Skin and Wound Care Certification Course - Onsite

Our 4-day onsite Skin & Wound Management course offers an evidence-based approach to wound care and helps prepare for the wound care certification exam. 
Tuition Cost
Schedule & Content

Skin and Wound Management (SWM) Course Advances Knowledge
and Changes Lives

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

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

Onsite Real-World Training

This onsite classroom course helps to prepare you for a wound care certification examination and reinforces knowledge with real-world, practical skin and wound management training that can be used in your practice immediately. Become an expert in current standards of care in the classroom, and continuously improve with access to alumni resources and best practices from clinicians across the country.

Classroom Learning

The curriculum is designed and taught by certified instructors who are dynamic, highly energetic, and interactive in the classroom environment. The benefits of taking our onsite course include:

  • Quiet, dedicated time out of the office to really focus on wound care training
  • Real, practical training with study guide materials
  • Opportunities to tackle subjects and questions outside of the standard course training
  • Networking with other learners, sharing experiences and social interaction
  • Valuable feedback from the trainer and others in the group
  • Access to the online course 29 days before your course start date
  • Use study-support tools like learning games and clever digital flashcards to quickly review concepts
  • Take a full-length, timed practice exam that simulate test day and gauge your readiness

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. For your convenience, the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) or the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® (NAWCO) administers the certification examination at most course locations the day after the course concludes. 

Contact NAWCO at 877-922-6292 for exam-related questions.

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!

Can’t Find a Course Near You?

WCEI® can bring a certification course right to your own facility, where you can include fellow healthcare providers and make the course a community event.


Intended Audience

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


Nurses: 22.75 contact hours
Physical Therapists: 22.75 contact hours
Dietitians: 22.75 contact hours
Physicians: 22.75 CE credits
Optional Hours: Earn an additional 20.5 contact hours by completing the supplemental materials.

Physician Continuing Education Credit

Relias LLC designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.75 AMA PRA category 1 CreditsTM.
Supplemental materials: Relias LLC designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 20.5 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.

Allen Zagoren, DO, MPA, FACOS, FACN, faculty for this educational event, is a consultant for Histologics, LLC. All the relevant financial relationships listed for Dr. Zagoren have been mitigated.

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

Tuition Rate

$2,297 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

  • Onsite classroom training

  • 180-day access to the online course beginning 29 days before the 1st day of class (platform resource center)

  • Contact hours upon completion (visit “Certificates” tab)

  • WCEI® Skin and Wound Management Course workbook

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

  • Pre-exam certification review

  • ​Tools: pen and highlighter

  • Networking lunches at some locations


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


Participants in the Onsite Skin and Wound Management Course must attend this course in its entirety and complete the evaluation form to receive continuing education credits.

Four-Day Course

Days 1 - 4
9:00AM - 4:30PM
Classroom Training
Day 5

8:00AM - 10:00AM

For your convenience, the National Alliance of
Wound Care and Ostomy® administers the
certification examination at some course
locations the day after the course concludes.
You will be notified by the NAWCO.

Contact NAWCO at 877-922-6292 for
exam-related questions.      



  • Section 1     Principles of practice
  • Section 2     Skin and underlying structures
  • Section 3     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 ulcers
  • Section 10  Acute wounds
  • Section 11  Other wounds
  • Section 12  Therapeutic Interventions & Modalities
  • Section 13  Practice development

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.

What impact on my salary would a wound care certification have? 

The salary for wound care nurses varies based on factors like geographic location, education, and certification. The average base hourly rate for a wound care nurse is currently $40.61 as of 2023 according to Indeed. This translates to around $95,314 annually based on the same data.

What does it mean to be wound care certified?

Being wound care certified means more than just having letters after your name. It means you’re committed to continuous learning and providing excellent care. You develop an in-depth clinical knowledge and proficiency in current standards of care versus existing trends. You stay current on the latest wound care trends and products, and you remain dedicated to using evidence-based practices to give patients a better quality of life.
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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