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Walk the path with your clients to make a difference

Clients struggling with wounds are often experiencing systemic health and social inequities, but taking an innovative and collaborative approach to wound care can make a difference for you and your clients. The Wound Care for Clients Experiencing Inequities program will equip you with the essential knowledge and best practices for wound management in a uniquely challenging environment. Walk the path with your clients to optimize their healing and bring you peace of mind.

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Program description

For clients experiencing systemic health and social inequities, wounds are more likely to occur and less likely to heal quickly or easily. The inequities these clients face mean they are also often less able to access care or to self-manage their wounds, whether because they have unstable housing, are using substances, facing socioeconomic challenges or for other reasons. Health professionals who care for these clients may also struggle to apply solutions that work well in hospitals or other well-resourced spaces. They may themselves experience stress working in this challenging setting.

The Wound Care for Clients Experiencing Inequities micro-certificate equips you with:

  • knowledge and skills to manage wounds in clients who are experiencing systemic inequities, through understanding how inequities influence the development of wounds and wound care.
  • a host of practical tips for your toolkit on using wound care products and managing wounds effectively in this environment.
  • skills for bringing a trauma-informed approach to wound care that facilitates communication and care planning in collaboration with your clients.
  • innovative strategies to help you and your clients attain the best achievable health outcomes and increase your peace of mind.

Learn through case studies, readings and videos, interactive discussions and a mandatory short synchronous online workshop. Engage in discussion with your instructors who bring their advanced wound expertise and extensive outreach experience, and with your peers working in similar environments.

Wound Care for Clients Experiencing Inequities (WCCEI) complements our existing program in Wound Management for Health Professionals. There are no pre-requisites for either (although the Wound Management program is for health professionals only). You may take the Wound Management for Health Professionals and then "specialize" with WCCEI. Or you may take WCCEI first and, if desired, move on to the longer program for greater depth on general wound management.

Program features

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A quick 3-week program (3-4 hours per week)

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Online Flexibility
An online hybrid delivery style offers flexibility for those with employment, school or family commitments and accessibility for those in rural or remote areas.

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Networking Opportunities
Collaborate with, learn from and find support in a network of professional colleagues who are as passionate about lifelong learning in healthcare as you are.

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Career Enhancer
A chance for you to increase your employability or to upskill or reskill.

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A micro-credential from the University of Victoria, a respected institution in education for health professionals. Upon completion of this program, you will receive a micro-certificate.

Program outcomes

Upon completion, learners will be able to:

  • describe the process of wound healing and discuss the impact of systemic social and health inequities on wound healing and self-management
  • identify common wound etiologies and discuss the impact of systemic inequities on outcomes
  • discuss strategies for skin and wound care, including adaptations suitable for specific client contexts
  • demonstrate trauma-informed approaches to care that work across difference and are grounded in cultural humility
  • discuss the importance of trust-building, collaboration and constructing shared goals of care, and strategies for each
  • list approaches health and helping professionals can use in coping with their own distress

Who is this program for?

Do you want to bring new insights, skills and tools to your work with clients experiencing systemic inequities? This program is designed for health and helping professionals working in outreach, home care and community settings. If you are a health professional such as a nurse, paramedic or physician, you will refresh your knowledge of wound etiology, management and healing. You will deepen your expertise in managing wounds by recognizing how inequities affect the presentation and healability of wounds. If you are a helping professional such as a harm-reduction worker, shelter or housing worker are not directly caring for wounds, you will gain a holistic understanding of the causes and health implications of wounds in those experiencing inequities. This understanding will help you support your clients to optimize their health.

Do some or all of the following resonate with you? This program could enhance your professional development if you:

  • are open to learning innovative and collaborative approaches to wound care
  • are committed to promoting health and social equity
  • value trauma-informed practice and cultural humility
  • are motivated to continually update your skills and knowledge in wound care
  • actively seek networking opportunities to connect with peers and enhance your employability

This program is intended for those with or without wound care experience. The emphasis is on interventions and solutions within a trauma-informed framework. For those looking for in-depth advanced wound care training, we recommend the Wound Management for Health Professionals program.  

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • Outreach Nurse
  • Community Nurse
  • Home-Care Nurse
  • Community (Primary-Care) Paramedic
  • Social Worker
  • Harm-Reduction Worker
  • Shelter or Housing Support Worker


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Admission requirements

Enrolment is open to all learners interested in wound care and working with clients experiencing inequities.

English language requirement for international students

International applicants whose first language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency with either:

  • TOEFL 90 on the online test or 575 on the paper-based test, with no section less than 20, or 
  • IELTS 6.5, with no individual component less than 6.0


How to apply

There is no application necessary for this program. Simply register for the course below.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).