CWCN® Practice Test

Wounds are serious issues. If they’re not treated properly, they can become life-threatening. Wound, Ostomy, and Continence (WOC) nurses are the front line of treating patients with health issues that include bed sores, wounds that won’t heal, and more. The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB), since 1978, has certified these specialists with the Certified Wound Care Nurse designation. Holders of this voluntary certification distinguish themselves from others since they’ve proved their knowledge and skills in the field. This guide provides a look at the certification test and recommends study materials that can help you prepare.

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What are the eligibility requirements to take the Certified Wound Care Nurse exam?

First-time candidates must have a registered nurse’s license and hold at least a bachelor’s degree in any subject. They also must either:

  • Have graduated from an accredited wound, ostomy, and continence nursing education program within the last five years. The program must also be accredited by the WOCN Society at the time the candidate graduates, or
  • Meet a minimum number of certification and clinical hours. Please check the WOC guidelines.

I’m eligible to take the exam. How long can I wait before I take it?

Candidates, once approved, have one-year to take the test. Candidates can take the test three times within each 12-month period.

What is the exam fee?

The test costs $395.

CWCN Certification Exam Questions

CWCN Certification Exam Questions

What’s on the Certified Wound Care Nurse exam?

The Certified Wound Care exams tests wound care knowledge in seven different areas:

  • How factors affect wound care includes various interpretations, including nutritional status like diet history, and pain interpretations via verbal and nonverbal means.
  • Wound care management principals including wound healing complications, wound cleansing regimens, and would healing education for patients and caregivers.
  • Pressure management assessment and management includes knowledge of pressure related wounds, risk assessments, wound interventions, and more.
  • Lower extremity venous disease assessment and management includes vascular studies, edema management, and differences in wound etiology.
  • Lower extremity arterial disease assessment and management includes invasive and noninvasive interventions and recommending the appropriate consultations.
  • Lower extremity neuropathic disease assessment and management.
  • The assessment and management of other types of wounds.

Where can I take the exam?

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board use a third party to administer the test. There are more than 450 testing centers across the United States so one should be convenient for you.

How many questions are on the exam?

There are 120 total questions. Of those, 110 are scored, and ten are unscored.

How long do I have to complete the Certified Wound Care Nurse exam?

Candidates have 120 minutes (two hours) to complete the test.

How is the exam scored?

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board use a scaled score system to determine passing grades.

What if I fail the exam?

Candidates may retake the test for a $295 fee.

Should I arrive at the test center early?

Yes. Please arrive at least 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled test time because late arrivals won’t be allowed to take the test.

What type of identification will I need when taking the Certified Wound Care Nurse exam?

Candidates must bring identification that contains a photo and signature. A driver’s license and passport are examples of acceptable forms of ID.

Can I bring personal items into the testing room?

No. As in most cases, you can’t bring mobile phones and electronic devices into the testing room. Books, bags, hats, hoods, food and water and among the items you can’t bring in. Family members aren’t allowed in the testing room. Please check for a complete list of prohibited items.

What study materials can help me prepare?

Mometrix has the tools you need to prepare for the Certified Wound Care Nurse exam, and you’ll need it. Less than 77 percent of all test applications pass the exam. Our flashcards are perfect for busy professionals. They’re easy to carry with you, contain answers to the most difficult questions, and show you the learning power of repetition. Our study guide breaks down the toughest problems in plain English, shows how random bits of information often give away answers, and more. Both are excellent materials as you prepare for this difficult exam.

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: September 12, 2019