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Why you should become a CWS®

Are You A:
Physician? | podiatrist? | physical therapist? | nurse?


The Certified Wound Specialist® (CWS®) board certification is a formal recognition of a master level knowledge and specialty practice in wound management.

The CWS® board certification is the most prestigious and rigorous certification in wound care and demonstrates a distinct and specialized expertise in the practice. The CWS® credential displays to patients, employers and peers a dedication to the highest standards and achievement in wound care.

Who is Eligible?

  • CWS® Diplomates are a multidisciplinary group of healthcare professionals, who are licensed and certified to practice in the following professions: MD, DO, DPM, PA, PT, RN, NP, OT, DMD, VMD.
  • A licensed healthcare professional with a Bachelors, Masters or Doctoral degree in a life sciences related field with three (3) or more years of clinical wound care experience is eligible to take the CWS® examination, administered by the American Academy of Wound Management.
  • Applicants must possess three years of clinical experience in wound care, or have completed a fellowship of at least one year in duration that is certified by a credentialing organization and supply a letter of recommendation from the fellowship program director and a CWS® that was actively involved in the wound care training.

CWS® is a multidisciplinary wound management certification, fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), which is the accreditation body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE). NCCA accredits certification programs based on the highest quality standards in professional certification.

AAWM is part of an elite group of organizations whose programs have received and maintained the prestigious NCCA accreditation.






Why should a practitioner involved in wound care become certified through AAWM?

Teresa A. Conner-Kerr
Professor & Chair
Winston Salem State University
Winston-Salem, NC


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