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WOC Nursing Education Programs (WOCNEPs) Accredited by the WOCN Society

Please contact individual programs directly for dates, types of structure(s), and costs.

"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. MD 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

2016-2017 Program Dates

Program Description

The R.B. Turnbull, Jr., MD WOC Nursing Education Program was established in 1961, and offers candidates full scope online and on-site courses.

On-Site Option

The on-site classes are completed in a traditional classroom on Cleveland Clinic's main campus. On-site courses are scheduled based on availability and enrollment numbers. Minimum class size is 18.

Online Option

Offered three times per year, online course work is accomplished within the learning management system, and includes active learning methods through the following 4 week long courses: Concepts in WOC Nursing, Acute and Chronic Wounds, Fecal & Urinary Diversions, and Urinary & Fecal Incontinence. Clinical experiences occur with approved preceptor or at Cleveland Clinic. Clinical time can be scheduled at Cleveland Clinic or with an approved off-site preceptor. On-site clinical time includes a skills lab. A mobile app feature allows most course work to be completed via smart phone and tablet devices.


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

6 Kacey Court, Suite 205, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Programs Offered

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

Telephone: 717-697-3042
Fax: 717-697-3634

Director of Education: Lucy J. Wicks, MSN, RN, COCN
Program Co-Directors: Julie Phelps-Maloy, MS, ARNP, CWOCN and Carol Calianno, MSN, CRNP, CWOCN

1. 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.

Two Formats Available

  1. A self-paced online program.
  2. A 2 week on-site program presented in Central Pennsylvania several times a year.
    Both options require a 60 hour clinical practicum following course theory.

On-Site Class Dates

To be announced, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

2. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Program

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 Available

  1. Home Study - Four Learning modules (rolling admission)
  2. On-Site/Split Option - 4 weeks on-site instruction
  3. A combined home study/on-site option
    Each option requires a 120 hour clinical practicum following course theory.

On-Site Class Dates

  • 2016 dates to be announced
  • Wound on-site class dates to be offered in 2016

3. Transition WOC Nursing Education Program

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 Available

  1. Attending an on-site class
  2. Completion of two home study modules
    Both options require a 65 hour clinical practicum following course theory.

Program Dates

To be announced, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program

215 North Third Street, Second Floor, Camden, NJ 08102-1405

Telephone: General School of Nursing: 856-225-6226; WOCNEP: 856-225-2318
General School of Nursing:; WOCNEP: OR (Tom Porvaznik, Program Administrative Assistant)

Program Director: Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APNC, MAPWCA, FAAN, ANEF, Professor of Nursing
Program Co-Director:
Jo Catanzaro, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Adjunct Professor
Program Faculty:
Kevin Emmons, DrNP, CWCN, APNC, DAPWCA, Clinical Assistant Professor

Program Dates

Sept. 6, 2016 - Aug. 31, 2017 (on-site split option starts once yearly; combination of on-site classes and offsite clinical preceptorships).

Program Description

The Rutgers University School of Nursing Camden (SNC) is a part of one of the largest research intensive universities in the nation. The SNC opened in 2010 and was built upon 30 years of baccalaureate nursing education as a Department of Nursing.

Rutgers SNC is preparing RNs for the future of health care by offering the WOCNEP as a graduate level certificate in which participants learn about the theory and practices that promote and restore health for people with wounds or skin conditions, fecal or urinary diversions (ostomies), and continence problems. The course work of this program earns students 13 graduate level credits that can be used to further their education beyond the certificate including the School's Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. The on-site class meets once weekly in late afternoon and evening timeframe making for easy commuting and work schedule adaptation. Digital supports via the E-College learning platform permit 24-7 access to course materials. Clinical preceptorships are completed offsite near the student’s home with an appropriately credentialed preceptor. Fall Semester: Nursing 551 (WOC Nursing I); Spring Semester: Nursing 552 (WOC Nursing II); Summer Sessions: Nursing 553 (WOC Nursing III Clinical Practicum).

The Wound and Ostomy Education Program at The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, San José State University

One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0057

Telephone: 408-924-3134
Fax: 408-924-3135

Program Director: Vivian Wong, PhD, RN, CNS, CWON
Program Co-Director: Charlene Deo, MSN/Ed, RN, FNP, CWOCN

Program Dates

The program is offered in spring and fall. Please visit for program dates.

Program Description

San José State University is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast. The Valley Foundation School of Nursing was founded in 1946 and has been well-established in the Bay Area. Our program offers specialty education in wound and ostomy care to all interested nurses who meet the criteria of enrollment. Students may take one or both courses each semester. The program is designed to allow flexibility for working RNs, with most of the classes being held online in the evenings.

The program consists of both didactic and practicum components, incorporating interactive lectures, discussions, and skills practice in the instructional design. The program uses the web-based online instructional technologies to conduct virtual live class sessions and to provide recordings of the lectures. Two mandatory onsite days (per specialty) provide students with hands-on practice and an immersive learning experience. A minimum of 40 hours of practicum per specialty is required upon successful completion of the didactic portion of the course. Students will be assigned to our designated preceptors within the San Francisco Bay Area; outside preceptors may be approved at the program’s discretion. Continuing education contact hours will be offered after completion of the program. For application procedures and information about the program, please visit

University of Washington Wound Management Education Program (UW WMEP)

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

Programs Offered

  1. Wound Management Education Program (CWCN Certification Course)
  2. Wound Management Fundamentals Course

Telephone: 206-543-1047
Fax: 206-543-6953

Program Co-Directors: Renee Anderson, MSN, RN, CWON, and Betty Hanrahan, MSN, CNS, ARNP-BC, CWCN-AP, CWS, FACCWS, CFCN

Visit for dates and information about all our wound care offerings.

