Skin & Wound Care Certification Course - Online

Our self-paced online Skin & Wound Management course helps you prepare for the wound care certification. 

Tuition Cost
Schedule & Content

Advanced Clinical Knowledge That Inspires And Changes Lives

All Levels of Nursing - Physicians - Physical Therapists - Occupational Therapists - Registered Dietitians

Our educational programs help you build advanced clinical knowledge that leads to long-lasting benefits - for yourself and your patients.  You can also receive continuing education contact hours through additional cutting-edge seminars, webinars and research opportunities.

Online Skin and Wound Management Course - Relias Live Platform's Advanced Wound Care Education System

This online course is narrated by a WCC® certified instructor and allows you the flexibility to advance your education without disrupting your personal or work life. And the course has been enhanced! It now uses the Relias Live Platform interactive learning technology, which prepares you for the wound care certification examination with study tools that create a learning path just for you.

With the Relias Live Platform, you can:

  • Learn at your own pace with a 180-day access period (from date of registration).
  • Access to your digital course workbook.
  • Take lessons that keep you engaged and increase material retention.
  • Customize a study plan that sets daily goals that change based on your retention.
  • Get real-time readiness data that tracks progress and proficiency.
  • Test your knowledge with helpful practice questions.
  • Use study-support tools like learning games and clever digital flashcards to quickly review concepts.
  • Take full-length, timed practice exams that simulate test day and gauge your readiness.
  • Eliminate travel time and expense to attend onsite classes.

Certification Examination

Your clinical experience and the knowledge gained from the course will help prepare you for a wound care certification exam.

After registering for the course, if you plan to sit for a certification exam, you will select a credentialing board, complete their exam application, and pay their certification fees.  The credentialing board determines your exam eligibility.  

Leave Your Worries Behind with Test Prep Confidence

To support our learners and business partners, the Wound Care Education Institute® offers Test Prep Confidence. If you complete our Skin and Wound Management (SWM) certification course but do not pass the NAWCO® Wound Care Certified (WCC®) or Nutrition Wound Care Certified (NWCC) credentialing exam, we will provide 6 months of free access to the online Skin and Wound Management course for continued study. Simply send a copy of your exam results to [email protected] within 30 days of receiving them.

Test Prep Confidence can help make sure you accomplish your ultimate goal — wound care certification!

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for multiple professions including nurses, physicians, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other healthcare professionals interested in wound care.


Nurses: 38 contact hours
Occupational Therapists: 3.8 AOTA CEUs
Physical Therapists: 38 contact hours
Dietitians: 38 contact hours
Physicians:  38 CE credits

Additional Information For OT/OTA:

Approval Period: 08/02/21 - 08/02/26

Relias LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development.

Approval Period: 08/02/2021 - 08/02/2026
Course approval ID# 0000002731
Delivery Format: Distance Learning - Independent
Educational Level: Intermediate
Category: Foundational Knowledge

Physician Continuing Education Credit

Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 38 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
To request a CME credit certificate after you have completed the online evaluation, please email [email protected] or call 877-462-9234.


None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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.
American Occupational Therapy Association Provider Logo Relias LLC is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
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

Tuition Rate

$1,897 Individual Student
Recertification Information

Certification Examination Fee: Fees are not included in the tuition rate.  You will need to select a credentialing board, complete their exam application and pay 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 180-days

  • Contact hours upon completion (visit “Certificates” tab)
  • Access to your digital course workbook

  • Exam prep tools including flashcards, end of lesson knowledge questions, and optional practice exams

  • ​Tools: pen and highlighter

Ongoing Education

  • Nurses: Free 1-year Standard or Premium APRN subscription

  • Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Dieticians: FREE 1-year subscription to Relias Academy

  • Physician: access to free CMEs on

Financial Options Cancellation Policy
Schedule & Content


Once the initial online section is started, you have 180 days to complete all fourteen sections at your pace.  After completing the online course, work with your selected credentialing board to schedule your certification exam at a testing center.

Online Sections

  • Section 1    Principles of Practice
  • Section 2    Skin and Underlying Structures
  • Section 3    Skin and Wound Assessment
  • Section 4    Wound Healing
  • Section 5    Wound Bed Preparation
  • Section 6    Nutrition
  • Section 7    Topical Wound Management
  • Section 8    Lower Extremity Ulcers
  • Section 9    Pressure Injuries
  • Section 10  Acute Wounds
  • Section 11  Other Wounds
  • Section 12  Adjunctive Interventions and Modalities
  • Section 13  Practice Development
  • Section 14  Final Exam

Learning Objectives 

  • Discuss how standards of care, evidence based practice and a multidisciplinary wound care team can affect clinical choices in wound management.
  • Discuss the basic anatomy and physiology of the skin.
  • Identify at least five parameters required for accurate wound assessment.
  • Identify pressure ulcer stages according to NPUAP guidelines.
  • Identify five factors which enhance or impede the wound healing process.
  • Explain four types of basic principles of wound bed preparation.
  • Identify three major components of a nutritional assessment for optimizing wound healing.
  • Identify four different categories for topical wound management.
  • Select treatment options based upon wound assessment, etiology and goal of wound care
  • Differentiate arterial, neuropathic and venous ulcers in terms of causative factors, pathophysiology, appearance and principles of management.
  • Describe three factors involved in development of a pressure ulcer and interventions to prevent their occurrence.
  • Describe at least five interventions that optimize acute surgical wound healing.
  • Differentiate between wound etiologies and clinical manifestations of acute and traumatic wounds.
  • Differentiate types of burns and principles of management.
  • Select treatment options, and differentiate between wound etiologies and clinical manifestations of chronic, malignant and inflammatory wounds.
  • Discuss three adjunctive treatment modalities that enhance wound healing.
  • Discuss current multidisciplinary care approaches to wound care.
  • Discuss components required for accurate wound documentation.

Is the wound care certification worth the investment?

Wound care certifications, provided through organizations such as the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO) and the American Board of Wound Management, not only show that you’ve enhanced your wound care knowledge and expertise, they also increase your credibility with colleagues and patients alike. Wound care certifications create opportunities for career advancement, while moving the specialty forward to ensure better quality care for patients.

How do I pass the wound care certification exam?

Passing wound care certification exams involves different elements, such as completion of specific education programs and certain licensure requirements. But the main components are having obtained applicable years of clinical experience and rigorous studying of relative wound care content. Eligibility requirements for clinical experience vary based on each wound care organization. Various study guides, online courses, and practice questions or exams are available to assist with exam preparation. According to the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB), it helps when studying to connect pathophysiology to nursing care, as this is a central component of the exam. It’s important to note that you must take the exam within one year of your application being approved.

What makes wound care a good career?

Wound care can be an exciting and fulfilling career. Not only do nurses and other clinicians foster awareness and continuous knowledge in the wound care space, they are also agents of change by facilitating wound healing, reducing risk and liability in organizations, and building their reputation as wound care experts through ongoing education. In addition, many career opportunities can present themselves for wound care clinicians, such as wound care consulting and wound care education.

Are wound care nurses in high demand?

Currently, there is a high demand for wound care nurses. An aging population, the continued rise of chronic diseases, and the increased rate of sepsis-related deaths and hospitalizations create a greater need for wound care nurses that will continue to grow.
What Others Say Matters
“The credentials are important to me, because it means that I've have earned the respect of my peers and the doctors. It also has increased my pay.”
Judy Gallien, LPN, WCC, CWCA, OMS
Daytona Beach, FL
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