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Advanced Wound Debridement Course

Are you a graduate of a clinical wound program? Interested in increasing your knowledge around wound debridement?

This unique, fully-online, self-paced course is accredited by the Canadian Nurses Association and offers healthcare practitioners the foundation to develop and enhance their theoretical and practical knowledge when managing complex, hard to heal wounds that require debridement.

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Course Objectives

The primary objective of this course is to provide learners with advanced theoretical knowledge pertaining to all aspects of debridement. Learners are encouraged to seek out mentorship opportunities within their work environment and to work within their scope of practice. 

At the end of this course, learners will have advanced debridement knowledge beyond the NSWOC/ SWAN programs.


The course will be self-paced online with access to virtual mentorship and knowledge consolidation opportunities with our team of CNA certified NSWOCs. Enrolment is limited. Contact for more information.

Course Design

  • Competency and Standards of Practice Based

  • Designed by nurses for nurses, but open to all healthcare professionals

  • Follows the Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada’s (NSWOCC) Canadian best practice recommendations for wound debridement

  • Weekly mentorship rounds with an experienced Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) certified Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC)

  • Hands-on debridement workshop during the National NSWOCC Conference

Course Length

  • Fully-Online

  • 6 weeks

  • Self-paced

  • Rolling start, start at anytime

Are you a graduate of a clinical wound program? Interested in increasing your knowledge around wound debridement?

Learning Outcomes

Did you know?

Completing the Advanced Wound Debridement Course counts for 32 hours that you can apply towards your Renewal by Continuous Learning for the WOCC(C) credential through the Canadian Nurses Association!

Course Prerequisites and Application Eligibility

The competency-based, advanced debridement course is designed by nurses for nurses and follows the Canadian best practice recommendations for nurses; however, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute recognizes the course may be of interest to other disciplines.


Healthcare professionals without a nursing background are responsible for recognizing their own scope of practice and jurisdictional policies related to their profession. That is, non-nurse Healthcare Professionals meeting the prerequisite education requirements will be accepted into the program.

  • In-depth knowledge of wound management is essential prior to enrolment in a competency-based debridement educational program.

  • Prerequisite education is identified by the successful completion of a rigorous curriculum-based wound management program including stringent outcome measures such as examination. 

  • Learners must have completed a wound care course (e.g., NSWOC Program, SWAN Program, Practice Enrichment Series Wound Management Course, IIWCC, Wounds Canada Program, etc.)

Smiling Nurse
I feel more confident and competent to utilize various debridement modalities. It has also enhanced my charting - thanks to the educational information provided at a lunch and learn that was a part of the program

- A recent Advanced Wound Debridement Student who completed the program

Canadian Nurses Association Accreditation


In order to address the issue of wound management through nursing education, Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC) is thrilled to announce that its Practice Enrichment Series Advanced Wound Debridement course has received accreditation from the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association (CNA).

The CNA Accreditation Program is renowned for upholding standards of quality for continuing professional development for nurses across Canada. It subjects all accredited programs and offerings to a meticulous quality assessment process, ensuring that learning and development initiatives meet the CNA's standards of excellence. By receiving this accreditation, the NSWOCC Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute (WOC Institute) demonstrates the unwavering commitment to providing high-quality education and fostering nursing competence.

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