Wound Care Education – The Benefits of Online Learning

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by Laurie Swezey RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, FACCWS

Many health care professionals are becoming certified as wound care providers due to the increased demand that has arisen due to the aging of the population and an increase in other wound risk factors including diabetes and obesity. With so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which wound care education course is right for you.

Having trouble making a decision? Here are a few things that you might take into account when choosing wound care education:

Study Mode- if you are a busy professional who must juggle a career and family obligations, an online study format may be right for you. Online study allows you to learn in the comfort of your own home at your own pace. You set your schedule and pace- there is no need to travel to attend a course and no need to take precious time off work.

Cost- many wound care seminars and courses cost thousands of dollars and require you to travel to attend the course. Online wound care education is affordable. Course costs are stripped down because overhead is far less and these cost savings can be passed on to you, the consumer.

Educational Focus- while many courses take a "one size fits all" approach, online wound care education is tailored to the type of professional taking the course. Whether you are an LPN, RN, physician, physical therapist or other health care professional, content will take your unique experience, scope of practice and learning needs into consideration.

Course Access- Many seminars and wound care courses are held on specific days, meaning that when the course is done, so are you! Online learning allows you to proceed at your own pace without feeling rushed. There is no need to move on to the next section until you are confident that you have mastered the previous one. Rather than being pressured to learn an enormous amount of information in a few short hours or days, you can take your time and master the content.

As always, caveat emptor!

About The Author
Laurie Swezey RN, BSN, CWOCN, CWS, FACCWS is a Certified Wound Therapist and enterostomal therapist, founder and president of WoundEducators.com, and advocate of incorporating digital and computer technology into the field of wound care.

The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely those of the author, and do not represent the views of WoundSource, Kestrel Health Information, Inc., its affiliates, or subsidiary companies.


I acquired both the CWS and the CWCN certifications without taking any courses at all, which is of course far less expensive than any of the alternatives mentioned. However, I was highly motivated and had many years of hands-on wound experience, and had studied on my own for years as well.

For a novice, I would highly recommend online learning. Some online courses are poorly designed, but a high quality online course can be superior to a face to face course because you can go back and listen again to sections you found particularly difficult (or just interesting). Many online programs include interaction via video chats.

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