I Completed My Wound Care Course – Now What?
Have you completed your WoundEducators.com online wound care course? If so, congratulations! After completing the WoundEducators.com online wound care coursework, you will be required to take the final comprehensive course test. This WoundEducators.com test is to ensure that you retained the knowledge presented in our wound care course and that you are also prepared to take your certification exam. Upon passing the test at the end of the course, you will receive a continuing education credit for up to 60 hours.
The number of CE hours awarded is dependent on your current active license and the exact wound care course you took. Our online wound care courses are equipped with study guides, online flashcards, and interactive learning components that can be used to prepare for your final in-person certification exam. Because we feature an “Until You Pass” guarantee, you will be able to use your course materials to prep for your exam. If you are still unsure of which certification you should pursue, read our suggested wound care certifications.
Wound Care Certification Requirements
The path to certification will differ slightly for each certification you wish to achieve. You will need to provide documentation of current license, wound care course completion, and required CE contact hours or approved clinical experience for most wound care certification exams. You will also need to register for each wound care certification exam through the appropriate board – WOCN, AWBM, or NAWCO. You can create an online profile through each of these organizations and submit your appropriate documents and proof of qualification.
Getting Your CWCN Certification
In addition to the items listed above, If you wish to pursue the CWCN certification, you must also have:
- 50 CE wound care contact hours over the last five years and 1500 clinical experience hours over the past five years (at least 375 of those hours must be completed within the year prior to certification application).
- You must complete a wound, ostomy, and continence nursing (WOCN) education program duly accredited by the WOCN.
The CWCN exam is comprised of 120 questions and is offered at 450 testing centers.
The testing fee for one specialty is $395 and you will be given 120 minutes to complete the exam – roughly one minute per question.
Read through the full WCC application form to get started.
Getting Your CWCA, CWS, or CWSP Certification
All wound care certification exams administered by the AWBM – including the CWCA, CWS, CWSP certifications, will require you to have 3 years of clinical wound care experience in addition to completing an accredited wound care course like those offered through WoundEducators.com and proving you have an active license.
The certification exam is offered at AMP/PSI testing centers. In order to be approved for the certification exam, you must submit your application through AWBM and wait for a PSI email and postcard to arrive. You will then take this email or postcard to the PSI testing center of your choice. The examination is administered by appointment only, Monday through Friday, at either 9:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Saturday appointments may be scheduled based on availability. You must schedule your exam at least two days in advance, according to testing center regulations. The exam fee for CWCA is $375, CWS is $575, and CWSP is $995. We recommend that associate-level RNs, LVNs, LPNs, CNAs, and MAs pursue the CWCA certification. We recommend that any nurse with a Bachelor’s, Masters, or Doctorate degree pursue the CWS certification. BSNs can pursue the CWS or CWCN certification. Physicians, MDs, DOs, and DPMs should pursue the CWSP certification, which is the highest level of wound care certification achievement.
Getting Your WCC Certification
If you are trying to pursue your WCC certification, you will need to create an online profile and complete the initial certification application through NAWCO to register for the exam. Like most wound care certification exams, this exam is proctored in a regulated PSI testing center. To qualify to take your exam, you must follow either the preceptor, experiential, or the “other certification” pathway.
You can qualify for the experiential pathway if you have 4 or more years in a full-time wound care profession. In addition, you must have 60 approved contact hours of continuing education and wound care. If you do not have 4 years experience but have already obtained your CWS, CWCN, CWOCN, CWON, you qualify to take the WCC exam as an additional certification. The preceptor pathway may be ideal for those that have less than 2 years of full-time wound care experience but can complete 120 contact hours with an approved NAWCO clinical preceptor. It is important to note that the WCC is no longer an accredited certification, so your efforts to become wound care certified may be more beneficial through an accredited certification like the CWCS, CWS, CWSP, or CWCN.
Wound Care Certification Online Courses
Even if you do not have all required hours necessary to take the exam, you can still get a head start on becoming wound care certified by taking one of our online wound care courses. There is no requirement to take the course, and it will provide you with invaluable wound care management knowledge. By using the included study guides, you will be prepared to take your exam once you do meet all certification requirements.
I’m sorry I think I have contacted you before but if you are LPN with current WCC but need recertification…what course of yours would I take and how much is it? I’m trying to decide between you and WCEI for my recertification and I know I have to pay $330 through NAWC also. Thank you so much.
Hi Kay, for recertification, we recommend that you achieve a formally accredited wound care certification. (the WCC is not formally accredited at this time.) We have a $297 wound care certificate course and a 50 CE hour $797 LPN wound care certification course (which you can use towards the WCC if that is what you choose). I recommend that you read the following article to help you decide: THE IMPORTANCE OF A FORMALLY ACCREDITED CERTIFICATION IN WOUND CARE
Para las educaciones continúas que me interesan. Tengo certificación de CWSCN. Pero quiero saber como tomar los cursos de educación continúa. Me podrían decir.
Estoy interesada en tomar el board. A dónde debo buscar.
Gracias, espero su ayuda.
