WCC Certification FAQs

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 options.

Candidate Exam Handbook

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

Question:

I am enrolled in the NAWCO® approved Skin and Wound Management course, how do I apply for the certification exam?

Answer:

Go to the NAWCO® home page and click the APPLY ONLINE button at the top center of the page.

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 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, Occupational Therapy Assistant, 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.

Question:

Is the WCC® credential a Magnet-recognized certification?

Answer:

WCC® is on the Magnet-recognized list of national certifications included in the Demographic Data Collection Tool™ (DDCT).