Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Center (WOCNEC)

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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.

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    Pathways to Certification

    Wound, Ostomy, Continence Certification

    The Traditional Pathway is a blended education program. It is comprised of online clinical courses, onsite skills training (Bridge Week), a comprehensive final exam, clinical with an approved preceptor, and completion of the professional practice course.

    Read more about the differences between the Traditional and Experiential pathways here.

    The Experiential Pathway allows RN's that already have direct patient clinical hours in a specialty to expedite the certification process. All hours must be post-Baccalaureate. You can combine pathways. For example, certify via the experiential pathway for one specialty and the traditional pathway for others.
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    Foot and Nail Certification

    Foot and Nail certification requires a combination of contact hours and clinical experience.  Upon successful completion of the Foot and Nail 2.2 Experiential Pathway course, the student will be awarded 25.45 contact hours.  The course does not include clinical hours, nor assistance in arranging them.
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    Emory WOCNEC offers several resources to help prepare for WOCNCB recertification:

    Certification Review Manual

    This purchase includes the hard copy review manual ONLY. Please see links to purchase the review manuals below. We do not provide review courses.

    Wound Certification Review:
    Ostomy Certification Review
    Continence Certification Review

    PockeT Pals

    Pocket Pals are a pocket-sized quick reference guide. Please see links to purchase below.

    Wound Pocket Pal
    Ostomy Pocket Pal
    Continence Pocket Pal


    The WOCNCB® has exam preparation resources available. https://www.wocncb.org/certification/exam-preparation

    WOCN® Society has published a set of Core Curriculum textbooks. It is strongly encouraged to invest in these textbooks as they are helpful resources to prepare for the certification exam through the WOCNCB®. These books can be purchased from the publisher Wolters Kluwer: www.LWW.com or on Amazon by searching “WOCN core curriculum".

    View WOC Experiential Courses

    Scholarship Information

    WOCN® Foundation Scholarship Program
    Submission Deadlines: May 1st and November 1st

    WOCN® Regions and Affiliates
    Contact your Region or Affiliate for scholarship information.

    Pacific Coast WOCN® Region

    UOAA - United Ostomy Associations of America

    Some Regions and Affiliates also provide scholarships for Advanced Practice tuition and Conference.  

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    250 East Ponce De Leon Avenue, Suite 400 Decatur, GA 30030

    Office Hours

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

    Contact Information

    Office: 404-778-4067
    Fax: 404-778-4778
    Email: wocnec@emory.edu