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Why you should become a CWS®

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

Nursing and the CWS®


“The CWS® certification is highly regarded by employers, patients and the greater healthcare community. It has helped catapult my career and I am often sought out specifically because of my CWS® certification.”


  • The practice of nursing requires a strong knowledge of wound care, and the CWS® board certification establishes you as an expert in wound care management. The CWS® credential shows you've completed a long-term, intensive study and practice in wound care.
  • Nurses are the primary caregivers of wounds in nearly every healthcare setting. The CWS® credential covers all aspects of comprehensive wound management from assessment, to diagnosis, to treatment.
  • By achieving the CWS® board certification, nurses become part of an interdisciplinary network of healthcare professionals, all dedicated to delivering, improving and advancing the practice of wound care.

The CWS® certification sets you apart from colleagues, as a nurse who prevents and treats wounds in addition to providing education, consultation and leadership within the healthcare community.

  • Earned and maintained by nearly 1000 nurses, the CWS® credential designates you as a nurse specialist and shows your patients, peers and employers your proficiency in wound management.
  • 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 nurse, 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.

Gain recognition not just as a nurse, but as a specialist and expert in the field 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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