If you have been researching online wound care certification options, you may have stopped after being bombarded with a host of acronyms. Fear not- we’ve listed the various wound care certification options to help you easily compare.
Wound Care Boards vs Certifications
Wound care certification boards are the ones that offer and regulate wound care certifications. The following are some of the most well-known wound care certification boards:
- American Board of Wound Management (ABWM)
- Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Board (WOCNCB)
- National Alliance Wound Care Ostomy (NAWCO)
Each wound care certification board has different requirements. Click below to learn more about each:
Accredited ABWM® Wound Care Certifications
Accredited NAWCO® Wound Care Certifications
Accredited WOCNCB® Wound Care Certifications
Compare Wound Care Certification Cost
The current cost of accredited wound care exams ranges from $330-$995. Some wound care certification boards also require you to pay an application fee in addition to the exam cost, which could range from $45-$95. Like all wound care certification prep courses, the cost of the exam is not included in the WoundEducators’ course price.
When comparing wound care certifications, it is also necessary to keep track of important certification renewals and dates. The ABWM certifications are valid for ten years with a $150 annual renewal fee. The WOCNCB and NAWCO certifications are valid for five years.
Wound Care Certification Options
Because there are so many certification programs available, it can be difficult to decide which program to pursue. The acronyms alone can be overwhelming!
Unfortunately, the sheer number of wound care certification options available makes it difficult to make a decision regarding which type of certification to pursue. Below, we simplify the process, showing you how to make the best choice for your unique needs.
Wound Care Education – The Differences May Surprise You
First of all, you need to acquire the necessary knowledge. You can do this by taking a comprehensive wound care certification course. Before enrolling in a wound care course, consider the following:
- Background and Discipline – What is your educational background? Are you a nurse, physician, physical therapist or other licensed professional? Is the wound care certification course that you are considering tailored to your unique educational background? Be sure that the wound course you choose is appropriate for your educational background and degree, versus a “one size fits all” program. Our wound care courses are designed to educate based on your specific degree and current knowledge.
- Cost – Cost may be a factor for you if you are planning on paying to become certified on your own. If your employer is footing the bill, or bearing a portion of the cost, they may have a preference as to which certification program you pursue. Our wound certification courses start at $797, which is almost one-third the cost of some of the traditional seminar courses being offered.
- Continuing Education Credit – How many CE/CME hours does the course offer? What is the cost/hour? The price of our physician wound certification course cost is $897 and provides 60 CME hours, which equates to less than $15/CME hour. Included in this fee is 6 months of access to the course and all course materials. How does this compare to some of the programs you may have already considered?
- Length of Access – How long do you have access to the course? Typically seminar courses are only offered for a few days, whereas online courses provide longer access. WoundEducators.com provides six months of unlimited access with the option to renew for a small administrative fee.
- Mode of Study – Are you looking for a program that can be completed online? Most professionals these days are comfortable with online learning. At WoundEducators.com, we’ve created a highly effective set of unique, interactive teaching tools for optimum learning and retention. In addition, our courses allow you to proceed at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.
- Guarantee – Does the course offer a guarantee if you do not pass the wound care certification exam? All of our courses offer a “until you pass” risk-free guarantee allowing you additional course access if you do not pass the wound certification exam.
- Takeaways- – Does the course you’re considering offer any takeaways so that you can continue your education? We provide a course outline, textbook(s), a CD, sample wound products and a product resource guide listing and comparing hundreds of current wound care products on the market, all included in the course fee.
Wound Certification Options – The Choices May Surprise You
Once you have completed your wound care training, you can take the exam to become wound care certified. There are a variety of wound certifications available depending on your level of education.
What many people do not know is that in order to achieve accreditation, a wound certification board must offer multiple levels of entry to sit for the wound certification exam. This was done so that wound certification would measure knowledge and NOT force practitioners to take a specific course.
Unfortunately, not all wound care certification bodies and programs make these options clear. Regardless of your educational background, there is a wound care certification that is right for you.
At WoundEducators.com, we have tailored our online wound care programs to specific groups of professionals- regardless of your educational background, one of our online wound certification courses is sure to meet (and surpass) your needs. Not sure about the necessary requirements to sit for the wound certification exam of your choice? You can also learn about the importance of an accredited wound care certification with our latest whitepaper.