Preceptor FAQ

Question:

Can I complete the clinical preceptorship prior to attending the WCEI course?

Answer:

The course would need to be completed first, then followed by the preceptorship. This will ensure that you have the foundation of current standards of care before entering into the preceptor program.

Question:

How long after completing the WCEI course do I have in which to complete my preceptorship and then take the NAWCO® certification examination?

Answer:

You will need to complete the 3 week/ 120 hour clinical preceptorship within one year of course completion. You have a total of two years (and four exam attempts) from the course completion date in which to pass the NAWCO certification examination. (NAWCO suggests you do not wait too long to schedule your exam, in case you are unsuccessful on your first exam attempt and need to allow time for re-exams.)

Question:

Can my preceptor be anyone who is certified in wound care?

Answer:

Your preceptor must be certified by a nationally accredited program. Wound care credentials that would qualify include the WCC, CWCN, CWON, CWOCN, CWS.

Question:

My coworker is a CWCA. Could she serve as my preceptor for the WCC certification?

Answer:

No, the CWCA offered by the AAWM is not a nationally accredited program; therefore, it is not recognized by the NAWCO for our preceptor program.

Question:

Will my preceptor’s facility allow me as an outsider to come in and precept with one of their employees?

Answer:

This is entirely up to the facility. A number of certification programs do require preceptorships and many facilities are accustomed to allowing non-employees in to be precepted by their employees. However, they may require some type of agreement to be in place for liability reasons.

Question:

If I agree to become an NAWCO approved preceptor, will you give out my contact info to strangers?

Answer:

We will include in our NAWCO Preceptor Database only the contact info you agree upon, and will provide that to aspiring WCCs looking for a preceptor. They will then contact you to make the appropriate arrangements.

Question:

If I become a preceptor for aspiring WCCs, what’s in it for me?

Answer:

Precepting is a way to assist other clinicians that aspire to become a WCC. There is a personal fulfillment that one has by precepting as it’s a way of giving to others that will impact the quality of life for their patients.

Question:

Can I precept someone in their own facility?

Answer:

If the facility agrees to this arrangement then you can. They may first require an agreement to be in place, however, since you are not an employee. You may also precept someone in your own facility if your facility agrees to it. Again, an agreement may be required to be in place first.

Question:

If the facility where I am doing my preceptorship requires an agreement to be in place, will I need to provide that for them?

Answer:

Most facilities that do require an agreement to be in place will have their own document which they will ask you to sign.

Question:

I have a new graduate RN working at my facility who is interested in wound care. I am not certified in wound care. Can I become her preceptor?

Answer:

You must be certified in wound care in order to be a preceptor. Unfortunately, since you are not certified in wound care, you would not be able to precept her.

Question:

I want to become Wound Care Certified through the NAWCO. Can you help me find a preceptor?

Answer:

We have a list of approved preceptors that we can share with you. If you have tried unsuccessfully to locate a qualified preceptor in your area, you can contact the NAWCO click here and we will try to match you up with an approved preceptor in your area. It is still your primary responsibility to try and locate one first, however.

Question:

How much does it cost for a student to hire a preceptor?

Answer:

The NAWCO does not get involved in setting charges for preceptors. This is an arrangement between you and your preceptor.

Question:

I am a CNA, and I am going to school currently for my RN. I will have my license in about 6 months. Can I complete the course and preceptorship now, and then sit for the exam once I am licensed?

Answer:

You may take the course at any time, as no RN license is required. However, you must have your RN license prior to beginning the preceptorship, which must be completed within one year of course completion.

Question:

Do I have to pay to become a preceptor?

Answer:

No, you need only to complete the Preceptor portions of the NAWCO Preceptor Handbook (click here to download the Preceptor Handbook) and return it to the NAWCO for approval.

Question:

Do clinical preceptors get paid for their participation in my preceptor training?

Answer:

Preceptors may charge you for their time. The amount would be agreed upon between you and your preceptor.