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 also approved by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's COA.

Wound: Skin & Wound Module

  • 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

Ostomy Module

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

Continence Module: 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

Professional Practice Issues (Required Module)

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

Distance Learning Program

Each module 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 module requires a score of at least 80% on examinations.  (Recommended completion time is three months/module—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 module 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. Clinical component can be completed as noted below.

Advantages: Self-paced learning; minimal time away from home and work; less expense; and slower paced than classroom instruction; videos can be viewed multiple times and at your convenience; one-on-one faculty time as needed.

2016-2017 Distance Learning Bridge Week Dates


  • September 12-16
  • October 24-28
  • November 7-11
  • December 5-9


  • January 23 - 27
  • February 6 - 10
  • February 27 - March 3
  • March 20 - 24
  • April 3 - 7
  • April 24 - 28
  • June 5 - 9
  • June 26 - 30
  • July 10 - 14
  • July 31 - August 4
  • August 21 - 25
  • September 11 -15
  • October 2 - 6
  • October 23 - 27
  • November 13 - 17
  • December 4 – 8

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 and successful completion of a comprehensive final exam. Distance Learning applicants begin clinical time after attending Bridge Week and successful completion of the comprehensive final exam. Work experiences do not count towards clinical preceptorship time.

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

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

Two modules of study: 80 clinical hours [40 hours in each area of study]

Three modules of study: 120 clinical hours [30 hours in each area of study + 30 hours divided as desired]

Clinical preceptorship can be arranged 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 specific information and to make arrangements to have clinical preceptorship in metro-Atlanta.

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

At least 3-4 days of focused Ostomy clinical. 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.

If you are interested in the Split Option or Distance Learning Program, you will need to identify potential clinical preceptors in your geographic area. Pleases see the Projected Clinical Preceptor Form for more informaiton.

2015-2016 Program Fees*

Application Fee: $200

Module Fee: $1,500 (Includes hard copy of module and Pocket Pal.)

Extension Fee: $200 (Enrollees who are unable to complete all course requirements within the stipulated time frame may apply for a ONE-TIME extension that provides extended access to Blackboard for six months. This extension must be approved by the faculty and will be determined on an individual basis.)

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

*Fees are subject to change.

Refund Policy

Critera for Admission

  • Current RN licensure
  • Baccalaureate Degree
  • Minimum of one year of clinical experience as an RN within the previous five years or evidence of completion of refresher course

Criteria for Application Completion

  • Application with all responses completed
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume
  • Receipt of non-refundable application fee
  • Documentation of current RN license
  • Official baccalaureate and nursing education transcripts that must originate from the college or university. (Note: If you are an ADN with a BS in another field, BOTH official transcripts are required.)
  • Current passport photo
  • Signed photo permission and honor code forms
  • Projected clinical preceptorship plan

One Month Before Arriving in Atlanta

The remaining requirements must be submitted one month prior to ANY class in the metro Atlanta area:

  • Background check and an 11 panel drug screen. Visit www.advantagestudents.com for a list of approved vendors. 
  • Documentation of acceptable health status
    • Verified by titers with reference ranges, immunization records
    • Current negative PPD results (Quantiferon Gold laboratory test required if history of prior positive PPD)
    • Proof of current personal health insurance

NOTE: Failure to submit ALL required documents will result in a delay of your program completion and may result in added expenses.

Download Application Packet

Required Textbooks (Required beginning November 1, 2015)

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.

Emory WOCNEC Requires

  • Identification of clinical preceptor(s) at the time of your application.
  • Participants studying two or three modules must have at least two different preceptors and two different clinical sites in order to get different perspectives and to assure exposure to the full scope of practice.

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 a clinical 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. 

Your admission date to the program is the start date for your studies. Admission date is assigned when all required paperwork is received.  Payment fees for modules can be combined into one payment or be made per module of study. Hard copy of each module will be sent as each module is opened on Blackboard.

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International students must meet the same admission requirement as United States citizens, including documentation of a baccalaureate degree verified by transcript and verification of nursing degree verified by transcript. If your transcript is not in English or if it is difficult to determine equivalency to a baccalaureate degree in the U.S., you will need to submit your transcript to World Education Services for translation and evaluation.

All international students must also submit documentation of personal health care coverage while in the U.S.

Language Requirements

This is an intense program with many classroom hours, and ALL instruction is in English. Therefore, we require that you have a documented score of at least 550 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). We want to be sure that we can provide you with the education you are seeking.

Georgia Institute of Technology offers a course titled "Intensive English In The USA": click here for more information.

International VISA

Please contact the WOCNEC office directly to inquire about VISA eligibility.  J-1 Visa is no longer available for this program attendance.

Office Hours

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

Contact Information

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