1. Wound Management Education Program

Founded in 2002, this 132.0 contact hour specialty preparation course advances the wound management skills and knowledge of the Baccalaureate-prepared nurse. The program is led by an experienced faculty of wound care experts, offering a collaborative learning environment and 40 hours of clinical experience with wound care-certified preceptors in diverse settings. Graduates of the program earn six graduate quarter credits and are eligible to take the WOCNCB exam.

Program Content

Interactive learning of a broad range of wounds, healing problems and components of specialized nursing practice are addressed. Concepts guiding the didactic content and practicum are prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of the healing process.

Program Strengths

Independent online learning coupled with onsite classroom and integrated clinical experience designed to promote critical thinking.

Program Format

6-weeks of online learning followed by 3-weeks of integrated classroom and clinical experience.

Program Dates

Winter/Spring WMEP Course 2017 (Application deadline Dec. 9, 2016)
Feb. 8 – April 13, 2017 (Online: Feb. 8 – March 21, 2017; On-site: March 27 – April 13, 2017)

Summer/Fall WMEP Course 2017 (Application deadline June 9, 2017)
Aug. 9 – Oct. 12, 2017 (Online: Aug. 9 – Sep. 19, 2017; On-site: Sep. 25 – Oct. 12, 2017)

2. Wound Management Fundamentals Course

This 30.0 contact hour course is offered twice yearly and is open to a wide variety of healthcare professionals seeking expanded skills and knowledge in evidence-based wound management. Content is based on national wound management guidelines for a broad range of wounds. The course is presented in two parts: 6 weeks of online learning, followed by a 2 day on-site workshop. Registration is open to individual participants and to agencies interested in offering this educational opportunity at their facility in partnership with UWCNE.

Program Dates

Spring 2017: May 1 – June 13, 2017

Fall 2017: Oct. 23 - Dec. 1, 2017

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, CFCN and Debra Netsch, DNP, CNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN
President: Bonnie Sue Rolstad, MS, RN, CWOCN
Faculty: Kathleen Borchert, MS, RN, CNS, ACNS-BS, CWOCN, CFCN; Sue Bruch, MSN, RN, ARNP, ACNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN; JoAnn Ermer-Seltun, MS, RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN; Sheila Howes-Trammel, MSN, RN, CNP, FNP-BC, CWCN, CCCN, CFCN; Mary Mahoney, MSN, RN, CWON, CFCN; Debra Netsch, DNP, RN, CNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN; Bonnie Sue Rolstad, MS, RN, CWOCN

2017 Program Dates

Three Semesters Per Year

2017 Spring Semester: begins January 9, 2017
2017 Summer Semester:
begins May 2017
2017 Fall Semester: begins August 2017

Program Description

Founded in 2001, webWOC was the first ONLINE program accredited by the WOCN Society.

It is a collaboration with Metropolitan State University's School of Nursing, offering graduate level and CE credits upon graduation. Strengths of this Program are a robust faculty and support staff with rigorous curriculum. The Program is taught by experts in WOC nursing with a minimum of 20 years WOC nursing experience.  

Courses: Theory is offered ONLINE with the clinical practicum at a location usually selected by the learner. Class sizes and learner demographics bring potential learners into a vibrant learning environment with national and international colleagues. The novice and experienced technology learner will find the courses simple to navigate and convenient. Curriculum is developed by faculty, delivered by technology.

Products Available to Purchase: Online Certification Rapid Review Courses, CE courses in Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care.

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

17 Executive Park Drive, NE, Suite 650, Atlanta, GA 30329-2227

Telephone: 404-778-4067
Fax: 404-712-1290

Program Director: Rose Murphree, DNP, RN, CWOCN, CFCN
Instructors: Lori Borja, MSN, RN, NP-C, CWOCN, CFCN; Dorothy Doughty, MSN, RN, FAAN, CWOCN, CFCN; Lynette Franklin, MSN, APRN-BC, CWOCN-AP, CFCN; Jane Jaudon, MSN, RN, CCRN, CWOCN; Janet Ramundo, MSN, RN, CWOCN, CFCN


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Distance Learning Program

Distance learning provides the busy nurse with flexibility to complete the WOC nurse education program at their own pace. Students begin studies as a cohort on the 1st and 15th of each month, pending sufficient enrollment. There are three components to the program: didactic, simulation and clinically precepted experiences. Students typically take 4-6 weeks to complete each of the didactic modules. Once didactic modules are completed, students attend a 3 ½ day onsite session in Atlanta called Bridge Week to their clinical experience. During Bridge Week students actively participate in learning via case scenario discussions, simulated experiences, and role playing. Key competencies are evaluated to prepare the student to transfer knowledge and skill to the clinical setting. Clinically precepted experiences are arranged in geographic areas proximate to the student. Students also complete their Professional Practice component of the course work during their precepted clinical times. Students may elect to take one, two or all three components of the program – wound, ostomy, and/or continence. Students are prepared to take the WOCNBC certification examination or component certification exams at the end of their program.

For dates and more information, visit

Products Available for Purchase at

Certification Review Manuals (Wound, Ostomy and/or Continence); Online Certification Review Videos; Wound, Ostomy, Continence, and Professional Practice Modules used in our program; and Pocket Guides for WOC nursing. 


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The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's
Commission on Accreditation.

The WOCN Society was awarded Accreditation with Distinction, the highest recognition awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Accreditation Program.

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.