Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program
Course ID: 21WTA0007
October 31, 2022
Paid 32.25 ANCC 21.0 CCU
Registration Starts on October 3, 2022
Health Care Professionals: nurses (LPNs/LVNS, non-baccalaureate, baccalaureate or Master's prepared), licensed health care providers (e.g nurse practitioners), physicians, physician assistants, physical therapists (PTs), physical therapist assistants (PTAs), military medics/corpsmen (active duty), certified first responders, and corpsmen, and other interested licensed clinicians who want more wound care knowledge.
The Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program was developed by the Wound Ostomy Continence (WOCN) Society. This evidence-based program was developed by internationally-recognized leaders and educators in wound management and prevention including hands-on training during the Simulation Day. Learners will complete a series of modules and a Simulation day within 12 weeks to improve wound prevention practices, patient outcomes, and expand a team's comprehension and skills in wound care throughout all healthcare settings (WOCN Society, 2017). Prepares nurses for a higher level of competency and knowledge including preparation for the WTA-C certification (not required).
Worth the investment!
Overview of online WTA 12 - week session:
- Online self-paced modules (14 Lesson Topics)... see sample 12-week schedule under the Materials Tab
- Online self-paced program includes one VIRTUAL hands-on Mandatory Simulation Day as well as two phone calls, orientation and midway discussion, via ZOOM.
- Two Online Exams (completed after Sim Day including an exam review with the CWOCN course coordinator)
- Scheduled 90 minute Virtual (via ZOOM) Competency hands-on Testing session
- Student must obtain his/her own simulation patient (family member, friend, or colleague)
- A Virtual Course Discussion and Discussion and Exam Review (via ZOOM): will be held on the date you select. from 1:15-4:00pm
VIRTUAL Simulation Day Competencies:
- Wound Identification & Pressure Injury Staging;
- Braden Pressure Risk Assessment & Development of Pressure Injury Prevention Protocol;
- Performing and interpreting an ankle brachial index (ABI);
- Sensory testing with a Semmes-Weinstein monofilament;
- Application of a 2-layer, 3-layer, or 4-layer sustained compression wrap;
- Negative Pressure Wound Therapy (NPWT) (subject to availability)
- WOCN Society, an Accredited Provider for the ANCC: 32.25 nursing contact hours
- Federation of State Board Physical Therapy (FSBT): ProCert awards PTs & PTAs 21.0 CCUs
WTA Course Coordinator
Renee Paulin MSN, RN, CWOCN is a Course Coordinator for the WTA Program hosted by UNMC College of Nursing Continuing Nursing Education (UNMC CON CNE). She has over 14 years of experience as a registered nurse including her passion in wound care as a certified wound, ostomy, continence nurse (CWOCN) since 2010. Her expertise in wound management including complex wounds and fistula care as well as prevention has always been her passion. She has provided great support and guidance to other nurses and patients within her specialty. Not only has she cared for her patients meticulously, but also has the experience of managing an inpatient wound care program. She has provided many learning opportunities for health care professionals including continuing education to organizations in Nebraska including Omaha and reaching rural areas for nurses to increase their knowledge and competency. She is energetically engaged in the Nebraska Regional CWOCN Affiliate as their President and Chair of the conference planning committee. She also chairs the NE WOCN ostomy workshop committee where they are currently planning an ostomy management workshop for nurses throughout Nebraska. In the meantime, she has spearheaded an ostomy podcast series on RN Huddle where she joins other WOC specialists to discuss hot topics surrounding ostomy care. In addition, she has recently published an article, Incontinence-Associated Dermatitis-It Is Not a Pressure Injury, in Urologic Nursing where she identifies accurate identification and management of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD). It is her motivation and dedication to help enhance nursing practice involved in wound management to ultimately improve patient outcomes.
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- WTA-C certification is not required within the WTA program
- WTA-C exam cost is $250 for a 5 year certification
- Separate fee for WTA program hosted by UNMC College of Nursing
- Exam provided by WOCNCB
WTA-C Exam Handbook:
Click on the link below and see the information under "Traditional Pathway."
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