Wound care certification cost can be described in two different ways – one which only considers the cost of the actual certification exam, and one which considers the overall wound care certification cost from start to finish. Most wound care certification exams cost between $380-995. On the other hand, wound care certification courses can range widely both in cost and in CE/CME hours provided. In addition to paying your exam fee, some wound care certifications also require you to have previously completed an accredited wound care course. Below we break down the cost of common wound care certification exams and overall cost when paired with one of our courses.
Wound Care Certification Cost Comparison Chart
NAWCO® Wound Care Certification Cost
To take your WCC® Wound Care Certification exam, there is a $380 combined exam and application fee. The WCC® is an accredited certification. The WCC® exam is administered by NAWCO®, the National Alliance of Wound Care & Ostomy. You can use any of our wound care certification courses to prepare for the WCC® exam.
The AWCC® Advanced Wound Care Certification exam is also offered by NAWCO®. To take your AWCC® exam, there is a $380 combined exam and application fee. The major difference between the AWCC® and WCC® certifications is that the AWCC® requires prior wound care certification through one of the other options shown in the chart above (WCC®, CWCA®, CWS®, CWSP®, or CWCN®).
NAWCO® also offers additional certifications including the NWCC® Nutrition Wound Care Certification which is the preferred certification for Dieticians. To learn more about all certifications currently offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy NAWCO®, visit our NAWCO® wound care certifications page.
AWBM® Wound Care Certification Cost
The AWBM® also has a similar wound care certification cost. The cost to take their exams is:
- CWCA® Exam Cost – $375
- CWS® Exam Cost – $575
- CWSP® Exam Cost -$995
Our wound care certification courses are widely used and extremely successful when used for preparing for the AWBM certifications. The ABWM® certification is valid for ten years, however, there is a yearly 6 hour CE requirements and a $150 yearly registration fee.
Learn more about the differences of each ABWM® Certification:
- The CWCA® Certified Wound Care Associate
- The CWS® Certified Wound Specialist
- The CWSP® Certified Wound Specialist Physician
WOCNB® Wound Care Certification Cost
The WOCNCB® exams and certifications are accredited certifications and are also competitively priced; the initial exam will cost $395, which covers the exam and application. Once you pass the exam, the certification is valid for five years. Besides being nationally accredited, another benefit of the WOCN certification is that there is no annual renewal fee within that five-year term.
The WOCNCB® offers multiple certifications:
- Foot Care Certification
- Wound, Ostomy, and Certification
- Wound Treatment Associate
- Advanced Practice Wound Certification
- CWCN Certified Wound Care Nurse (most common)
If you are a go-getter, the WOCNCB® also offers discounts when taking more than one certification exam at a time, with this application fee structure:
- Two Certification Specialties – $510 fee
- Three Specialties -$610 fee
- Four Specialties – $670 fee
The Wound Treatment Associate Exam offered by the WCONCB is $295. The WTA is not an accredited certification. The WTA exam must be taken by an LPN, LVN, or RN. Although the WTA is a less common path, it is still worth mentioning. In order to get your WTA-C credentials, you must complete 16 hours of clinical care under the direct supervision of a WOCNCB Certified Wound Care Nurse.
Courses with an Until-You-Pass Guarantee
Many healthcare professionals take our wound care certification courses to prepare for the wound certification exam. We offer an “until-you-pass” guarantee, which will give you course access until you successfully receive your certification (provided it is within 3 years of registration).
Wound Care Certification Cost: Courses
WoundEducators aims to keep our wound care certification cost for courses affordable for all healthcare professionals. Our accredited online wound care certification courses start at $897 for RNs, LPNs, LVNs, CNAs, and medical salespersons. Our wound care certification courses for Physicians, Occupational Therapists, BSNs’, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants are $997. Courses are approved for 50-60 CE/CME hours. We encourage you to shop around for pricing as you research wound care certification options. WoundEducators offers more CE hours per dollar spent than any other accredited wound care certification on the market.
Look Out for Non-Accredited Certifications
Look out for courses that may provide you with useful wound care knowledge, but will not fully prepare you for the certified exam(s)! Many times, these are easily spotted because of the low cost these are offered for. With these certificate courses, you will need additional coursework if you plan on registering to take the AWCC®, WCC®, CWCN®, CWCA®, CWS®, or CWSP® certification exams. While these courses still offer continuing education hours, they cannot be used to meet the education required for most accredited wound care certification exams. Their purpose is for accelerating wound care practices and professional knowledge. (example: Vohra)
Comprehensive Wound Care Certification Cost
The complete wound care certification cost combined with one of our preparation courses is very cost-effective for any certification you choose. Although the certifications listed above all require you to have a certain amount of clinical experience, knowing the cost will allow you to make better decisions about your future career path. By breaking down wound care certification cost, we want to make sure that you have no surprise costs and can budget appropriately when trying to achieve certification.