Online Diabetic Skin and Wound Management Course
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Overview

Save Lives and Limbs

Gain the advanced clinical knowledge and confidence to make a significant difference in diabetic wound outcomes in your practice. Becoming Diabetic Wound Certified® (DWC®) can help you save the lives and limbs of patients in your care. Be inspired and see dramatic improvements in your abilities with this WCEI® online Diabetic Skin and Wound Management course.
 

Build Your Career While Making a Difference

This self-paced online course focuses on overall diabetic wound care and promotion of an optimal wound healing environment including prevention, limb salvage, therapeutic and rehabilitative interventions. The course prepares you for the Diabetic Wound Certified® (DWC®) certification exam offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO®).
 

Online Classroom Learning

This online course is narrated by a board-certified DWC® instructor and allows you the flexibility to advance your education without disrupting your personal or work life. The benefits of taking our online course include:
  • Designed to allow students to learn at their own pace over the 90-day access period
  • Ability to connect to the online learning system anywhere internet is available
  • Ability to start and pause course modules any time
  • Lessons are engaging and designed to increase material retention
  • Eliminates travel time and expense

Diabetic Wound Care Certified (DWC®) Examination

Interested in sitting for the DWC® certification examination? After registering for the course, you will receive instructions on how to complete the NAWCO® exam application and pay exam fees. NAWCO® will review your application and determine whether you meet eligibility requirements

Students who have completed the online Diabetic Skin and Wound Management course can take the NAWCO® DWC® examination at a computer-based testing facility managed and administered by PSI Services.
 

Can’t Find a Course Near You?

With a minimum class size of 10, WCEI® can bring a certification course right to your facility, where you can include fellow healthcare providers and make the course a community event.

DWC® Candidate Exam Handbook
Course Content

Schedule

Once the initial online module is started, you have 90 days to complete all thirteen modules at your own pace. After completing the online Diabetic Skin and Wound Care Management course, you can take the NAWCO® DWC® examination at a computer-based testing facility managed and administered by PSI Services.

Online Modules

  • Section 1    Foundations of Diabetes Management
  • Section 2    Neuropathy
  • Section 3    Cutaneous Aspects of Diabetes
  • Section 4    Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Wound Healing
  • Section 5    Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam
  • Section 6    Diabetic Foot Ulcer Infection
  • Section 7    Principles of Wound Management
  • Section 8    Topical Wound Management
  • Section 9    Treatment Diabetic Foot Ulcers
  • Section 10  Adjunctive Therapies Diabetic Foot Ulcer Treatment
  • Section 11  Treatment of Charcot Neuropathic Osteoarthropathy
  • Section 12  Offloading the Diabetic Foot
  • Section 13  Nutrition, Depression and Pain
  • Section 14  Peripheral Arterial Disease and Diabetes
  • Section 15  Amputation and Limb Care
  • Section 16  Care of Skin and Nails Neuropathic Foot
  • Section 17  Interdisciplinary Concepts

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the difference between type I and type II diabetes.
  • Discuss overall epidemiology of diabetes and incidence of diabetic foot ulcers.
  • Discuss the basic anatomy and physiology of the foot.
  • Describe the gait cycle.
  • Identify two of the major functions of normal gait.
  • List the six clinical presentations of diabetic neuropathy.
  • List the neuropathic pain descriptors of distal symmetrical sensorimotor polyneuropathy.
  • Differentiate characteristics of somatic and autonomic nervous system.
  • Identify five components of a comprehensive diabetes foot exam.
  • Summarize risk factors, causes and classification of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs).
  • Name and explain characteristics of at least three common skin complications associated with diabetes.
  • Discuss overall effects of diabetes and impaired wound healing.
  • Classify diabetic foot infections and choose treatments based on classification.
  • Summarize assessment findings and treatment recommendations for diabetic foot ulcer complicated by osteomyelitis.
  • Explain the theory of moist wound healing.
  • Identify five factors which enhance or impede the wound healing process.
  • Identify five different dressing categories for topical wound management.
  • Select safe topical treatment options based upon wound assessment and goal of wound care.
  • Select appropriate diabetic foot ulcer treatments and interventions based upon wound characteristics and goal of treatment.
  • Demonstrate procedure for conservative sharp debridement.
  • Explain the rationale for offloading and footwear in the patient with neuropathy.
  • Distinguish at what point in the diabetic wound one should consider “adjuvant therapy."
  • Explain the importance of nutritional interventions and glucose control for the wounded diabetic.
  • Describe and differentiate examples of diabetes related distress and diabetes associated depression.
  • Define two clinical terms associated with pain.
  • Identify four characteristics of peripheral arterial disease.
  • Summarize types of pain and potential complications experienced post amputation.
  • Demonstrate application of total contact cast.
  • Summarize basic nail and skin care recommendations for the person with diabetes.
  • Describe three interventions or methods to assist patient in compliance with care plan.
  • Demonstrate procedure for trimming and filing of toenails.
  • List three types of adult learners and describe one example of each.
  • Discuss importance of evidence based standards of care, and specify examples of two diabetes associated practice guidelines.
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Financial Options

Tuition Rate

$1,497  WCEI® Individual Alumni Rate
$2,597 Individual Student

Examination fees: Fees are not included in the tuition rate.  After registering for the course, you will be directed to complete the exam application and pay any exam fees.

Group Code: A group code identifies a course tuition rate for organizations who have an agreement with WCEI®. The code is given to individuals associated with the organization who are taking a course. The code, if applicable, must be used when registering for the course.

Included with Tuition

  • Self-paced learning with access to course modules for 90-days
  • 26.75 continuing education contact hours upon completion
  • WCEI® Diabetic Skin and Wound Care Management course workbook
  • Learning aides: glossary, sample questions and more
  • Pre-exam certification review (course review)
  • Exclusive access to resource materials
  • Live instructor tutoring available by appointment

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What Others Say Matters
 
“I would absolutely recommend taking the wound care certification course. I thought I knew what I was doing before the course, but after the course, I was way more confident and I could just build on those skills after that. I don’t think anybody should be doing wound care without the certification. It just adds so much to your knowledge and confidence and knowing what you’re doing to treat the wounds. And since my colleague and both I got certified, our wound care rates are through the roof-- they’re just amazing!”
Tara Swan, FNP, WCC, Carroll County Memorial Hospital
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