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WOC nursing education programs (WOCNEP) accredited by the WOCN Society.

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"Every class, every semester I continue to learn vital skills and information that make me a better WOC nurse."

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Cleveland Clinic – R. B. Turnbull, Jr. M.D. WOC Nursing Education Program

9500 Euclid Avenue HS1-500
Cleveland, OH 44195

Telephone: 216-444-5966
Fax: 216-445-6343
Program Director: Linda J. Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Medical Director: Jean Ashburn, MD
Program Assistant:
Barbara Hocevar, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Program Coordinator: Teresa Warnke
(If link does not redirect to the Cleveland Clinic website, please copy and paste the above URL into your internet browser.)

Program Dates:

On-site dates begin: August 8, 2014; March 23, 2015

Online dates begin: August 11, 2014; January 5, 2015

Sharpen Your Skills Workshop Series, 2014 course information located on website.

The Cleveland Clinic is a Magnet Hospital and was recognized among the top hospitals in the nation, and ranked #2 for Digestive Disease by US News and World Report. Our WOC Nursing Hall of Fame was established in 2013; visit out website to submit a nomination.

Program Description: The R.B. Turnbull, Jr., M.D. WOC established in 1961, and offers candidates full scope online and on-site courses.

On-site Education Option: Offered twice a year, the on-site classes are completed in a traditional classroom on Cleveland Clinic's main campus. Learning activities include lecture presentations by Cleveland Clinic faculty, skill development, interactive lessons, individual assignments, & a comprehensive final exam. Clinical experiences are scheduled with our own preceptors, and include extensive inpatient, ambulatory care, and home care patient populations. With one of the highest patient activities in the nation, you will participate in the management of a wide variety of complex care problems that will both challenge and prepare you for your own WOC nursing practice.

Online Education Option: Offered three times per year, online course work is accomplished within the learning management system, and includes active learning methods through the following courses: Concepts in WOC Nursing, Acute and Chronic Wounds, Fecal & Urinary Diversions, and Urinary & Fecal Incontinence. Each of the courses are four weeks in length and include asynchronous discussion threads, self directed learning modules, individual & group projects, and a comprehensive final exam. Once the didactic courses are completed, each learner will participate in a clinical experience with an approved preceptor. Approved preceptors will receive our own "Preceptor's Manual" to guide the clinical experience.

Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Medicine Nursing Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Center

The Emory Clinic, Room AT732
1762 Clifton Rd NE, Suite 2200
Atlanta, GA 30322

Telephone: 404-778-4067
Fax: 404-778-4778
Center Faculty: Director: Rose Murphree, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN
Instructor/Clinicians: Lynette Franklin, MSN, APRN-BC, CWOCN-AP, CFCN; Merrill Fraser, MSN, APRN-BC, CWOCN

Program Dates:

Traditional 10-week program: September 15 – November 19, 2014

Split-option program: September 15 – October 24, 2014

Distance Learning Program: Students begin studies as a Cohort on 1st or 15th of each month, but progress at own pace through the modules of study. All Distance Learning students complete a Bridge Week in Atlanta following completion of the theoretical component and preceding clinical preceptorship; Bridge Weeks are typically held every 4 – 6 weeks.

4-day Wound Course: June 2 – 5, 2014, December 1 – 4, 2014

2-day Foot and Nail Care Program: July 24 – 25, 2014

1-day Ostomy Program: Contact our office for a current list of dates and times: 404-778-4067.

Certification Review Manual and Pocket Guides for WOC nursing available for purchase through our website.

For more information contact: Shenita Williams (404-778-4067, or or visit our website at

Harrisburg Area Wound Care Specialty Program and WOC Nursing Education Program - Sponsored by Wicks Educational Associates, Inc.

Programs Offered:

  1. Wound Care Specialty Program
  2. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Program
  3. Transition WOC Nursing Education Program

6 Kacey Court, Suite 205
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Telephone: 717-697-3042 or 844-670-3042
Fax: 717-697-3634
Director of Education: Lucy J. Wicks, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Program Co-Directors: Jane Carmel, MSN, RN, CWOCN and Julie Phelps-Maloy, MS, ARNP, CWOCN

1. Wound Care Specialty Program

Wound Care Specialty Program: The Harrisburg Area programs are accredited by the WOCN Society. The Wound Care Specialty curriculum advances the knowledge of the Baccalaureate prepared nurse in the nursing management of individuals with wounds and role implementation strategies.
  1. A self-paced online program.
  2. A two week on-site program presented in Central Pennsylvania several times a year.

