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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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Cleveland Clinic – R.B. Turnbull, Jr. MD WOC Nursing Education Program

9500 Euclid Avenue, HS1-500, Cleveland, OH 44195

Telephone: 216-444-5966
Fax: 216-445-6343

Program Director: Linda J. Stricker, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Medical Director: Jean Ashburn, MD
Program Assistant:
Barbara Hocevar, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Program Coordinator: Teresa Warnke

2016-2017 Program Dates

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 Option

The on-site classes are completed in a traditional classroom on Cleveland Clinic's main campus. On-site courses are scheduled based on availability and enrollment numbers. Minimum class size is 18.

Online Option

Offered three times per year, online course work is accomplished within the learning management system, and includes active learning methods through the following 4 week long courses: Concepts in WOC Nursing, Acute and Chronic Wounds, Fecal & Urinary Diversions, and Urinary & Fecal Incontinence. Clinical experiences occur with approved preceptor or at Cleveland Clinic. Clinical time can be scheduled at Cleveland Clinic or with an approved off-site preceptor. On-site clinical time includes a skills lab. A mobile app feature allows most course work to be completed via smart phone and tablet devices.

Harrisburg Area Wound Care Specialty Program and WOC Nursing Education Program - Sponsored by Wicks Educational Associates, Inc.

6 Kacey Court, Suite 205, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Programs Offered

  1. Wound Care Specialty Program
  2. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Program
  3. Transition WOC Nursing Education Program

Telephone: 717-697-3042
Fax: 717-697-3634

Director of Education: Lucy J. Wicks, MSN, RN, COCN
Program Co-Directors: Julie Phelps-Maloy, MS, ARNP, CWOCN and Carol Calianno, MSN, CRNP, CWOCN

1. 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.

Two Formats Available

  1. A self-paced online program.
  2. A 2 week on-site program presented in Central Pennsylvania several times a year.
    Both options require a 60 hour clinical practicum following course theory.

On-Site Class Dates

To be announced, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania


2. Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Program

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 Available

  1. Home Study - Four Learning modules (rolling admission)
  2. On-Site/Split Option - 4 weeks on-site instruction
  3. A combined home study/on-site option
    Each option requires a 120 hour clinical practicum following course theory.

On-Site Class Dates

  • 2016 dates to be announced
  • Wound on-site class dates to be offered in 2016

3. Transition WOC Nursing Education Program

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 Available

  1. Attending an on-site class
  2. Completion of two home study modules

    Both options require a 65 hour clinical practicum following course theory.

Program Dates

Sept. 19 – 30, 2016, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Rutgers University School of Nursing-Camden Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program

215 North Third Street, Second Floor, Camden, NJ 08102-1405

Telephone: General School of Nursing: 856-225-6226; WOCNEP: 856-225-2318
General School of Nursing:; WOCNEP: OR (Tom Porvaznik, Program Administrative Assistant)

Program Director: Janice M. Beitz, PhD, RN, CS, CNOR, CWOCN, CRNP, APNC, MAPWCA, FAAN, ANEF, Professor of Nursing
Program Co-Director:
Jo Catanzaro, MSN, RN, CWOCN, Adjunct Professor
Program Faculty:
Kevin Emmons, DrNP, CWCN, APNC, DAPWCA, Clinical Assistant Professor

Program Dates

Sept. 6, 2016 - Aug. 31, 2017 (on-site split option starts once yearly; combination of on-site classes and offsite clinical preceptorships).

Program Description

The Rutgers University School of Nursing Camden (SNC) is a part of one of the largest research intensive universities in the nation. The SNC opened in 2010 and was built upon 30 years of baccalaureate nursing education as a Department of Nursing.

Rutgers SNC is preparing RNs for the future of health care by offering the 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 13 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).

The Wound and Ostomy Education Program at The Valley Foundation School of Nursing, San José State University

One Washington Square, San José, CA 95192-0057

Telephone: 408-924-3134
Fax: 408-924-3135

Program Director: Vivian Wong, PhD, RN, CNS, CWON
Program Co-Director: Charlene Deo, MSN/Ed, RN, FNP, CWOCN

Program Dates

The program is offered in spring and fall. Please visit for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 program dates.

Program Description

San José State University 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. Our program offers 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.

University of Washington Wound Management Education Program (UW WMEP)

Continuing Nursing Education, University of Washington, Box 359440, Seattle, WA 98195-9440

Programs Offered

  1. Wound Management Education Program (CWCN Certification Course)
  2. Wound Management Fundamentals Course

Telephone: 206-543-1047
Fax: 206-543-6953

Program Co-Directors: Renee Anderson, MSN, RN, CWON, and Betty Hanrahan, MSN, CNS, ARNP-BC, CWCN-AP, CWS, FACCWS, CFCN

Visit for dates and information about all our wound care offerings.

