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

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The WOUND, OSTOMY, AND CONTINENCE NURSING EDUCATION CENTER


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.

  1. 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.
    • Active, unencumbered RN license
    • Baccalaureate (or higher) degree
    • One year of clinical nursing experience post RN licensure
    • Current, clinical nursing experience OR proof of an acceptable nurse refresher course OR proof of a clinical performance examination
    • Active, unencumbered RN license
    • Baccalaureate (or higher) degree
    • 1,500 direct patient clinical hours (for EACH specialty) completed within the five years preceding WOCNCB exam application.  375 hours must occur within one year preceding exam application.
    • 50 CE/CME (contact hours) or an equivalent in college course work (for EACH specialty) completed within the five years preceding WOCNCB exam application.
    The Experiential Pathway allows RN's with direct patient clinical hours in a specialty to expedite the certification process. You can combine pathways. For example, certify via the experiential pathway for one specialty and the traditional pathway for others.
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WOC Pathways

The Traditional Pathway is a blended education program. It is comprised of online clinical courses, onsite skills training (Bridge Weeks have been cancelled through July 2021), a comprehensive final exam, clinical with an approved preceptor, and completion of the professional practice course.
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The Experiential Pathway allows RN's with direct patient clinical hours in a specialty to expedite the certification process. All hours must be post-BSN. You can combine pathways. For example, certify via the experiential pathway for one specialty and the traditional pathway for others.
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Preceptor Portal

Requirements

  • RN with a Baccalaureate Degree
  • Current Board Certification
  • At least one (1) year of full-time 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.

Recertification

Emory WOCNEC offers several resources to help prepare for WOCNCB recertification:

Pocket Pals

Pocket Pals are a pocket-sized quick reference guide. Please email wocnec@emory.edu requesting the website to purchase these.

Certification Review Manual

This purchase includes the hard copy review manual and online video access. Please see links to purchase below.

Certification Review Videos

Canvas Review Video access for 3 months. This includes Wound, Ostomy and Continence Review videos. Graduates are given a complimentary 3 month access upon completion of the program.

*Review Manuals, Pocket Pals and Review Videos are included in tuition for traditional students.

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".

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Scholarship Information

WOCN® Foundation Scholarship Program
https://wocnsociety.secure-platform.com/a/organizations/main/home
Submission Deadlines: May 1st and November 1st

WOCN® Regions and Affiliates
https://www.wocn.org/page/r_a_information
Contact your Region or Affiliate for scholarship information.

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

Contact Us

Address

17 Executive Park Drive NE, Suite 650 Atlanta, GA 30329-2227

Office Hours

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

Contact Information

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