OnCourse Learning expands its online prelicensing and continuing education offerings via its acquisition of Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI), a provider of wound care education for healthcare professionals.

“Wound care impacts patients along nearly the entire care continuum,” says Patrick Sheahan, president and CEO of OnCourse Learning, in a media release. “By educating clinicians throughout the continuum, patient care can be more positively influenced thanks to Wound Care Education Institute’s library of courses.”

WCEI offers on-site and online courses, along with live and on-demand webinars. It was founded in 2002 in Lake Geneva, Wis, by Nancy Morgan, RN, BSN, MBA, WOC, DWC, OMS, and Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, DWC, OMS.

“Skin is the largest organ in the body, and more than 6.5 million people in the US suffer from chronic wounds,” Morgan states. “We have the ability to empower clinicians to make a difference in their patients’ lives. Becoming part of OnCourse Learning, which educates clinicians in 20 different healthcare professions, allows us to meet the educational needs of many more professionals.”

According to a 2017 study published in the Value in Health journal, annual Medicare spending for all wound types is estimated between $28 billion and $32 billion. In 2015, the federal government began penalizing hospitals and healthcare facilities based on measures of adverse events, including wounds, the release continues.

“Proper wound care is a major focus for our clients,” states Ken Ramirez, OnCourse Learning’s executive vice president, Healthcare. “They recognize its importance and the impact it can have on the patient experience and the overall quality of care. Incorporating the WCEI curriculum into the OnCourse Learning library of offerings will accelerate the number of wound care-certified clinicians and their impact on patient care.”

[Source(s): OnCourse Learning, PR Newswire]