Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Center


Continue Your Education

The Emory University Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Center provides both accredited post-baccalaureate programs and continuing education programs.

Accredited by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses SocietyTM (WOCN®) since 1976, the WOC Nursing Education Program prepares the graduate nurse to provide specialty care for patients with acute and chronic wounds, standard and continent ostomy diversions, and fecal and urinary incontinence. All courses are provided by the Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC), an accredited provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Wound: Skin & Wound Courses

  • general skin care
  • prevention and management of pressure ulcers
  • differential assessment and interventions for lower extremity ulcers, e.g., arterial, venous and neuropathic
  • principles of wound debridement
  • appropriate and cost effective topical therapy
  • appropriate and cost effective utilization of support surfaces
  • systemic support for wound healing
  • diabetic foot care

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Ostomy Course

  • stoma site marking
  • management of small bowel, large bowel and urinary diversions
  • product selection
  • sexual counseling/rehabilitation care
  • continent diversions

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Continence Course: Urinary & Fecal

  • assessment for causative and contributing factors
  • conservative management
  • CIC, pelvic floor muscle rehabilitation, fluid and diet management, behavioral therapies (toileting programs), absorptive and containment products

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Professional Practice Issues (Required Module)

  • marketing issues and strategies
  • reimbursement issues
  • legal issues
  • collaborative practice guidelines
  • establishing nurse
  • run clinics


Each course includes learning objectives, suggested readings, core content (in hardcopy format and video lectures), and learning activities, some of which are graded. Successful completion of each of course requires a score of at least 80% on examinations.  (Average completion time is three months/per course—but you can complete the work over as little as five weeks, too.  Extension for incomplete work is considered on an individual basis.)

After successful completion of the wound, ostomy and/or work, you are required to attend the Bridge Week for clinical preparation.  Bridge week involves:  simulations labs, critical thinking exercises, product demonstrations, foot and nail clinical (with Wound module course), and competency testing. Bridge Week dates are subject to change.

2018 Bridge Week Dates

October 15-18
November 12-15
December 3-6

2019 Bridge Week Dates

• January 14-17
• February 11-14
• March 18-21
• April 8-11
• May 6-9
• June 3-6
• July 22-25
• August 19-22
• September 9-12
• October 21-24
• November 11-14
• December 9-12

Clinical Preceptorship

Clinical preceptorship is required for program completion.  All clinical experience is provided in tandem with a qualified and approved preceptor. Clinical preceptorship begins after completion of all theoretical components, Bridge Week attendance, and successful completion of a comprehensive final exam.

Clinical hours are based upon your course(s) of study as follows:

One course of study: 40 clinical hours with one (1) approved Preceptor.

Two courses of study: 80 clinical hours with two (2) approved Preceptors [40 hours in each area of study]

Three courses of study: 120 clinical hours with two (2) approved Preceptors [30 hours in each area of study + 30 hours divided as desired]

Clinical preceptorship is available in metro-Atlanta, Georgia or in your geographical region. Clinical preceptorships should give the learner a wide variety of clinical experiences. Clinical preceptorship in metro-Atlanta area requires a vehicle, and most WOC nurse preceptors in metro-Atlanta require payment for precepting. Contact the WOCNEC office for more specific information. 

Wound Clinical Focus

Experience with trunk wounds and lower extremity wounds. Most students need to arrange for experience in both an acute care or long-term care setting (for trunk wounds) and an outpatient wound clinic (for lower extremity wounds).  Fistula management and Incontinence Associated Dermatitis management qualifies with Wound clinical focus.

Ostomy Clinical Focus

It is ideal to obtain experience with both standard and continent diversions; however, it is not always possible to arrange experience with continent diversions. The required experience is with standard diversions.  Fistula management qualifies with Ostomy clinical focus.

Continence Clinical Focus

At least 2 days of clinical focused on restorative continence care (in-depth assessment, behavioral management, surgical intervention, biofeedback, etc.). If your primary clinical sites do not provide this experience, your primary preceptor may be able to coordinate appropriate learning in continence care.  Clinical preceptors for restorative continence focus can be from any discipline (MD, PA, NP, PT).  Containment options for incontinence can be experienced in all care settings.  Contact our office for questions.

WOC Nursing Education Fees

Application Fee: $200 (non-refundable)

Each course costs  $1,650 and includes a hard copy of lecture notes and course Pocket Pal.)

Extension Fee: Enrollees who are unable to complete all courses within the stipulated time frame will work with faculty to develop an action plan. An extension will be determined on an individual basis and fees may apply. 

All fees must be paid online using the secure online payment portal.

*Fees are subject to change.

Refund Policy

Required Textbooks 

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society® Core Curriculum: Wound Management (2015)

ISBN/ISSN: 9781451194401


Dorothy Doughty MN RN CWOCN FAAN


Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society® Core Curriculum:  Ostomy Management (2015)

ISBN/ISSN:  9781451194395

Jane E Carmel MSN RN CWOCN
Janice C Colwell RN MS CWOCN FAAN
Margaret Goldberg MSN RN CWOCN

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society® Core Curriculum:  Continence Management (2015)

ISBN/ISSN:  9781451194418

Dorothy Doughty MN RN CWOCN FAAN
Katherine Moore PhD RN

Optional Textbook

Acute & Chronic Wounds: Management Concepts 5th Edition(2015)

ISBN-13: 978-0323316217

Ruth A. Bryant MSN RN CWOCN
Denise Nix MS RN CWOCN

Scholarships are available only through the WOCN® Society, and applications must be submitted directly through the WOCN website.

Click here to access the scholarship application.

Preceptor Requirements:

  • RN with a Baccalaureate Degree
  • Current Board Certification
  • At least one (1) year of fulltime clinical experience as a WOC Nurse post certification
  • Sufficient patient census to provide needed learning experiences - this must be documented by simple statistics.

Most clinical sites require an Affiliation Agreement with Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. The WOCNEC will work with the appropriate individuals in your identified clinical agency to establish the agreement. Establishment of an affiliation agreement can take as long as 6 months, so it is critical for us to get this information as soon as possible. 

Click here for Preceptor Application

New to precepting? Click here for Preceptor Self-Study Packet.

Need a certified WOC nurse? Click here for the WOCN Preceptor Directory. 


17 Executive Park Drive NE, Suite 650
Atlanta, GA 30329-222

Office Hours

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET

Contact Information

Office: 404.778.4067
Fax: 404.778.4778
Email: wocnec@emory.edu

Foot and Nail Online Course – Now available

Course Decription

This course will provide the Wound Care Practitioner with the knowledge about foot and nail care for individuals with foot and nail pathology and those at risk for limb loss.  It also provides an in-depth review of wound healing principles and wound care strategies.

Areas of Focus 

Overview of skin; skin care strategies; pressure redistribution concerns; wound healing principles; wound care management; lower extremity assessment; management of lower extremity wounds; structures and function of the foot and nail; common pathologic conditions affecting the foot and nail; comprehensive assessment of the foot and nail (sensorimotor, vascular, skin and soft tissue, nails, and footwear); practice issues related to foot and nail care; impact of diabetes on the lower limb and implications for clinical management;  preventive foot and nail care and education; management of common problems (thickened nails, ingrown nails, corns and calluses); and a clinical practicum. 

Note: This course does not offer any clinical hours

Contact Hours 36


To register for the Foot & Nail Didactic Only Online Course, click here. Registration includes 3-months online access to Foot and Nail Course. 


Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded contact hours by ENPDC.

No conflict of interest has been found with the educators for this CNE activity nor with the members of the planning committee.

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