Both options require a 60 hour clinical practicum following course theory.

Wound Care Specialty Program On-site Class Dates:

September 29 - October 10, 2014 - Mechanicsburg, PA

2. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Program

WOC Nursing Education Program Description: The Harrisburg Area programs are accredited by the WOCN Society. The full scope curriculum advances the knowledge of the Baccalaureate prepared nurse in the nursing management of individuals with wounds, abdominal stomas, urinary and fecal incontinence, and role implementation strategies.

Three formats are available for the learner:

  1. Home Study - Four Learning modules (rolling admission)
  2. On-Site-/Split Option - Four weeks on-site instruction
  3. A combined Home Study/On-Site option

Each option requires a 120 hour clinical practicum following course theory.

WOC Nursing Education Program On-site Class Dates:

September 15 - October 10, 2014 – Mechanicsburg, PA

3. Transition WOC Nursing Education Program

Transition Course:The Transition Course offers two units of study that incorporate theoretical and clinical knowledge related to abdominal stomas and incontinence for a Wound Care Specialty nurse to become a WOC nurse.

Two formats are available for the learner:

  1. Attending an on-site class
  2. Completion of two Home Study Modules

Both options require a 65 hour clinical practicum following course theory.

Transition Course Program Dates:

September 15 – September 26, 2014 – Mechanicsburg, PA

University of Virginia Graduate Program in WOC Nursing at the University of Virginia School of Nursing

UVA School of Nursing
Attention: Catherine Ratliff
P.O. Box 800782
McLeod Hall
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908

Telephone: 434-924-0141 or toll free 1-888-283-8703
Fax: 434-982-1562
Program Director: Catherine R. Ratliff, PhD, APRN-BC, CWOCN, CFCN
Assistant Program Director: Carolyn W. Eddins, MSN, FNP, CWOCN

Program Dates:

Fall semester starts in late August. For details visit the school of nursing website.

Program Description: The University Of Virginia School Of Nursing offers WOC training within its master's programs as well as a postmaster certificate program. WOC nursing incorporates principles and practices that promote, maintain, and restore health for persons with wounds, ostomies, and continence problems throughout their lives. WOC nurses specialize in the care of individuals with disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and genitourinary and integument systems. On-site: Three 3 graduate-level credits for a total of 9 credit hours. Fall semester: A 3-credit-hour graduate-level class on introduction to WOC nursing is offered. Spring semester: A 3-credit-hour graduate-level class on advanced WOC nursing. Summer semester: A 3-credit hour practicum on WOC nursing is offered.

University of Washington Wound Management Education Program (UW WMEP)

Continuing Nursing Education
University of Washington
Box 359440
Seattle, WA 98195-9440

Telephone: 206-543-1047
Fax: 206-543-6953
Co-Directors: Renee Anderson, MSN, RN, CWON, and Betty Hanrahan, MSN, CNS, ARNP-BC, CWCN-AP, CWS, FACCWS, CFCN

Program Dates:

Summer/Fall Course 2014:
August 13 – October 16, 2014 (Online Course Work; August 13 - September 23, 2014 On-site Class Session; September 29 - October 16, 2014 which includes clinical experience.)

Program Description: This program is offered for registered nurses who seek advanced knowledge and skills in the management of chronic and complex wounds. The online portion of the program is six weeks and provides content using multiple teaching and learning strategies, with 24 hour per day availability and universal access to the classroom and content. This prepares the student for the intensive on-site portion of the class which consists of 14 days of didactic and clinical experience. The course addresses a broad range of wounds, healing problems, and components of specialized nursing practice using a variety of expert faculty. Concepts guiding the didactic content and practicum are prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of the healing process. A unique aspect of the program is the selection and matching of students with preceptors certified in wound care and practicing in various health care settings. Students will earn 6 graduate quarter credits.

VA Eastern Kansas Wound Management Academy

4101 4th Street Trafficway - Bldg. 42
Leavenworth, KS 66048

Telephone: 913-758-4146
Fax: 913-946-1568
Email: Nessa Myers
Dr. Sharon Saim
Program Director: Sharon Saim, DNP, ANP-BC, CWCN

2014 Program Dates:

July 7 - 26, 2014; September 8 - 27, 2014

Program Description: The Wound Management Specialty Program is a continuing nursing education program, offered by the VA Eastern Kansas Wound Management Academy.

