WOC nursing education programs (WOCNEP) accredited by the WOCN Society.
Please contact individual programs directly for dates, types of structure(s), and costs.
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9500 Euclid Avenue HS1-500
Cleveland, OH 44195
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Linda J. Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN
MEDICAL DIRECTOR: Jean Ashburn, MD
PROGRAM ASSISTANT: Barbara Hocevar, MSN, RN, CWOCN
PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Teresa Warnke
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Onsite dates begin: Sept. 14, 2015; March 14, 2016; Sept. 12, 2016; (minimum class size is 6)
Online dates begin: Aug. 3, 2015; Jan. 11, 2016; April 25, 2016; Aug. 1, 2016
Professional Nursing Foot & Toenail Care Course: Opens July 2015
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: Offered twice a year, the on-site classes are completed in a traditional classroom on Cleveland Clinic's main campus. 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 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.
The Emory Clinic, Room AT732
1762 Clifton Rd NE, Suite 2200
Atlanta, GA 30322
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Rose Murphree, DNP, RN, CWOCN, CFCN
CLINICAL INSTRUCTORS: Lori Borja, MSN, RN, NP-C, CWOCN; Lynette Franklin, MSN, APRN-BC, CWOCN-AP, CFCN; Janet Ramundo, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Traditional 10-week program: Sept. 21, 2015 – Nov. 20, 2015*
Split-option program: Sept. 21, 2015 – Oct. 23, 2015*
*Minimum class size is 18.
Distance Learning Program: Students begin studies as a Cohort on 1st or 15th of each month, and progress at your own pace through the modules of study (2 weeks to 3 months per module). All Distance Learning students attend a Bridge Week in Atlanta following completion of the theoretical component and preceding clinical preceptorship; Bridge Weeks are typically held every 4 – 6 weeks. Visit www.wocnec.org to view Bridge Week dates (minimum Bridge Week class size is 8).
Short Courses for CEs only: Current Concepts in Skin Care and Wound Management; Fistula Care 101; and Ostomy 101: Visit www.wocnec.org for current dates and more information.
Other Products Available: Certification Review Manuals (Wound, Ostomy and/or Continence); Online Certification Review Videos; Wound, Ostomy, Continence, or Professional Practice Modules used in our program; and Pocket Guides for WOC nursing available for purchase at www.wocnec.org.
- Wound Care Specialty Program
- Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Program
- Transition WOC Nursing Education Program
6 Kacey Court, Suite 205
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION: Lucy J. Wicks, MSN, RN, COCN
PROGRAM CO-DIRECTORS: Jane Carmel, MSN, RN, CWOCN and Julie Phelps-Maloy, MS, ARNP, CWOCN
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:
- A self-paced online program.
- 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: Sept. 28, 2015 - Oct. 9, 2015; 2016 dates to be announced.
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:
- Home Study - Four Learning modules (rolling admission)
- On-Site/Split Option - 4 weeks on-site instruction
- A combined home study/on-site option
Each option requires a 120 hour clinical practicum following course theory.
On-Site Class Dates: Sept. 14 - 25, 2015
Wound on-site class dates to be offered in 2016.
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:
- Attending an on-site class
- Completion of two home study modules
Both options require a 65 hour clinical practicum following course theory.
Program Dates: Sept. 14 – 25, 2015
215 North Third Street, Second Floor
Camden, NJ 08102-1405
TELEPHONE: General School Number: 856-225-6226; WOCNEP: 856-225-2318
EMAIL: General School of Nursing: email@example.com; WOCNEP: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com (Tom Porvaznik, Program Administrative Assistant)
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APNC, MAPWCA, FAAN, Professor of Nursing
PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR: Jo Catanzaro, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Adjunct Professor
PROGRAM FACULTY: Kevin Emmons, DrNP, CWCN, APNC, DAPWCA, Clinical Assistant Professor
Sept. 8, 2015 - Aug. 30, 2016 (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).
