“We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.” – Thomas Edison

As the inventor of the phonograph, the motion-picture camera and, of course, the electric light bulb, Edison took on plenty of challenges in his time.

For healthcare clinicians of today, one of the biggest challenges is chronic wounds, which include diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers and venous, arterial leg ulcers. An estimated 67 million people are suffering with chronic wounds across the globe and treatment costs are estimated to be in the billions.

To prepare clinicians for the 100 million wounds that occur each year, the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) now offers the Online Skin and Wound Management Course in the Relias PrepSmart learning platform.

The course helps ensure the next generation of wound care experts gains a strong knowledge base and the credentials to back up their new wound care skills.

What is Relias PrepSmart?

Simply put, Relias PrepSmart is an interactive, online tool for skin and wound management education that helps clinicians prepare for a certification exam efficiently and effectively in an enjoyable manner.

The learning platform features a robust group of learning tools, such as flashcards, multiple learning games and full-length, timed practice exams to get tomorrow’s wound care experts ready for success.

Some of the most valuable tools in the toolbox are the quizzes and tests that offer a chance for clinicians to practice as many times as they would like in a comfortable environment to get ready for the real thing.

How to get started

The first thing learners will see in the Relias PrepSmart platform is a vibrant dashboard with everything at your fingertips, including:

  • A countdown to your exam date
  • Progress bar showing your completion percentage for the course
  • Daily knowledge goals
  • Performance updates, showing your percentile rank among other learners and average scores on practice questions and tests
  • A scoreboard of seven different learning games, listing your high scores

Study at your own pace

Everyone’s work schedules and lifestyles move at a different pace. So why shouldn’t your learning adapt to that pace?

With Relias PrepSmart, learning is customizable and set to your specifications based on the time you have to spend learning each day. When you’re ready to learn, Relias PrepSmart is ready.

We stay with you until you pass the NAWCO exam too. This means if you take our skin and wound management course for certification but do not pass the NAWCO wound care exam, you can extend your free access to our online Relias PrepSmart course.

This feature helps learners like you stay engaged to effectively absorb and retain the lessons you’re learning.

Send a copy of your NAWCO exam results to [email protected] within 30 days of receiving them to receive an extra six months of free access.

The learning platform also is mobile friendly, which helps you learn on the go.

You can test our new learning platform here with a free course.

Skin and wound management course breakdown

The skin and wound management course is presented in 13 different learning sections and provides a vast array of information to turn you into a wound care expert.

Clinicians will learn about topics such as:

The course discusses evidence-based practice that can make you a valued member of an interdisciplinary wound care team.

“The credentials are important to me, because it means that I’ve earned the respect of my peers and the physicians (at my facility),” said WCEI alumnus Judy Gallien, LPN, WCC, CWCA, OMS, in a testimonial after taking the course. “It also has increased my pay.”

Learn how to begin your journey to achieve wound care expertise on our Relias PrepSmart site.

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Heather Cygan

Heather Cygan is director of the Corporate Marketing team for WCEI, a Relias company. She was named among the 2018 Top Women in Healthcare Marketing by Digital Megaphone. The recognition honors the work of female marketers leading the way in the healthcare industry. Heather has been developing healthcare content for more than 10 years and has a bachelor's of arts degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University.

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