Refresher Diabetic Wound Management Course

Refresh your Diabetic Wound Care knowledge with our online refresher course. This course is only available to individuals who have completed the WCEI® Diabetic Wound Management course within the past 3 years. 
Tuition Cost
Schedule & Content

Are you preparing to take the DWC® certification exam, but need a little extra study time? Or are you looking for help brushing up on your knowledge and skills? This self-paced, online diabetic wound-care refresher course - which is only open to individuals who have taken the WCEI® Diabetic Wound Management course - offers 180 days of access to the online training modules. All digital course materials and resources will be available on your dashboard.

This online course will prepare you to pass the DWC® certification examination offered by NAWCO®, and set you on the path to a better career - and better clinical outcomes for your patients.

Course Eligibility Details

  • This refresher course is only available to individuals who have taken the Diabetic Wound Management course within the past 3 years.
  • Before registering for this course, confirm eligibility with the Wound Care Education Institute admissions office by emailing  [email protected]
  • This course is designed as a review and does not provide continuing education credits.

Accreditation Information

WCEI Jointly Accredited Provider logo In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
CDR Commission on Dietetic Registration Logo As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.
Dietetics-related continuing education from Relias LLC, regardless of target profession, is acceptable, if the learning relates to the Competencies/Performance Indicators (PIs) on the learner's Step 1 Learning Plan.
Relias LLC is a licensed physical therapy continuing Education sponsor (#216.000290) by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Certificates must be retained by the licensee for a period of 5 years after course completion. Please check with your state for prior approval.

Tuition Cost

Online Refresher Tuition Rate

$297  WCEI® Individual Alumni Rate 

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.

Included with Tuition

  • Self-paced learning with 180 days of access
  • Learning aides: glossary, sample questions and more
  • Exclusive access to resource materials
  • Pre-exam certification review (course review)
  • Nutrition and Wound Healing Supplement for RD/RDN

Financial Options Cancellation Policy

Schedule & Content


Upon purchasing the course you have 180 days to access and review all modules. After completing the online course, work with your selected credentialing board to schedule your certification exam at a testing center.


Online DWC Course 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.
What Others Say Matters
“I am a Registered Dietitian working in a Long-Term Care Facility. After talking with a fellow worker, I decided to pursue the NWCC certification to advance my understanding and competency in wound care from a nutritional perspective. I learned so much and now have the knowledge to support the wound care team with proper nutritional interventions. I am also grateful for the recognition and respect of the nurses and physicians on our team.”
Tami Pruitt, MS, RD, NWCC
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