The program is fully accredited as a traditional three week on-site educational program by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society. The program consists of approximately 110 hours didactic, and 40 hours of clinical experience with WOC preceptors in the VA and greater Kansas City Area.

The Academy is located in Leavenworth, Kansas at the Eastern Kansas Health Care System's VA Medical Center. The course prepares the nurse to practice preventive, rehabilitative, health maintenance, and therapeutic interventions in the management of acute and chronic wounds, fistulae, management of percutaneous drains and tubes, and lower extremity diseases. Our goal is to prepare nurses with a high quality wound specialty program that optimizes patient outcomes across their lifespan.

Graduates of the course will be eligible to take the national board certification examination offered by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board to become a certified wound care nurse.

VA Eastern Kansas Wound Management Academy "meeting the wound care challenge through education."

For more information and up to date program dates please contact

webWOC Nursing Education Program

3033 Excelsior Boulevard
Suite 460
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Telephone: 612-331-4601
Fax: 612-926-8075
Continuing Education Website:
Program Co-Directors: JoAnn Ermer-Seltun, MS, RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN and Debra Netsch, DNP, CNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN
Program Administrator: Bonnie Sue Rolstad, MS, RN, CWOCN

Program Dates:

Three semesters per year:

Fall Semester – begins August 25, 2014
Spring Semester – begins January 12, 2015
Summer Semester – begins May 11, 2015

Program Description: Founded in 2001, webWOC was the first ONLINE program accredited by the WOCN Society. Strengths of this Program are a robust faculty and support staff with rigorous curriculum. The Program is taught by experts in WOC nursing (most Faculty have a minimum of 20 yrs WOC nursing experience) and in online education (most Faculty have a minimum of 10 years teaching online) via online discussions, exams and weekly LIVE online classes. Courses are 100% ONLINE designed for baccalaureate-prepared nurses with computer experience at all levels who wish to pursue education in the wound, ostomy, and/or continence nursing specialty without traveling or putting their home and/or work life on hold. The clinical practicum offered is a split option where the student completes a clinical experience locally. However, the clinical experience is dependent upon the student's geographic location. There are unique situations where traveling to complete the clinical practicum may be necessary. webWOC exclusively offers another option for practicum completion: a Portfolio Evaluation. Details for this option are found on the webWOC website.

The curriculum offered is rigorous in order to promote high quality specialty care to patients and prepare nurses for national certification examinations. Class sizes and learner demographics bring potential learners into a vibrant learning environment with national and international classmates. Attention is paid to promoting collaboration amongst learners in order to enhance professional networks that may be sustained throughout the graduate's specialty practice career. webWOC offers an experienced team of faculty members with a minimum preparation of master's degree. The design and implementation of this robust Program leads to its high graduation rate of 98.2%. Upon completion of the Full Scope (Foundations of WOC Nursing Practice, Skin and Wound Management, Ostomies and Continent Diversions and Bowel and Bladder Continence) or Partial Scope (Foundations of WOC Nursing Practice and any combination of Wounds, Ostomies or Continence coursework), webWOC Learners receive graduate credits and/or contact hours.

Program Affiliation/s: webWOC is offered in partnership with the School of Nursing, College of Health, Community and Professional Studies, Metropolitan State University in St Paul, Minnesota. Curriculum and standards in education are consistent in quality and approach with the College.

Continuing Education: webWOCce is a provider of Nursing Continuing Education with the Iowa State Board of Nursing. These CE offerings are also approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

In 2009, webWOCce opened an ON DEMAND CE site for nurses. webWOC and its faculty continue to produce and present a selection of high quality, continuing education offerings related to Wounds, Ostomy and Continence care, as well as professional practice. No travel is involved and no additional day/s at conferences are necessary when taking ON DEMAND CE offerings.

New to the webWOC CE course catalog is a Foot and Nail ON DEMAND course offered for RN's at all education levels. Five hours of content are presented with handouts and tips from faculty on testing for certification. This offering meets the theory requirement of the WOCNCB for certification as a Certified Foot Care Nurse (CFCN®). Content includes foot, nail and skin assessment, prevention strategies and management approaches for problems. Patient education is emphasized, as well as competencies that are necessary when the participant is completing clinical hours. Clinical hours are completed independent of webWOC and include eight (8) hours minimum under the direct supervision of an expert in foot and nail care (i.e., Podiatrist, CFCN®, etc.).

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