Not a Member?
There are a variety of ways join the American College of Clinical Wound Specialists. In order to support wound care providers of all disciplines, the Board of Directors has recently added new Membership Categories. Here is an overview:
Want to Become a Fellow (FACCWS)?
If you possess any of the credentials listed below and wish to become a member, click here to join the College as a Fellow (FACCWS).
If you're an existing Fellow, and wish to renew your membership, click here!
|ABWMS||American Board of Wound Medicine and Surgery|
|CWCA®||American Board of Wound Management|
|CWS®||American Board of Wound Management|
|CWSP®||American Board of Wound Management|
|WCC®||National Alliance of Wound Care|
|CWOCN®, CWCN®, CWON®||Wound, Ostomy and Continence Certification|
|CWOCN-AP, CWCN-AP, CWON-AP||Wound, Ostomy and Continence Certification (new advanced practice credentials)|
|Diplomate of the Board of Multiple Specialties*||American Board of Multiple Specialties in Podiatry|
|ABPM/ABEM-UHM||American Board of Preventive Medicine/American Board of Emergency Medicine Board Certification in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine|
*Certified in Diabetic Foot Wounds and Diabetic Footwear and Limb Salvage.
Not (Yet) Credentialed? - Join as an Associate!
If you work in Wound Care, but do not possess any of the credentials required to become a Fellow of the College, you can still enjoy most of the ACCWS Membership Benefits by joining as an Associate.
You may apply for an Associate Membership if you
- are currently credentialed as a Certified Wound Care Associate® (CWA®) by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM); or
- have at least five years' experience in wound care and hold a baccalaurate degree; or
- have at least two years' experience in wound care and hold a master's degree or higher; or
- are actively working in the wound care field (e.g, research), and hold a doctorate in a related field.
A Special Deal for Students!
Are you a student studying in the field of nursing, physical therapy, podiatry, allopathic or osteopathic medicine? If you are also interested in wound care, you may join the College and receive a special student discount.
Are you interested in joining ACCWS, but you do not live in the United States or Canada? You may apply for an International Membership, if you
- have an international equivalent degree in nursing, physical therapy, podiatry, or medicine with at least 2 years of documented wound care experience; or
- meet the criteria of any of the other ACCWS Membership Categories.
As a member of the College, you join a network of certified wound care providers from various medical disciplines. A unifying body of interdisciplinary practitioners, ACCWS seeks to provide members with the most relevant and current evidence-based wound care education and information. The college website’s newest feature for members is its interactive blog, a forum which will give participants a voice and will help shape the future of wound care and the College. Members have a chance to stay up-to-date in wound care through the College’s Journal, email updates, blog, course offerings and its annual symposium. The college’s offerings span the regional, national and international levels.