DWC® Certification FAQs

Question:

What is the DWC credential?

Answer:

The DWC is a specialized certification in diabetic wound management. It demonstrates a candidate’s proficiency and mastery of essential knowledge and skills of diabetic wound management. Diabetic wound management focuses on overall diabetic wound care and promotion of an optimal wound healing environment, including prevention, therapeutic interventions and rehabilitative interventions.

Question:

Who is Eligible?

Answer:

Applicants for the NAWCO DWC certification must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Hold a current, unrestricted license as an LPN/ LVN, RN, NP, PT, PTA, OT, MD, DPM, DO or PA
  2. Successfully complete an NAWCO approved “Diabetic Skin and Wound Management Course.”
  3. Must meet ONE of the following:
    1. Currently hold an accredited certification in wound care. (WCC®, CWS®, CWCN®, CWON®, CWOCN®)
    2. OR

    3. Document active involvement in the care of diabetic patients, or in management, education or research directly related to diabetes while actively licensed for at least two (2) years full-time/four (4) years part-time within the past five (5) years.
  4. Completion of application and required supporting documentation
  5. Payment of required fees.
  6. Receive passing score on the NAWCO DWC Examination.

Question:

How does it differ from a wound care certification?

Answer:

The DWC credential is specialty certification that will focus on wound care as it relates to the disease.

Question:

How long is the preparatory class and examination?

Answer:

The course is offered as a live instruction class or a self-paced online class. The live class is four full days of content. Candidates who complete the live class may sit for the national certification exam on site on the fifth day.

For candidates who choose the online class, the national certification exam is offered at a PSI testing center at their convenience. There are hundreds of computer testing centers located throughout the USA.

Question:

Why is the certification necessary?

  • Every 30 seconds a leg is lost to diabetes somewhere in the world.
  • 85% of all diabetes-related amputations are preceded by foot ulcers.
  • Documented competency is critical to ensure expertise. In addition to classroom discussion, the course involves several practical exercises to familiarize candidates with proper procedure.

Answer:

In America today, our aging population is growing to record numbers and the incidence of diabetes is on a steep rise. This means the need for more dedicated wound care clinicians has never been greater. The DWC certification ensures the industry, patient and peers that the successful candidate has the skill set and tested competency to treat diabetic wounds.

Question:

How is the DWC credential recognized?

Answer:

DWC is the only wound care certification in the specialty of diabetic wounds. It sets the highest threshold of certification making it recognized and relevant within health care. The DWC credential is a clear, strong indicator of a candidate’s tested competency.

Question:

What does the course cover?

Answer:

  1. Anatomy/Physiology
  2. Etiology/Epidemiology
  3. Diagnostics, Examination
  4. Prevention
  5. Treatment
  6. Multidisciplinary Care

Question:

Is the certification accredited?

Answer:

The objective of the DWC credential is to fulfill the need for more certified professionals treating diabetic wounds. As with any other new certification, as more and more clinicians become DWC certified, the certificant body will reach the level required for national accreditation. The NAWCO will take the DWC credential through the NCCA accreditation process at that point.