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0057
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Vivian Wong, PhD, RN, CNS, CWON
PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR: Charlene Deo, MSN/Ed, RN, FNP, CWOCN
The program is offered in spring and fall. The fall and spring semester didactic dates are:
Wound Course: Aug. 24, 2015 - Sept. 26, 2015; Feb. 2, 2016 - March 5, 2016
Ostomy Course: Oct. 5, 2015 - Nov. 7, 2015; March 15 - April 23, 2016
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 Units will be offered after completion of the program.
UVA School of Nursing
Attention: Catherine Ratliff
P.O. Box 800782
202 Jeanette Lancaster Way
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908
TELEPHONE: 434-924-0141 or toll free 1-888-283-8703
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Catherine R. Ratliff, PhD, APRN-BC, CWOCN, CFCN
ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Carolyn W. Eddins, MSN, FNP, CWOCN
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 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.
- Wound Management Education Program (CWCN Certification Course)
- Wound Management Fundamentals Course
Continuing Nursing Education
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-9440
WEBSITE: Visit uwcne.org/wound-management-programsfor dates and information about all our wound care offerings.
CO-DIRECTORS: Renee Anderson, MSN, RN, CWON, and Betty Hanrahan, MSN, CNS, ARNP-BC, CWCN-AP, CWS, FACCWS, CFCN
1. Wound Management Education Program:
This 130.0 contact hour program is accredited by the WOCN Society and offered twice yearly for registered nurses seeking advanced knowledge and skills in the management of chronic and complex wounds. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the WOCNCB exam for certification as a wound care nurse (CWCN). The program begins with 6 weeks of online learning activities using multiple teaching and learning strategies, with 24-hour access to course content. Following the online phase, students attend three weeks of intensive didactic and clinical experience. The course addresses a broad range of wounds, healing problems and components of specialized nursing practice. 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 diverse healthcare settings. A baccalaureate degree is required. Students who successfully complete this program will earn six graduate quarter credits.
Summer/Fall WMEP Course 2015 (Application deadline June 12, 2015)
Aug. 5 – Oct. 8, 2015 (Online: Aug. 5 – Sept. 15, 2015; On-site: Sept. 21 – Oct. 8, 2015)
Winter/Spring WMEP Course 2016 (Application deadline Dec. 4, 2015)
Feb. 3 – April 7, 2016 (Online: Feb, 3 – March 16, 2016; On-site: March 21 – April 7, 2016)
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.
Fall 2015: Oct. 19 – Dec. 5, 2015
Spring 2016: May 2 – June 17, 2016
4101 4th Street Trafficway - Bldg. 42
Leavenworth, KS 66048
EMAIL: Nessa Myers Vanessa.Myers@va.gov
Dr. Sharon Saim Sharon.Saim@va.gov
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Sharon Saim, DNP, ANP-BC, CWCN
2015 PROGRAM DATES:
July 6 – 25, 2015
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Wound Management Specialty
Program is a continuing nursing education program, is fully accredited as a
traditional 3 week on-site educational program by the WOCN Society. The program
consists of approximately 96 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
certification examination offered by the WOCNCB to become a certified wound
3033 Excelsior Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55416
CONTINUING EDUCATION WEBSITE: www.webwocnurseCE.com
PROGRAM CO-DIRECTORS: JoAnn Ermer-Seltun, MS, RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN and Debra Netsch, DNP, CNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN
PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR: Bonnie Sue Rolstad, MS, RN, CWOCN
Three semesters per year:
SPRING Semester – January 2016
SUMMER Semester – 2016 summer session dates to be announced.
FALL Semester - begins Aug. 24, 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 (Faculty have a minimum of 20 years WOC nursing experience) and in
online education. Courses are 100% ONLINE designed for baccalaureate-prepared
nurses with computer experience at all levels who wish to pursue education in
the WOC nursing specialty without traveling or putting their home/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.
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