Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program

Course ID: 23WTA005
May 28, 2024

Paid 32.25 ANCC 21.0 CCU

Registration Starts on April 12, 2024

Certification Information
Register - Summer 2024

  • Target Audience

    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.

    WTA Program

    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)
    There will be a two phase Virtual Simulation Day scheduled at time of registration consisting of:
    • 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 Exam Review will be held on Friday 8.2.24 from 1:00 to 3:30 for all students.

    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 interProfessional Development and Innovation (CiPDI) (UNMC CON CiPDI). She has over 14 years of experience as a registered nurse and has been a certified wound, ostomy, continence nurse (CWOCN) since 2010. Developing her ability in wound management including complex wounds and fistula care as well as prevention has always been her passion and she has supplied support and guidance to other nurses and patients within this specialty.

    Renee has the experience of managing an inpatient wound and ostomy care program under which her patients received meticulous care. She has supplied learning opportunities for health care professionals, including continuing interprofessional education to organizations in Nebraska including Omaha and rural areas, helping nurses to increase their knowledge and competency.

    Renee is the former president of the Nebraska WOCN affiliate and is a catalyst for the annual Nebraska WOCN affiliate conferences. Her leadership duties included organizing, planning, and executing NE affiliate events such as the Ostomy podcast for Nebraska nurses. She started the first Ostomy workshop with direct learning opportunities in Nebraska and worked closely with the Nebraska affiliate conference committee to present effective and meaningful conferences.

    Healthcare organizations, supervisors, and staff have commented about the wealth of knowledge and skills gained from the WTA program with Renee as the course coordinator. The wound and ostomy educational opportunities provided by NE affiliate of the WOCN Society and UNMC have been very impactful under Renee's leadership supplying clinicians the necessary tools and resources to improve confidence in wound management and ultimately improve patient outcomes.  

    Renee is an educational expert and her passion as an educator motivates her to encourage others to develop their talents and skills to educate others for the benefit of healthcare. She will continue to chair the NE affiliate WOCN conference and ostomy workshops and is currently working on her DNP at UNMC College of Nursing and continues to stay active within the affiliate.

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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:

    WTA-C Eligibility:
    Click on the link below and see the information under "Traditional Pathway."

  • Registration is now closed.

    Due to overwhelming interest in this program, we have currently reached our capacity.
    Please visit our CON CNE website frequently for the next session details or click on the link to be added to our waitlist. Those on the waitlist will be notified of any openings in the current session and receive priority notice for the next session.
    Click here to be added to the waitlist: Waitlist

    Please contact Renee Paulin for more details
    Email: concne2@unmc.edu
    Call: 402-559-1990