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:
The number you need to call for PSI central scheduling is on your examination authorization letter. You will need that letter to schedule your exam and to get into the testing center.

Question:
I would like to know more about the Preceptor program. Will you help me find someone to Precept me?

Answer:
At this time, we are building a database of approved preceptors. We are also building a database of candidates looking for an approved preceptor. While it is your ultimate responsibility to find a preceptor, we will do our best to assist you by matching you up with someone from our database that is convenient to your location. After we match you up, it will be your responsibility to communicate and finalize all details of the preceptorship.

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

Answer:
Any exam candidate can take the exam a total of 4 times in a 2 year period beginning with the date of the original exam. The fee for taking the exam is $300 + a $30 application fee. After either 2 years or 4 attempts, a candidate must wait one year before attempting the exam again. At that time, the candidate must meet all eligibility requirements again to be approved for the exam. This may or may not include taking the approved course again.

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.