Advanced Wound Management Strategies | ACOLS

Advanced Wound Management Strategies

This 2-day course is designed to cover evidence based information to improve the participant’s assessment, management, and treatment skills for treating patients with chronic wounds.

During this interactive course, the speaker will cover topics ranging from wound assessment to wound differentiation to advanced treatment modalities that participants will be able to apply to various types of patients with wounds.  There will be time allowed for hands on demonstrations which will include total contact cast demonstration, electrical stimulation, performing bed-side ABI’s as well as advanced wound care modalities such as negative pressure devices, contact and non-contact low-frequency ultrasound.

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to apply evidence based learned information to effectively assess a chronic wound, formulate a treatment plan based on their findings and select advance modalities appropriately to treat chronic wounds.  This course will assist participants in determining how to progress chronic wounds through the normal healing process.

This course is open to all therapists who would like to further their education in wound care management.

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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • List the three components of bed preparation
  • Review the differences between an acute and a chronic wound
  • Determine if a wound is colonized or infected
  • Differential an arterial, venous, mixed or diabetic wound
  • Perform a complete wound assessment and establish a treatment plan
  • List advanced modalities available to wound management professionals
  • Recognize available dressing categories and be able to select them appropriately
  • Name several atypical wounds and their etiology
  • Explain the importance of debridement in wound healing
  • Apply negative pressure wound therapy device and use other modalities appropriately


Frank Aviles, Jr., PT, CWS, WCC, FACCWS, CLT, Wound Care Instructor
Faculty, Medical Advisor Academy of Lymphatic Studies
Frank is a physical therapist with 21 years of clinical experience.  He received his BA in Physical Therapy in 1991 from Florida A&M.  He is an APTA member since 1990, member of the Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management Section, obtained his Certified Wound Specialist designation through the American Academy of Wound Management, obtained his Wound Care Certificate through the National Alliance of Wound Care, current member of the American College of Certified Wound Specialist and received his CLT designation from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies.  He is a clinical consultant for an advanced modality company, serves on the speaker bureau for several wound care companies, involved in developing multidisciplinary skin-wound care programs, presented posters at conferences and has provided educational opportunities at the academic level as well as continuing education classes for healthcare professionals.  Frank is currently the Clinical Director and Wound Specialist at Louisiana Extended Care Hospital-LTAC facility for the LHC Group in Natchitoches, LA.  He assists LHC with wound care education throughout their facilities and sees patients in the acute care, home health, nursing home and outpatient arena.  He also consults for various facilities throughout the continuum on managing difficult wounds.


This course is open to all therapists who would like to further their education in wound care management.

It is recommended, not required, that you purchase the textbook "Lymphedema Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners" by Joachim Zuther.  For students registering for this course, we offer a discounted price for the textbook of $70.00 (regularly $89.90) plus shipping.  To purchase the textbook with your online registration, click here to place your order (enter Coupon Code OE70 during checkout) or simply email our Admissions Representative through our contact form and tell them you would like the textbook added to your registration.  There will be an additional charge of $70.00 plus shipping added to your registration receipt.  All receipts will be emailed to you within 24 business hours.


The tuition for this course is $395.00.  We offer our alumni a 10% discount.  If you register online, the discount will be applied automatically upon confirmation of alumni status.


To register for this class, simply click here.  This will take you to our Schedule of Courses where you will be able to select the course of your choice and register.  If you register online, your confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you within 24 business hours after registration.

If you would prefer to register via telephone, simply call our Admissions Representative at:

(800) 863-5935 x2 / (772) 589-3355 x2

We are available Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm EST.

Dates and Locations

The Academy of Lymphatic Studies now offers more classes in more locations, allowing the student to choose which location best serves their needs.  Click here to see our current Schedule of Courses.


This course is 2 days in length (16 contact hours).  The classroom hours are 8:00am – 5:00pm daily.  There will be approximately one hour for lunch every day.

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's)

This course is 16 Contact Hours.  CEU's are available.  Each state and profession is different, so please contact our Admissions Department for more detailed information regarding CEU approvals.  Academy of Lymphatic Studies is an approved provider for AOTA and NCBTMB.

What to Bring

  • Bring your textbook (if you have it).
  • Two sheets to cover the treatment tables and draping.
  • Pen/Pencil/Highlighters, as these may be useful for highlighting your manual.

All other class materials will be given to you on the first day of class.

What to Wear

Certain techniques that are practiced during classtime may require direct contact with the skin.  Please have the following items available for class labs:

  • Ladies: Bathing suits, halter-tops, sports bras, shorts
  • Gentlemen: shorts, or bathing suit.

It is recommended you wear these items under comfortable clothing. The days can be long, so we want you to be as comfortable as possible. You may also want to bring a light jacket with you to class. Classroom temperatures can be difficult to regulate.

Where to Go

The location/hotel information will be provided to you upon registration.  This will have detailed information on the location and accommodations of the course, including directions, special rates, etc.

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