Nail Care Specialist. She has extensive knowledge and background in working with complex wounds, including enterocutaneous fistula management, chronic venous stasis ulcers, arterial ulcers, traumatic wounds, and diabetic foot ulcers. She draws her experience from previous work in a Level 1 Trauma Hospital where she helped create a Wound Program with core training in pressure ulcer prevention, assessment, and treatment. She also assisted in the creation of the facility's Ostomy Program which provides education, management, and support for patients and families with colostomies, ileostomies and urostomies. She currently works at the HealthEast Vascular Clinic and treats a myriad of wounds and skin conditions with primary focus on venous stasis ulcers and edema control. Dr. Kenney has been a CWOCN since 2008. She earned her undergraduate, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice Degrees all at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her graduate school research focused on the prevention of pressure ulcer development on prolonged surgical spinal cases in the operating room by utilizing a prophylactic bordered silicone foam dressing. She was previously a pressure ulcer advisory group member for the Minnesota Hospital Association's SAFE SKIN collaborative which involves over 100 Minnesota Hospitals. Dr. Kenney's publications and presentations include Minnesota Health Care News, May 2012; Pressure Ulcer Prevention Tips, p. 14-17; Strategies in Primary Care Medicine Conference; Skin Deep: Nuts and Bolts of Wound care; Minnesota Hospital Association, SAFE SKIN Patient and family education video; Minnesota Hospital Association, SAFE SKIN Virtual Conference, Presenter on the Skin Wound Action Team. She was also nominated for Innovation of the Year Award in 2012 for pressure ulcer prevention.