NAWCO®, the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy, announced on May 10th, 2019 that their Wound Care Certified WCC® certification received national NCCA® accreditation.
The NCCA®, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, independently reviewed the WCC® certification and determined that the material covered in the exam and the eligibility requirements met the program standards for accreditation. NCCA® accreditations are valid for 5 years. The WCC® certification was formerly accredited until 2013. This re-accreditation is huge news for the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy and healthcare professionals pursuing wound care certification.
WCC® Magnet Recognition
The WCC® Wound Care Certified certification is also part of the ANCC® American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program. Magnet Recognition certification data is used by the Demographic Data Collection Tool (DDCT) to help measure improvement goals for professional certification. Magnet Recognition is the most prestigious ANCC® distinction a health care organization can receive.
Healthcare professionals who can pursue the WCC® Certification include:
- Registered Nurses
- Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurses
- Nurse Practitioners
- Physical Therapists
- Physical Therapist Assistants
- Occupational Therapists
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Physician Assistants
In addition to having an active, unrestricted license, Wound Care Certified Candidates must also meet the experience and educational requirements to become WCC® certified.
WCC® Educational Requirements
The educational requirement for WCC® certification includes graduating from a wound care school that meets the criteria established by the certification committee. All of WoundEducators.com online wound certification courses meet the educational requirement for WCC® certification. (The 23-hour Introduction to Evidence-Based Wound Management course cannot be used to meet this requirement)
The education requirement is waived if the applicant is already wound care certified with one of the following wound care certifications:
- CWCN® Certified Wound Care Nurse (WOCNCB)
- CWON® Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse (WOCNCB)
- CWOCN® Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse (WOCNCB)
- CWS® Certified Wound Specialist (ABWM)
WCC® Experience Requirements
Experience for WCC® certification counts as either:
- Two years of full-time wound management work, or
- Four years of part-time work (must be at least 20 hours per week)
WCC® Preceptor Option
If the candidate meets one of the educational requirements but does not have the required experience, they can choose to undergo a 120-hour hands-on clinical training with an approved NAWCO® preceptor.
Other NCCA® accredited wound care certifications include:
- ABWM®’s CWCA® Certified Wound Care Associate, CWS® Certified Wound Specialist, andCWSP® Certified Wound Specialist Physician certifications.
- The WOCNCB®’s NCCA® accredited certifications include the CWOCN® Certified Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse, CWON® Certified Wound Ostomy Nurse, CWCN® Certified Wound Care Nurse, CCCN® Certified Continence Care Nurse, and CFCN® Certified Foot Care Nurse.
About the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA®)
The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2016 to ensure certification programs followed modern industry standards of practice.