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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 4 Contact Hours
Author(s): Jennifer Quisberg, MPT, CWS
Peer Reviewer(s): Holly Korzendorfer, PT, PhD, CWS, FACCWS
Item#: Q3501
Contents: 1 Course Book (94 pages)
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Wound Healing Fundamentals for the Physical Therapist

Price $39.95
Item # Q3501
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: February 5, 2016

Expiration Date: February 5, 2019

Chronic wounds affect approximately 2% of the population of the United States and present a significant burden to patients, healthcare professionals, and the U.S. healthcare system. More than $50 billion is spent each year on treatment of chronic wounds and the expense is growing rapidly due to increasing healthcare costs, an aging population, and a sharp rise in the incidence of diabetes and obesity worldwide .The total global wound management market is projected to be worth more than $18.5 billion in 2021.

The utilization of the physical therapist as a member of the wound care team has grown, specifically in the hospital-based outpatient department. Physical therapists have much to offer patients with wounds; they can perform an evaluation, differentially diagnose the wound, and using rehabilitation medicine principles, create a comprehensive plan of care that addresses the wound and its underlying etiology.  Physical therapists can debride non-viable tissue with sharp tools and also implement healing strategies such as offloading, positioning, exercise, and range of motion that affect not only the wound environment, but also maximize overall function and quality of life for patients with wounds. The physical therapist can also be a resource for recommending therapies and assistive devices that improve strength, functional mobility, and overall wound healing.  The goal of this intermediate-level course is to provide an in-depth review of wound healing fundamentals so that physical therapists will feel more comfortable performing wound care techniques and more confident treating patients with wounds.

This course reviews the anatomy of the skin, the physiology of wound healing for the acute and chronic wound, skin changes across the lifespan and the implications of these changes for wound healing among older adults.  The phases of the healing trajectory and factors that may limit wound healing are covered to assist the clinician in determining whether a wound is progressing appropriately and how to intervene.  The course describes several chronic wound types and acute burn injuries, wound assessment, and basic management strategies based on wound characteristics.  

This course is designed for both physical therapists and assistants who are new to wound care and those practicing in wound care who would like a review of the fundamentals.  The course provides the learner with a basic knowledge of wound healing and practical applications to guide clinical practice. The learner wishing to treat patients with wounds should further his or her training with more advanced modules on clinical topics.


Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

California PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1808-120 (2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Ohio PTs & PTAs – Approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, Approval #17S5716

Pennsylvania PTs & PTAs – Approved for 3 general hours and 1 direct access hour, Approval #PTCE012571 (Exp 12/31/18)

Florida PTs & PTAs – The Florida Board of Physical Therapy accepts this course based on its pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

Course Objectives

  • Explain the role of the physical 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.


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 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 on 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.

  • 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.