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Why you should become a CWS®

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

Physical Therapy and the CWS®


“My CWS® enhances my practice and range of influence. It demonstrates my specialty in wound care to providers outside traditional physical therapy circles. The CWS® is the gold standard of wound care certifications.”

Stanley K. McCallon, DPT, CWS, FACCWS

  • The practice of physical therapy is enhanced by a strong knowledge of wound care, and the CWS® board certification establishes you as an expert in wound care management. The CWS® credential shows youêve completed a long-term, intensive study and practice in wound care.
  • Physical therapists are on the front lines of wound management in many healthcare settings, and treat patients during the most critical stages of wound care. Equipped with expert knowledge, Certified Wound Specialists® can make the healing process less problematic.
  • By achieving the CWS® board certification, physical therapists become part of an interdisciplinary network of healthcare professionals, all dedicated to delivering, improving and advancing the practice of wound care.


“Getting my CWS® was the best professional growth decision I have made.”

Heather Hettrick, PhD,PT, CWS, MLT, FACCWS


Physical therapists have an in-depth understanding of anatomy and physiology. The CWS® expands this knowledge base and empowers physical therapists as an authority in assessing and treating wounds.

  • Earned and maintained by over 800 physical therapists, the CWS® credential designates you as an expert and shows your patients, peers and employers your extensive and specialized proficiency in wound management.
  • The CWS® provides many advancement opportunities within the physical therapy profession. It demonstrates a core body of knowledge increasingly recognized by employers, and ultimately helps in providing better care to patients.
  • The multidisciplinary approach to the CWS® certification creates a larger group of healthcare professionals made up of physicians, nurses, physical therapists and podiatrists, who have and share a wealth of wound management expertise.

What are the Benefits of Becoming a CWS®?

  • Achieve board certification, a formal recognition of a master level knowledge and specialty practice in wound management.
  • Gain respect from physicians and other healthcare professionals.
  • Become recognized as a specialist, an expert in wound care.
  • Demonstrate a dedication to the highest standards in wound care, essential in the development of a comprehensive wound management program.
  • Improve the quality of wound care for your patients.
  • Cooperate and exchange resources with the various disciplines and organizations involved in wound care.
  • Reduce the costs of providing wound care in your facility or practice.
  • Be an on-site resource to educate and train colleagues involved in wound management.
  • Market wound management services as a niche benefit of your facility or practice.
  • Become part of a larger multidisciplinary community dedicated to delivering, improving and advancing the practice of wound care.



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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