Six Tips for Evaluating Wound Care Certification Programs – Choose the Right One for Your Needs

Interested in becoming a certified wound care professional? Before registering in a program, you should do your homework first. Not all wound care certification programs are created equal.

The following are some tips to help you choose the right wound care program for your needs.

Background, Discipline, and Prerequisites

What is your educational background? Are you a nurse, physician, physical therapist or other licensed professional? Do you have experience in wound care that will be beneficial as you study? What are the prerequisites for the program you are contemplating? Be sure that you meet these prerequisites before enrolling in a program of study.

Wound Certification 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.

Length of Study

Are you in a hurry to become certified, or can you afford the luxury of time? Certification programs will vary in how long it takes the average person to complete the certification program, so you may want to check into this.

Mode of Study

Are you looking for a program that can be completed online? Most professionals these days are comfortable with online learning. If you are not, you may have to take some time to study each program for ease of use.


Does the program you are interested in offer online support or a tutor you can turn to if you have questions? This may be an important factor if or when the content becomes more difficult.

Wound Certification Requirements

Once you finish the course, what must you do to become certified? Is there an exam? Will you have to travel to write a certification exam and, if so, is there an examination venue close to you? Is there a cost associated with writing the exam? You may want to look into these factors before choosing your program.

Wound Educators offers wound certification courses designed to help you prepare for and pass any wound care certification exam. If you would like to evaluate the many wound care certification programs available, we offer a synopsis here.


  1. I am currently unemployed, BSN RN with at least 3 years wound care experience through home care nursing as well as hospital training. I live in a small town in Central Oregon and I am very interested in starting some courses toward becoming wound care / ostomy certified. Please help me get started toward this goal. I am ready to start now.

    1. You have the credentials to obtain a high level wound care certification such as the CWS or CWCN (both geared for those with a bachelors degree or higher). The path to certification will be to become Wound Care Educated ( and then take either of those certification exams

  2. Is there anyting certification for lpns? I have been doing wound care for 3 yrs now and I am a LPN and would love to get cerified.

    1. Great news in that an LPN can become wound care certified. We see most LPN’s taking the route of the LPN course and then going on to obtain the CWCA certification through the American Board of Wound Management

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