WCC Certification FAQs

Question:

I have been approved to take the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy WCC examination at a PSI testing center. How do I schedule that exam?

Answer:

You will receive an email from PSI testing centers and that email will contain information on scheduling your examination at your convenience, using their online system.

Question:

I failed the NAWCO exam. Can I take it again?

Answer:

Any exam candidate can take the exam a total of 4 times. Time limits apply, please see the WCC Candidate Examination Handbook for full details. The fee for taking the exam is $300 + a $30 application fee.

Question:

I am interested in taking the exam to become wound care certified. What do I need to do??

Answer:

First you need to determine your eligibility pathway. Once you determine that, you would need to complete the examination application paperwork that corresponds with the pathway you choose and submit it with the required fees.

Question:

I am a Surgical Assistant working with wound care patients. Am I eligible to become certified as a WCC?

Answer:

At the present time, only those professions listed are eligible:
Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Podiatrist, Physician or Physician Assistant.

Question:

How can you certify different types of professionals with the same examination and credential, since they all practice at different levels?

Answer:

Certificants must practice within the scope of their professional license. This is true regardless of the type of specialty certification, or the organization awarding it. So being wound care certified does not supersede the scope of practice of your basic professional license.

Question:

I would like to know if wound care certification is included in the ANCC certifications?

Answer:

The ANCC offers their own certifications in various nursing specialties, but they do not offer one in the specialty of wound care.