American Board of Wound Management

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ABWM offers continuous testing at over 170 locations.

Neither the ABWM nor the CWS®, CWCA® or CWSP® credentials are affiliated with the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists.

Certification Eligibility

Are You Eligible?

In order to sit for the CWCA, CWS or CWSP you must have at least 3 years of wound care experience.  Candidates with a professional license applying for ABWM exams must possess a full and unrestricted license in at least one state and in all states in which the candidate currently practices.

Which best describes your education/professional experience?

I'm a healthcare professional with an Associate's degree. You are eligible to sit for CWCA.

I work in sales and marketing for the wound care industry. You are eligible to sit for CWCA.

I am a licensed healthcare professional with a Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree. You are eligible to sit for CWS.

I am an MD, DO or DPM. You are eligible to sit for CWSP.

Eligibility Overview

Certified Wound Care Associate (CWCA)

  • Healthcare professional with at least 3 years of wound care experience
  • Sales and marketing professional in the wound care industry with at least 3 years of wound care experience
  • Candidates with a professional license applying for the CWCA must possess a full and unrestricted professional license in at least one state and in all states in which the candidate currently practices.

Examples: Associate degree nurses, RNs, LPNs, LVNs, PTAs, all certified healthcare assistants, healthcare administrators, dieticians, sales and marketing professionals, and academic researchers.

Certified Wound Specialist (CWS)

  • A licensed healthcare professional with a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree with 3 or more years of clinical wound care experience.
  • Candidates must possess a full and unrestricted professional license in at least one state and in all states in which the candidate currently practices.

Examples: Physical therapists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers.

Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP)

  • MD’s, DO’s and DPM’s with three or more years of clinical wound care experience.
  • Candidates must possess a full and unrestricted professional license in at least one state and in all states in which the candidate currently practices.

Examples: Physicians and podiatrists.

 

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What are others saying?

“I know that education and credentials are the hallmark of clinical credibility. My job title as Nurse Manager of an Outpatient/Inpatient Wound Healing and Hyperbaric program holds an unspoken and spoken expectation of clinical knowledge in my specialty. While I continue my formal education, I knew that obtaining the CWCA® designation would give me the confidence to lead my team of wound care specialists. In addition, my commitment to pursuing this certification gave my team and colleagues a sense of my professional loyalty to continuing education and respect for literature.”

Denise Brenner, RN, CWCA Morristown, NJ

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