wound treatment associate program

Why get WTA certified ?

✓ Completing our WTA Program means you will be eligible to take the  WTA-C certification exam and sign as a Wound Care Specialist after your name (e.g. Jane Nurse, WTA-C).

✓ The Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Program was developed and presented by internationally-recognized leaders and educators in wound management and prevention practices by the WOCN society.✓ WOCN nurses or CWOCN are the preferred specialists called on by the Justice Department to be expert witnesses.

✓ The WTA Program is an evidence-based continuing education course that meets international standards of care and prepares participants for the WTA-C certification.

  • WTA-C certification is offered through the WOCNCB, a certification body nationally recognized by the ABSNC and the NCCA.

✓ Earn Contact Hours (CEUs).

  • The WOCN Society is an accredited provider of CNEs through the ANCC.


If there is litigation, the courts will usually ask for a WOCN certified nurse as their expert witness as opposed to any other licensure or certifications. 

Read below for the recent white paper (evidenced-based study) on the impact of WOCN certified nurses or click LINK (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5417571/)  

WTA is a starter program created by WOCN.

To foster a career-long passion for wound care, WOCN Society opened the WTA program to:

»Licensed health care providers

» LPN’s/LVN’s

» RNs

» Baccalaureate or Master’s prepared RN’s who do not wish to specialize but want adequate knowledge in wound care.

» PTs and PTAs

» Physicians and other clinicians who want adequate knowledge in wound care.

» Military medics (active duty), certified first responders and corpsmen 


As a result of completion of the WTA Program, the learner is expected to have knowledge and to demonstrate satisfactory performance of the following clinical skills in simulated situations:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Pressure ulcer prevention
  • Basic management of incontinence associated dermatitis and skin tears, documentation of Wound Status
  • Application of a four-layer compression wrap and measuring and ankle brachial index.
  • Understand the indications and contraindications of negative pressure therapy including a demonstration of the use of a Wound V.A.C. (Vacuum Assisted Closure)

Class Schedule: OCTOBER 23rd, 2019

NOTE: We will accept registrations until a week before the class date

DISCLAIMER:(*) In the event of less than 6 participants, instructor will set skills day location @ NEW ORLEANS, Los Angeles

(**) 6 or more participants, instructor will hold skills day @ Educate Simplify Training Center

Individual (One-time Payment)


Individual (Installment)*


Partial Payment**


Credit Card Payment Plan:
Full Tuition will be divided into
3 payments automatically charged every 2 weeks

Initial Payment = $500

$600/3 = $200.00
Auto-charged every 2 weeks


Initial Payment: $600

$500 will be automatically charged after a month

Group Payment Plan A (Installment)

  • 2-3 Students: Less $100 each
  • Initial Payment: $500
  • 500/3=$166.67 will be charged every 2 weeks

Group Payment Plan B (Installment)

  • 4-5 Students: Less $200 each
  • Initial Payment: $500
  • 400/3=$133.33 will be charged every 2 weeks

Have you successfully completed our WTA Program? CONGRATULATIONS!

It’s time to take the Wound Treatment Associate – Certified (WTA-C) Exam.

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RitKen & Associates

wound treatment associate program

Debbie Ritter is a Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse with experience in the home care/hospice, acute care, rehab and LTAC settings. As a clinician who has functioned in various roles from direct patient care to corporate program management, she offers realistic solutions to your WOCN needs.

A recognized leader with excellent personnel and team building skills, Debbie utilize this ability to build positive relationships with people in both clinical and non-clinical settings. She does possess extensive knowledge of the WOCN Society best practices relating to in-patient and home based wound management, utilizing this knowledge to develop strategies necessary to ensure the highest possible patient outcomes while maintaining clinical and regulatory compliance.

