Preceptor Program Introduction

The NAWCO® Preceptor Program

 The Preceptor Program is one of the optional pathways to earn WCC® certification. This option allows licensed, healthcare clinicians who have a strong interest in wound care and a passion for healing wounds but do not meet the required criteria to earn the WCC credential through the other pathways. This program includes a NAWCO® approved educational course and 120 hours with a WCC preceptor in the clinical setting.

The Preceptor Program is a great leadership opportunity for WCCs and other wound care certified professionals. Each preceptor will be the teacher/mentor for a WCC candidate wishing to receive his/her WCC certification credential.

Approved Preceptors must meet the following qualifications:

  1. Current unrestricted professional license as a: Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupation Therapy Assistant, Physician or Physician Assistant
  2. Current active certification “WCC” or current active certification with Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) as a “CWCN”, “CWON”, “CWOCN” or Current active certification with American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) as a “CWS”.
  3. At least two (2) years of clinical experience in wound care within the last five (5) years, and a minimum of one (1) year of experience since wound care certification.
  4. Sufficient clinical population and opportunities to provide hands-on wound care skills and learning experiences to the student. a. Acute Care and Long Term Care – Average of 6-10 patient visits per day. b. Home Health Care – Average of 3 – 6 patient visits per day.
  5. Approval from employer/state licensure board (if required)

The Preceptor will introduce the WCC candidate to all the wound care scenarios that would pertain to the scope of the candidate’s specific licensure. They must also agree to complete all forms and logs that are required by the NAWCO. If you have a desire to teach and to share your knowledge and experience to help a fellow clinician, the NAWCO Preceptor Program is for you.

WCCs may use their experience as an approved Preceptor working with at least one WCC candidate as a Recertification option.

For full program details, download the Preceptor Program Handbook, Click Here

Preceptor Program Presentation

This presentation was written by Ottamissiah Moore, RN, WCC, DWC, GC, CSD-LTC
President of the NAWCO Board of Directors.
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