Exam Overview

Becoming wound care certified is the first step toward achieving specialty recognition by the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Osteopathic Association and the Council of Podiatric Medical Education.


The Physician Certification Exam is available to all physicians (MD, DO, DPM, DDS). The Physician must have a current license to practice and a minimal of 2 years experience in Wound Care either in private practice, or in a Wound Care healing center. Residency training programs that incorporate significant amount of Wound Care into their training program can qualify toward the 2 year minimal requirement.

Residents with wound healing training can take the Physician Certification Exam during their last year of residency. Residents passing the exam between January 1 and their graduating date become wound care certified immediately upon completion of the program.


The exam is a comprehensive test spanning various aspects of wound care.


• Format: 150 multiple-choice questions.
• Duration: 3 hours.
• Platform: Online or at designated Prometric centers.

Domains Covered

• Wound Healing Environment 19%
• Assessment and Diagnosis 26%
• Patient Management 17%
• Etiological Considerations 28%
• Professional Issues 10%

Complementary APWH Membership

Each physician’s certification exam and recertification automatically come with a 1-year Academy of Physicians in Wound Healing (APWH) membership at no additional cost. For more information regarding membership benefits please visit


Review Course

The online review course is designed as a refresher of wound care fundamentals or a review for wound healing certification and is a must for all wound healing providers, including residents and all those entering the field of wound care.

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