Skin and Wound Care for Health Care Paraprofessionals

The skin and its components are called the integumentary system. It is an important protective barrier. Any abnormal opening in the skin, such as a wound, an injury, or sore area may result in the need for costly (financial, emotional, and physical) corrective action. This program is designed to review the integumentary system in its normal, healthy state and to examine some of the common health problems associated with skin problems. Additionally, various treatments for skin problems will be identified.

This is a self-paced course with optional knowledge check quizzes after each lesson. These non-graded quizzes allow you to check your understanding of the lesson objectives before proceeding to the next lesson. After the final lesson you will be required to take the final exam. You must score 70% or higher to pass the course and obtain a certificate of completion.

  • Identify the components of the integumentary system and their purpose
  • State the changes in the integumentary system expected with aging
  • Describe the steps in general care of the integument
  • State the process for perineal care
  • Compare and contrast common skin conditions
  • State the importance of prevention of skin breakdown
  • Identify the areas at greatest risk for skin breakdown
  • Identify the mechanical aids used to reduce risk of skin breakdown
  • Describe the process for proper wound care
Contact Time

1.25 Contact Hour: Based on 60 minute contact hour

Estimated Time

The estimated time for completion for this activity is 1.25 hour(s).

Intended Audience

This course is designed to meet the continuing education requirements of healthcare paraprofessionals, such as homehealth aide, nurses aide and personal care attendants.

Washington State DSHS CE Approval Code: - CE122682
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services approved this course for CONTINUING EDUCATION PURPOSES for long term care workers. 
Disclosure Statements:
Author Originating

Patricia Jump - RN PHN MA

Technical Nurse Consultant, President Acorn's End Training and Consulting. Patricia Jump received her Bachelor's in Nursing Degree from Winona State University and her Masters of Arts Degree in Health and Human Services Administration from St. Mary's University. She has over 25 years experience in the health care field and almost two decades of public speaking experience. As a professional trainer and consultant, Patricia conducts seminars across the country for all levels of employees in business, professional associations, educational organizations, churches, and government agencies. Additionally, she serves as personal coach, consultant, and retreat facilitator for home care leaders and organizations throughout the nation.


Materials used in connection with this course may be subject to copyright protection. Retention of the materials for longer than the class term, unauthorized further dissemination of the materials, or use of copyrighted materials in any way other than intended for this class is prohibited by Copyright and Teach Act laws.


This course was developed with Rochester Community and Technical College's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Division located in Rochester Minnesota. Development was funded from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System.

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Course Category
Paraprofessional Health