Previously Asked Questions



I have a question, please. I am the coordinator / co-chair of the pressure injury committee at work (hospital). I am also a member of the Wound Specialists Committee for the organization (11 hospitals). Is this one or two entries for PGP, please?

Answered July 23, 2018
Being the chair of a hospital committee is a different activity than being a member of an 11 hospital system. Please review the points allowed and maximums on page 16 of the 2018 Handbook. Good luck!!

My organization employs over 20 WOC nurses. We established a WOCN education committee to provide oversight of multiple education programs offered yearly. I served as committee member in 2017 and currently (2018) for this education committee. My understanding is this would fall into Team committee/task force focused on WOC in a facility for point allowance on PGP. As this committee serves to keep our nurses abreast of current and best practices within our WOC scope and our work covers all 3 specialty areas, per page 4 of the PGP handbook, MUST this activity be split among all 3 specialty areas? Requires pre-approval point splitting process instead of placing all points under 1 specialty? Thank you.

Answered July 22, 2018
As per instructions on page 4, splitting points need preapproval. Please follow item #4 for splitting if you wish to assign unequal number of points. Good luck.

In reviewing my PGP wound application for audit, I discovered I'd inadvertently listed the same activity twice. May I have the application re-opened for revision? I am happy to pay the re-submission fee. Thank you.

Answered July 23, 2018
We can do this for you, please email:

With respect to the 50 ostomy CEU's within the 5 years prior to the certification process, can you count time spent working with a preceptor at an ostomy clinic; attending a pouching inservice and observation of alginate molding for custom ileostomy pouching? What documentation would be required? Thank you.

Answered January 6, 2018
You may have a maximum of 40 CEU's for each Portfolio when Recertifying. If you are getting Certified for the first time, the requirements are different. All of the activities you listed would qualify for Recertification. If you are becoming certified for the first time, I will refer this to another source.

Is the cwocn called clinical nurse specialist?

Answered November 17, 2017
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are registered nurses who typically hold a master's degree, at minimum, along with national certification denoting advanced knowledge and clinical skills specific to a particular patient population or specialized area of nursing. Therefore, this designation (CNS) is not issued by our credentialing body, WOCNCB, but rather by a state board of nursing or perhaps given by the university while earning the MSN. In some states, it is a practice-based designation to use CNS.


Please let me know what course I would need to take and where to qualify to sit for the exam. Thanks very much, Diane Carroll I live in Massachusetts

I have been a Registered nurse for 18 years. I have never seen or witnessed as much arogance and power abuse ever as I have recently in my pursuit of a wound care certification. The program I attended and the testing application procedures are unproffessional to say the least. It is really giving this program a bad name.

Does the APN WOCN certification meet the requirements for CMS for an APN, and thus the Medicare provider #?

Answered May 30, 2009
The WOCNCB AP credentials would not meet the CMS requirements for an APN. The ability to obtain a Medicare provider number is based upon your advance practice credential, CNS or NP. Certifications of any type, including the WOCNCB credentials, enhance your scope of practice.

I have been chair of our Skin Care Team at my hospital since I became a WOCN. We address wound,continence and ostomy issues.According to B3 this is 10 points per specialty. Is this per year or 10 points total per certification period?If it is 10 points per year (50 points), then can I divide them among specialties according to the meeting agendas? Example:20/15/15?

As currently written it will "probably" be 10 points per specialty per certification. Board will review your question for points, please be patient, we will respond back. Thank you for your question.

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