1. Wound Management Education Program

Founded in 2002, this 132.0 contact hour specialty preparation course advances the skills and knowledge of the Baccalaureate prepared nurse. Program Strengths: The program offers an experienced team of faculty members, thoughtful class sizes and a collaborative learning environment. Students are matched with preceptors certified in wound care in diverse settings. Graduates earn six graduate quarter credits and are eligible to take the WOCNCB exam.

Program Format

6-weeks of online learning followed by 3-weeks of didactic and clinical experience. A broad range of wounds, healing problems and components of specialized nursing practice are addressed. Concepts guiding the didactic content and practicum are prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of the healing process.

Program Dates

Summer/Fall WMEP Course 2016 (Application deadline June 10, 2016)
Aug. 10 – Oct. 13, 2016 (Online: Aug. 10 - Sep. 20, 2016; On-site: Sep. 26 - Oct. 13, 2016)

2. Wound Management Fundamentals Course

This 30.0 contact hour course is offered twice yearly and is open to a wide variety of healthcare professionals seeking expanded skills and knowledge in evidence-based wound management. Content is based on national wound management guidelines for a broad range of wounds. The course is presented in two parts: 6 weeks of online learning, followed by a 2 day on-site workshop. Registration is open to individual participants and to agencies interested in offering this educational opportunity at their facility in partnership with UWCNE.

Program Dates

Fall 2016: Oct. 17 - Dec. 2, 2016

webWOC Nursing Education Program

3033 Excelsior Boulevard, Suite 460, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Telephone: 612-331-4601
Fax: 612-926-8075
Continuing Education Website:

Program Co-Directors: JoAnn Ermer-Seltun, MS, RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN and Debra Netsch, DNP, CNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN
President: Bonnie Sue Rolstad, MS, RN, CWOCN
Faculty: Kathleen Borchert, MS, RN, CNS, ACNS-BS, CWOCN, CFCN; Sue Bruch, MSN, RN, ARNP, ACNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN; JoAnn Ermer-Seltun, MS, RN, ARNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN; Sheila Howes-Trammel, MSN, RN, CNP, FNP-BC, CWCN, CCCN, CFCN; Mary Mahoney, MSN, RN, CWON, CFCN; Debra Netsch, DNP, RN, CNP, FNP-BC, CWOCN; Bonnie Sue Rolstad, MS, RN, CWOCN

2016-2017 Program Dates

Three Semesters Per Year

2016 Fall Semester: begins Aug. 20, 2016
2017 Spring Semester: begins January 2017
2017 Summer Semester: begins May 2017

Program Description

Founded in 2001, webWOC was the first ONLINE program accredited by the WOCN Society.

It is a collaboration with Metropolitan State University's School of Nursing, offering graduate level and CE credits upon graduation. Strengths of this Program are a robust faculty and support staff with rigorous curriculum. The Program is taught by experts in WOC nursing with a minimum of 20 years WOC nursing experience.  

Courses: Theory is offered ONLINE with the clinical practicum at a location usually selected by the learner. Class sizes and learner demographics bring potential learners into a vibrant learning environment with national and international colleagues. The novice and experienced technology learner will find the courses simple to navigate and convenient. Curriculum is developed by faculty, delivered by technology.

Products Available to Purchase: Online Certification Rapid Review Courses, CE courses in Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care.

Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Center
Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing

1821 Clifton Rd NE, Pod A, Atlanta, GA 30329-4201

Telephone: 404-778-4067
Fax: 404-778-4778

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, CFCN


Visit for more information.

Traditional 10-Week and Split Option Program

Based upon demand. Minimum class size is 18.

Split-Option Program:

Traditional classes in room setting for 6 weeks, followed by clinical time in your home area.

Distance Learning Program

Distance Learning students begin studies as a Cohort on 1st or 15th of each month, and progress at your own pace through the modules of study (anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months per module). All Distance Learning students attend a Bridge Week in Atlanta after completion of the theoretical component and preceding clinical preceptorship; Bridge Weeks are typically held every 4 – 6 weeks.

For dates and more information, visit

Products Available to Purchase

Certification Review Manuals (Wound, Ostomy and/or Continence); Online Certification Review Videos; Wound, Ostomy, Continence, and Professional Practice Modules used in our program; and Pocket Guides for WOC nursing.


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