She has served on WOCN/OASIS-C, C1 advisory committee to CMS, as a content validation expert for WOCN Stoma Complications Document for clinician best practices and as a member of WOCN Document Review Task Force for review of Best Practice Documents. As a Clinical Integration Specialist, she shared responsibility for division wide specialty program development and implementation for the following:

  • Transitional Care Management across the continuum
  • Wound Management
  • Cardiac Management and Telemonitoring
  • Pulmonary Care
  • Diabetes Management
  • Behavioral Health
  • Incontinence Management
  • Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Implementation

RitKen & Assocites provide Wound, Ostomy, and Continence education tailored to meet your individual or institutional needs. As coordinators for the WOCN Wound Treatment Associate (WTA) Course,  boasting a > 96% pass rate for attendees over the previous 4 years – this course can be accomplished on-site or on-line (online course includes a one day face to face session for practical skill assessment and evaluation). Attendees are provided 24 CEU’s upon successful course completion and meet criteria required in preparation for certification with the WOCNCB (Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Certification Board).  Successful passing of the WOCNCB WTA Certification exam permits the licensed nurse to use the WTA-C Credentials (Wound Treatment Associate-Certified). The certification is good for 5 years which at that time the nurse may choose to re-certify if desired.

wound treatment associate programRelationship of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certified Nurses and Healthcare-Acquired Conditions in Acute Care Hospitals

Reducing healthcare-acquired conditions (HACs), such as hospital-acquired pressure injuries (HAPIs) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), is an important strategy for improving patient outcomes and decreasing costs in acute care hospitals. Both adverse events are part of US healthcare policy and patient safety initiatives, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) nonpayment to hospitals for the extra cost of treating these events.

Numerous patients receiving care in acute care facilities in the United States develop HAPIs; the annual estimated cost of HAPI care is $9.1 billion to $11.6 billion. Bergquist-Beringer and colleagues reported a 3.6% HAPI rate among all surveyed inpatients and 7.9% among those at risk. Patients who develop HAPIs experience pain, have lower health-related quality of life, and are more likely to die during a hospital stay.

Urinary tract infections are the most common hospital-acquired infection and about 80% are catheter-associated. Lo and associates reported that the daily risk of acquiring a urinary tract infection varies from 3% to 7% when an indwelling catheter is in place. Although the cost per case of CAUTI, ranging from $862 to $1007, is low relative to other HACs, the total financial burden for hospitals due to nonreimbursement is substantial. Other costs of CAUTI, such as patient discomfort, restricted activities of daily living, loss of dignity, potential for venous thromboembolism, and HAPI, have not been quantified.

WOC certified nurses are prepared to improve the level and quality of care (acute and rehabilitative) for people with selected disorders of the integumentary, genitourinary, and gastrointestinal systems. WOC certified nurses are RNs who are credentialed by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board in 1 or more specialty areas of wound, ostomy and continence care. Although evidence exists in studies using large samples about the effectiveness of WOC certified nurses in improving home healthcare outcomes (including urinary incontinence and pressure injuries) at both the individual patient care and agency level, little is known about the relationship between WOC certified nurses and HACs in acute care hospitals.

Using a large sample of acute care hospitals from the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI), our study aims were to (1) determine the numbers and types of WOC certified nurses employed in NDNQI hospitals, (2) compare the characteristics of NDNQI hospitals that do and do not employ WOC certified nurses, (3) describe HAPI rates and HAPI risk and prevention interventions in NDNQI hospitals that do and do not employ WOC nurses with wound care specialty certification, (4) examine the association between WOC nurses with wound care specialty certification and HAPI rates, (5) describe CAUTI rates in NDNQI hospitals that do and do not employ WOC nurses with continence and/or ostomy care specialty certification, and (6) examine the association between nurses with continence and/or ostomy care specialty certification and CAUTI rates. For this study, we included WOC nurses with the following specialty certifications: CWOCN (certified wound, ostomy and continence nurse), CWCN (certified wound care nurse), CWON (certified wound ostomy nurse), CCCN (certified continence care nurse), and COCN (certified ostomy care nurse). COCNs were included in the study because they may have been the only WOC certified nurse in a hospital. HAPI prevention interventions included skin assessment, redistribution surface use, repositioning, nutritional support, and moisture management. Hospital-acquired pressure injury and CAUTI rates included the total HAPI rate, HAPI stage 2 and higher rate, HAPI stages 3 and 4 rate, and the total CAUTI rate.

For purposes of this study, we assumed that WOC certified nurses influence nursing interventions and patient outcomes through several mechanisms. This assumption is based on their provision of direct care, education, and consultation to patients. In addition, they provide consultation and direction to non-WOC certified nurses. They also may be involved in developing procedures, guidelines, and protocols for patient care, as well as select supplies, beds, and the like. <<<Read More>>>