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  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
  • Jennifer Quisberg, MPT, CWS
  • Shirley A. Blanchard, PhD, ABDA, OTR/L, FAOTA, FHDR
Peer Reviewer(s):
  • Holly Korzendorfer, PT, PhD, CWS, FACCWS
  • Susan P. Denham, EdD, OTR/L, CHT
Item#: I6376
Contents: 1 Course Book (106 pages)
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Wound Healing Fundamentals for the Occupational Therapist

Price $49.95
Item # I6376
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: January 3, 2017

Expiration Date: January 3, 2020

This course reviews the anatomy of the skin, the physiology of wound healing for acute and chronic wounds, skin changes across the life span, and the implications of such changes for wound healing among older adults. The course also covers the phases and cellular processes of healing and addresses the forces – both intrinsic and extrinsic – that may limit wound healing. Armed with this knowledge, the clinician can better determine whether a wound is progressing properly and when to intervene with the appropriate cost-effective treatments. This course describes several chronic wound types and acute burn injuries, wound assessment, and fundamental management strategies based on wound characteristics.  This intermediate-level course is designed for both the occupational therapist who is new to wound care and the practicing occupational therapist who would like a review of the fundamentals. This course provides the learner with a basic and foundational knowledge of wound healing and practical applications to guide clinical practice. The learner wishing to treat clients with wounds should further his or she training with more advanced courses on clinical topics. 



AOTA Content Focus -  Domain of OT: Client Factors; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation & Intervention

0.5 AOTA CEUs are awarded for successful completion of this course.



Course Objectives

  • Explain the role of the occupational therapist in wound healing.
  • Describe the anatomy, physiology, structure, and functions of the skin.
  • Describe the physiology of wound healing, including the phases of wound healing and types of wound closure.
  • Identify key components of wound assessment.
  • Select appropriate basic management strategies for chronic wounds based on wound characteristics.
  • Describe the etiology and basic treatment of several common types of wounds.


Jennifer Quisberg, MPT, CWS, is a physical therapist and certified wound specialist at Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1997 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her master’s degree in physical therapy in 2000 from the College of St. Catherine (now St. Catherine University). She has practiced wound care for more than 15 years and has been a certified wound specialist for 11 years. She served as an adjunct faculty member from 2011 to 2012 at St. Catherine University. Since 2010, Ms. Quisberg has been an integrated clinical education instructor for St. Catherine University physical therapy students, introducing them to wound care in the clinical setting. In 2009, she coauthored the article “Adjuvant Use of Acoustic Pressure Wound Therapy for Treatment of Chronic Wounds: A Retrospective Analysis,” which was published in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. She was a clinical liaison in 2007 and 2008 for Celleration, Inc., a wound care company located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and has served on its clinical advisory board. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, Ms. Quisberg participated in medical mission trips to Haiti, where she taught wound care to the staff at Hôpital Albert Schweitzer. She is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), belongs to the Electrophysiology and Wound Care Section, and has served on an APTA task force to more fully understand and better utilize tests for functional limitation reporting for Medicare. In 2014, Ms. Quisberg received the APTA Wound Management Special Interest Group’s Wound Care Therapist Scholarship to the Symposium on the Advancement of Wound Care.
Shirley A. Blanchard, PhD, ABDA, OTR/L, FAOTA, FHDR, received her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1975, her master’s degree in physical education in 1983 from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and her PhD in educational psychology (health and human performance) in 2002 from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Dr. Blanchard served as Regional Manager of Occupational Therapy for a rehabilitation company focused on service delivery to skilled and intermediate facilities. Dr. Blanchard worked collaboratively with nursing staff to develop seating and positioning interventions aimed at reducing the risk of pressure ulcers. As instructor of record for physical rehabilitation at Creighton University in Omaha, she was invited to coauthor a book chapter with Dr. Barbara Braden, RN (author of the Braden Scale) on risk assessment and pressure sore prevention. The chapter offers strategies for pressure sore prevention in bed and when using wheelchairs and cushions. She is a Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association and a Fellow of Health Disparities Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Holly Korzendorfer, PT, PhD, CWS, FACCWS, received her master’s degree in physical therapy from Chapman University in 1995 and her PhD in physical therapy from Nova Southeastern University in 2006. Dr. Korzendorfer is an adjunct assistant professor in the doctor of physical therapy program at Dominican College and is vice president of clinical business development at DermaRite Industries, a company focused on skin and wound care, including nutritional supplements. Dr. Korzendorfer has been a certified wound specialist since 1998 and has diverse managerial and research experience as a physical therapist working in varied care settings across the United States. Dr. Korzendorfer serves as a member of the Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management (ACEWM; a specialty section of the American Physical Therapy Association) Task Force on Physical Therapists in Wound Management Billing and Coding; Ostomy Wound Management (OWM) Editorial Board; American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) Exam Committee; Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC) Research Committee; and Wound Healing Society (WHS) Education Committee. Dr. Korzendorfer serves on the faculty for PRESENT Wounds, Ostomy and Continence (WOC) and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists. She has published several peer-reviewed articles and presents locally and nationally on wound management topics.

Susan P. Denham, EdD, OTR/L, CHT, is assistant professor of occupational therapy at the College of Health Sciences, Alabama State University. She received her doctorate in educational leadership, policy, and law from Alabama State University, her master of science in business and resource management from Troy University, and her Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has more than 27 years of experience as an occupational therapist, practicing in areas of physical dysfunction, orthopedics, industrial rehabilitation, hand therapy, and pediatrics.


  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.
  • Holly Korzendorfer has disclosed that she serves as vice president of clinical business development at DermaRite Industries, a company that manufactures skin care products and distributes wound and nutrition products. Western Schools ensures that this content is free from bias and commercial influence.