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How to Suture Wounds

26 Weeks
53 lessons
5 quizzes
1236 students

Learning how to suture wounds and lacerations requires a thorough understanding of the theory of wound care and the basic principles of suturing.

The Kit

How to Suture Wounds

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The Course

Learning how to suture wounds and lacerations requires a thorough understanding of the theory of wound care and the basic principles of suturing. The student also needs to reach an advanced level of proficiency by practicing knot tying and suturing techniques.

The Apprentice Doctor Suture Course and Kit is not intended to substitute the clinical training of students but rather to offer a firm foundation and an opportunity to experience his/her initial learning curve in an imitation situation –to fill the student with confidence when he is faced with the real-life clinical situation.


The course consists of 5 sections:

  1. The Suturing Kit
  2. Preparatory Projects
  3. Surgical Knot Tying
  4. Basic Principles of Wound Care
  5. Basic Suturing Techniques

Ensure that you understand each section and can perform the practical projects skillfully before proceeding to the next section. Do not skip a section because you think it is unimportant or too simple.

Basic principles are like that; although they appear uncomplicated, one still needs to understand and practice these simple building blocks before proceeding to and succeeding with the more complicated principles and applications.

Important note: In this suturing course, the word “suture” will be used as the verb/noun pertaining to the closing-up or stitching-up of wounds/lacerations /incisions. For more information regarding the word “suture” see:


Who Should Enroll In This Course?

  • Medical students
  • Physician Assistant (PA) students
  • Pre-medical students
  • Paramedics and EMT students
  • Dental students
  • Veterinary students
  • Nursing students
  • Surgery Interns/Registrars
  • Advanced First Aid practitioners
  • Medics in the military
  • Practicing Healthcare professionals who would like to improve or refresh their suturing technique
  • Students interested in a career in medicine
  • Individuals with a keen interest in the practical aspects of medicine



Home-based learning


Time Allowed

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+-60 Hours (including practical projects).

The Apprentice Doctor Academy recommends that the student not rush through the course (not more than 3 hours per day) to allow for consolidation of the information. The course could be done in less than a week with full-time study; however, it is recommended that you not rush and instead allow the information to consolidate in your mind.

Furthermore we recommend that you briefly review the previous day’s work before continuing each day. This will also consolidate the knowledge in your mind.


— Register with Apprentice Doctor Academy

— Enroll in Course

— Simulation Kit (optional but recommended to complete the practical projects and practice the techniques you learn)

Certified Credits

Equivalent to twenty-five shadowing hours

How to Suture Wounds


– The course and accompanying kit (including all items and instruments in the kit) are exclusively intended for educational and training purposes. No instrument or item may be used in a real clinical medical setting (emergency or otherwise).

– Without a formal medical qualification you may open yourself to medicolegal litigation if applying these techniques on the public.

The surgical gloves contain latex. We do supply latex-free gloves as an alternative on request.

– The course and kit is suitable for students 16 years of age and older. Adult supervision is recommended for students below the age of 18 years.

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About the Course Author
Dr. Anton Scheepers is founder of The Apprentice Doctor® and the Future Doctors Academy. Dr. Anton, as he is fondly known, is a Specialist Maxillofacial and Oral Surgeon with more than 35 years experience in the medical field.

He has completed rotations in General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery. He is president of The Apprentice Corporation which he founded in 2002 with a dream to helping future medical professionals reach their dreams.

Dr. Anton has had a colorful career which includes exploits such as treating leprosy patients in a large leprosarium, treating soldiers and civilians in a bush war in Africa, rendering medical services to prisoners – including death-row prisoners, and working with classified and dangerous psychiatric patients.

He started a medical sciences section in the largest Science Center in Africa – the Sci-Bono Discovery Science Center - and was involved with medical research in collaboration with Dr. Sandy Marks Jr. from the University of Massachusetts.

He is the head of the Premedical Sciences Department at the Solid Rock Community and Virtual Schools based in Tampa, Florida.

Authored Books Include:

- The Apprentice Doctor® - For Future Doctors Medical Course

- The Apprentice Doctor® - How to Suture Wounds Course

- The Apprentice Doctor® - Venipuncture Course

- The Apprentice Doctor® - Orthopedic Fracture Reduction Training Course

- The Apprentice Doctor® - Surgical Aseptic Technique

Awards and Commendations Include:

- P Grant Smith Gold medal for Maxillofacial Surgery

- The College of Medicine Silver Medal in Maxillofacial Surgery

- The Michael and Janie Miller Prize Final Year Surgery

- Commendation for excellent service rendering by the Director of the Department of Health

- Commendation for excellent service rendering by the director of Prison services