WOC nursing education programs (WOCNEP) 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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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 (minimum class size is 6)
Online dates begin: Aug. 3, 2015; Jan. 11, 2016; April 25, 2016; Aug. 1, 2016
Sharpen Your Skills Workshop Series: 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., MD WOC Nursing Education Program was 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, and 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.
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
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.
- A self-paced online program.
- 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:
Sept. 28, 2015 - Oct. 9, 2015 - Mechanicsburg, PA
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:
- Home Study - Four Learning modules (rolling admission)
- On-Site/Split Option - Four weeks on-site instruction
- 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:
Sept. 14, 2015 - Oct. 9, 2015 – Mechanicsburg, PA
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:
- Attending an on-site class
- Completion of two Home Study Modules
Both options require a 65 hour clinical practicum following course theory.
Transition Course PROGRAM DATES:
Sept. 14 – 25, 2015 – Mechanicsburg, PA
215 North Third Street
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. 2, 2014 - Aug. 30, 2015 (on-site split option starts once yearly; combination of onsite classes and offsite clinical preceptorships).
Next class Fall 2015.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:The Rutgers University School of Nursing Camden (SNC) is a part of one of the largest research intensive universities in the nation which has the motto "Jersey Roots, Global Reach." The School of Nursing Camden opened in 2010 and was built upon 30 years of baccalaureate nursing education as a Department of Nursing.
Rutgers School of Nursing Camden is preparing registered nurses for the future of health care by offering the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program (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 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 semester didactic dates are:
Wound Course: Aug. 24, 2015 - Sept. 26, 2015
Ostomy Course: Oct. 5, 2015 - Nov. 7, 2015
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: San José State University, located in San José, California, 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. Today, our school offers baccalaureate, masters, and Doctor of Nursing Practice education to a diverse student population. Our program philosophy is to offer access to 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 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.
Continuing Nursing Education
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-9440
CO-DIRECTORS: Renee Anderson, MSN, RN, CWON, and Betty Hanrahan, MSN, CNS, ARNP-BC, CWCN-AP, CWS, FACCWS, CFCN
Summer/Fall 2015: Aug. 5, 2015 – Oct. 8, 2015
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.
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:
May 4 – 23, 2015; July 6 – 25, 2015; Sept. 14, 2015 – Oct. 3, 2015;
March 7 – 26, 2016; May 2 – 21, 2016
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 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 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 Vanessa.Myers@va.gov
3033 Excelsior Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55416
CONTINUING EDUCATION WEBSITE: www.webwocnurseCE.com
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
Three semesters per year:
SPRING Semester – January 2016
SUMMER Semester – begins May 11, 2015
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 (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.).