Online Course
Basic Wound Assessment
Consider the WHOLE patient, not just the HOLE in the patient

2-2.5 hours





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Dana Palmer
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Dr. Dana Palmer specialises in the integumentary system, wound healing, and amputation prevention

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A proper and detailed wound assessment is an essential part of a wound care professional's evaluation and ongoing treatment plan. When completing an assessment, it is vital to remember that one or more underlying conditions most often cause the wound that you are assessing. These conditions will affect the established goals, treatment plan, prognosis, and patient education. The wound care professional must also consider the patient's anatomical makeup, physiological functioning, and environment while performing a wound assessment.

This course, the fifth in the Wound Care Physiotherapy Programme, gives an overview of the basic principles and steps of a wound care assessment and discusses the greater whole-person approach to this speciality practice.


This course aims to provide an introduction to wound care assessment.


This course is made up of videos, reading, forum posts and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video One: Basic Wound Assessment - Subjective Assessment
  2. Reading Activity: Wound Care Basics: Subjective Assessment
  3. Video Two: Basic Wound Assessment - Objective Assessment
  4. Reading Activity: Wound Care Basics: Objective Assessment
  5. Optional Lab Activity
  6. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 2-2.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 2.2 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • describe key wound findings that warrant a referral to a higher level of care
  • discuss the main components of the wound care subjective assessment
  • discuss the main components of the wound care objective assessment

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
Excellent and valuable course. Dana presented it well. I would recommend this course to all physiotherapists, despite their area of speciality.
Vivek Bhaskaran
This course is exciting and informative. In addition, this course will aid my assessment of patient wounds in my inpatient and outpatient roles.
Phil King
Sports Therapist
United Kingdom