Wound Care Certification Exam
The Wound Care Certification (WCC) Exam is offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO) as a way to measure a candidate’s theoretical and practical knowledge about wound care management. It is usually an additional certification you can get on top of the standard wound care license to demonstrate advanced level competency.
Where Can I Take the WCC Exam?
The exam is available either as a computer administered test or as a pencil and paper test at testing centers across the United States. The computer administered test is more widely available so unless you really need the pencil and paper version, it’s the more convenient option.
Before you can take the test, however, you need to apply and prove your eligibility. The eligibility criteria include:
- Be an active, licensed medical professional (RN, LP/VN, physical therapist, doctor, physician assistant, etc.)
- Have either graduated an approved skin and wound management training course OR currently hold a CWCN, CWON, or CWOCN certification OR provide documentation that you have at least four years of experience participating in wound care either in active care, management, education or research (including at least 60 contact hours in wound care continuing education).
- Provide documentation that you are actively involved in wound care either in management, education, research, or active care for at least two years (if full time) or four years (if part time) within the last five years.
What Are the Most Important Things to Remember for Test Day?
Prepare to arrive at least 15 minutes before your appointment to check in. Candidates who show up late will not be allowed to take the exam and will not be refunded. So it’s better to ere on the side of too early than too late.
You also need to bring a valid, US government-issued photo ID such as a passport, driver’s license, or state-issued ID. If you do not have valid ID or your ID does not have the same name that you registered with, you won’t be allowed to take the exam. So double check that you’ve got it with you before you leave the house.
Beyond your ID, you won’t be allowed to bring any personal items with you so it’s better to leave them at home. However, it is recommended that you wear a wristwatch so you can keep track of the time during the test as some exam rooms don’t have clocks in them.
You will have exactly two hours to complete the exam and there are no scheduled breaks so if you need to take a break for any reason, the clock is still ticking. Given these conditions, it’s best to prepare yourself so that you won’t need to take a break during the two hours.
What Kinds of Questions Will I See on the Test?
The test includes 100 scored, multiple-choice questions that will cover a wide range of theoretical and practical hands-on skills in the following categories:
- Structures and functions of normal skin – 5 questions
- Identification and management of risk factors impacting skin integrity – 10 questions
- Wound healing process – 15 questions
- Patient assessment, data collection and analysis – 20 questions
- Wound etiology and description – 20 questions
- Treatment administration and management – 20 questions
- Education and training – 5 questions
- Legal, ethics, and policy – 5 questions
When Will I Find Out if I Passed the WCC Exam?
Immediately after you complete your exam and a short survey about the testing experience, you’ll be able to view your exam results and see whether or not you passed. The exact cutoff score needed in order to pass the exam is not made public.
Your official results will emailed to the email address you provided during registration within 7 to 10 days of your appointment.
Do I Need to Study for This Test?
If you are eligible to take this test, that means you have some practical experience with the content that you’ll see on this exam. However, you still need to brush up on your command of the standardized procedures, guidelines, ethics, and laws.
In other words, you should still study for the theoretical component of this test. For that, your best option is the Mometrix Study Guide which has compiled all of that important information in one easy-to-use guide.
You can also sharpen your test-taking skills and your memory of these key concepts by using Mometrix Flashcards. These beautifully designed, very portable flashcards are the perfect way to study with a friend or give yourself pop quizzes on breaks or on your way to work.
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