María, puedes usar nuestros cursos como educación continua. Ofrecemos un máximo de 60 horas CE, según el curso que tome. ¿Qué licencia de atención médica tiene actualmente?
It would have been extremely helpful to be able to listen to all of the lessons in the online course again before the national exam.
Thank you for your feedback! Our course access is 6-months, and affordable course extensions are available for purchase. In the event that someone does not the exam, they can send proof they took the exam and had an unsatisfactory score. We will then re-enroll them in the course until they pass – hence our Until You Pass guarantee. This Until You Pass additional access will be good for up to three years from the additional purchase date. We are also working on putting course refresher videos on YouTube – stay tuned!
Good luck on your certification exam if you haven’t already taken it!
Am Marie. I took the exam and I fail because all computer was shutdown on the the center. I call the 800 numbers to ask for a faver for 2nd chance. I don t have answer yet. Mean time I need to know how you can help me get in and better preparations. Thanks
If the testing center experienced a shutdown you should be eligible to retake the exam. I would reach out to the testing center to reschedule due to circumstantial events.
I have completed the online cwca for Lpn in 2017, thru wound educators.com and I have been working as a travel nurse , and would like to fine a preceptor but having difficulty with finding someone. Would like to take exam but to nervous, I’ve been a nurse for 6yrs and sometimes have to do my own wound care , don’t really know if that’s exceptable I’m now looking into physical classes setting., but before I do, Can you help me find a preceptor it will be a great help.
Diane, if you can prove you have had three years of combined wound care experience, you should have enough to take the exam. Our courses can help you prepare for the practical exam. For help finding a preceptor if you think you still need one, contact [email protected]
I completed this course and enjoyed it very much. One of the problems I had was that I could not access the CD. I tried it on several computers and could not access. Is there a way I could get another sent to me?
Also, is there a website that I can have access to practice questions before taking the exam at the testing center?
Thank you for your help
Tina Anne Alderson, RN
I am interested in enrolling as a wound nurse, I’m RN for 27 years, currently working at LTC for 7 years and ER for 5 years.
Mary, thank you for your commitment to wound care! We recommend the RN course – you can use it to either brush up on your skills or prepare for the CWS or WCC exam. RN Wound Care Certification Course
After completing the wound care course, you receive a certification. Does that expire?
The certification given for completing the course does not expire, as that is a completion certificate. If you are using the course to prepare for a wound certification exam such as the CWS or WCC, the test must be scheduled separately, and will expire every 5 or 10 years – almost all wound care certifications need to be renewed annually as well. See here for full wound care certification cost breakdown: Comparing the Cost of Wound Care Courses
I’m a CNA and I am interested in this course I do not have no associate’s degree do I need to get that first before I decide to take the course I do have 20 years of CNA experience.
I’m a doctor in Sri Lanka and I’m interested in mastering wound care , ifI take a course and qualify in the exam, will I be eligible for post graduate work permit ?
You an take our online course from anywhere in the world. To see exam qualifications – visit https://abwmcertified.org/certification-resources/ For work permits- we are not experts in that category, but can tell you that that would depend on your current licensure and the requirements of the particular job you had in mind.
I am very interested in becoming a wound care specialist what I would like to know is there are 450 test sites what I am hoping is that once I take the course is there a test site in North Carolina and if so where
Hey Yvette, our course is 100% online. To find an exam testing site near you, visit the https://home.pearsonvue.com/abwm page.
I am an RN/BSN with 20 years’ experience in LTC and have been a nursing instructor for the previous 10 years. I supervise students’ clinical experiences. Will those years in LTC in which I performed wound care count toward the provision or will I need to find a preceptor? Thank you I am really interested in taking this course!
Your experience in long term care counts towards your required experience. You can use our BSN course to prepare for either the CWS or WCC. Thank you for your commitment to wound care! BSN Wound Care Certification Course
How do I obtain my certificate of completion for proof of completion of course. Ia the WCC accredited or should I try for another
Hi Cheryl, if you successfully completed our course but did not receive your completion certificate, please email [email protected]. The WCC is an accredited certification, as well as the CWCA, CWS, CWSP, and CWCN. If you need help deciding which is best for your particular situation, experience, and licensure, please include that in your email and we’d be happy to offer an unbiased opinion!
I am very interested in your wound certification course for LPN, however could you please let prospective students know who your program is accredited by. All of the exam boards, regardless of license type, require education from an accredited program. Making this information important to prospective students. All I can seem to find on your website is “we are accredited by independent accreditation agencies.”
Hi Crystal, our accreditation info can be found here. We meet the educational requirement for the ABWM organizations and the WCC exam. Our course will prepare you for the CWCA or WCC as an LPN.
Tengo una duda puedo obtener esta certificación si estoy fuera de los Estados Unidos?
Puede tomar nuestro curso en línea desde cualquier parte del mundo. Recibirás un certificado de finalización después de terminar el curso. Para obtener la certificación nacional, debe solicitar y realizar el examen en un centro de pruebas ABWM o NAWCCB cerca de usted.