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Apply to the Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (SWAN™) Program

Applications for the Skin Wellness Associate Nurse (SWAN™) education program are accepted throughout the year.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all elements of the application have been received by the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute office. Please contact the program administrator registrar@wocinstitute.ca with any questions regarding your application.

Please note that the personal information collected during application and maintained as part of a student’s records will be used for the purposes of admission, registration, and issuing receipts, graduation certificates and for Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute research and planning. Contact information will also be disclosed to Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Canada (NSWOCC) for the purpose of providing membership information. Personal information will not be shared with any other business or organization.

How to Apply

 

Step 1: Register as a WOC Student Associate

In order to apply, please click the link below. You will be brought to the NSWOCC members-only page to begin your registration with NSWOCC. Please choose “WOC Student Associate” from the dropdown menu.

All Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute students must become associate members of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Canada (NSWOCC) by registering as a NSWOCC WOC Student Associate Member during the application process for a fee of $100. This associate membership fee provides access to the discussion forum, a national conference discount, the NSWOCC and more. Additionally, SWAN students are also required to purchase a subscription to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing (JWOCN) for a fee of $46.

Register now!

Step 2: Register for a Course

Once you complete your registration, you will have access to the members-only area. On the left hand side of the NSWOCC members-only section home page, you will see a list of buttons under “I would like to:”

 

  1. Select “Register for Courses”.
    • You will also be provided with the option to challenge each separate course, both theory and practicum, based on the Recognition of Prior Learning criteria which can be found here, for a $250 fee.
  2. Select the course to register for by selecting “Add”, then choose “Register” at the bottom.
Step 3: Complete the Prerequisites

Each course has a list of prerequisites needed in order to complete your application to the program. The prerequisites are displayed in a list with a description under each one for your convenience when applying.

Ready to Apply?

Start your application by registering as a WOC Student Associate.

Questions or Concerns:

Suzanne Sarda
Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute
Administrative Assistant
414-35, Allée de Hambourg, Gatineau, Quebec J9J 4J6
Office: Toll free at 1-877-614-1262

Admission Requirements & Prerequisites

Entrance to the program is competitive. Please follow the application procedures carefully, and complete and submit all materials for application by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please provide the following information electronically in PDF format (only PDF files will be accepted, with the exception of official transcripts mailed directly from Universities and two references)Important – You must type your name on each document you are submitting

  1. Proof of valid RPN/LPN/RN license for the year you are applying for the program. Please do not send your certificate.
  2. Two references, one from previous educators, managers or a professional colleague. We need two different references of the three mentioned (i.e. one supervisor and one professional colleague). You will find our reference form under the following link: https://memberscaet.ca/reference.phtml
  3. Current Resume.Your resume should include the following:
    • Insure that your name appears at the top of each page
    • Formal educational achievements (most recent listed first), including any credentials (degrees, certificates, diplomas, etc.) awarded
    • Other training/educational experiences (for example, courses, workshops, etc.) that relate to Specialized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing
    • Professional employment history (most recent listed first), with enough detail to adequately describe the experiences and your level of responsibility including total full-time years as a Registered Nurse
    • Publications, professional presentations, and research activities;
    • Membership and leadership involvement in professional organizations and governance activities (for example, participation in work committees);
    • Grants, scholarships and awards you have received; and
    • Your volunteer, important hobby and community activities.
  4. Statement on why you want to become a Skin Wellness Associate Nurse SWAN

Application Costs

  • All Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute students must become associate members of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Canada (NSWOCC). Skin Wellness Associate Nurse SWAN education program students must register as a NSWOCC Student Associate Member during the application process for a fee of $100.
    • This associate membership fee provides access to the discussion forum, a national conference discount, the NSWOC Advance, and all other NSWOCC Membership Benefits.
    • SWAN™ education program students are also required to purchase a subscription to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing (JWOCN) for a fee of $46.
  • Students will also pay a $50 non-refundable application fee during the application process.
  • If accepted into the SWAN™ education program, students will have the option to pay the full program fee of $3000 or pay in installments of $1000 at the beginning of the program and prior to the continence and wound courses of the SWAN™ education program.
  • If students are not accepted into the SWAN™ education program they may contact the program administrator at registrar@wocinstitute.ca to request a refund for their $100 associate membership fee.

The personal information collected during application and maintained as part of a student’s records will be used for the purposes of admission, registration, and issuing receipts, graduation certificates and for SWAN™ education program research and planning. Contact information will also be disclosed to Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence Canada (NSWOCC) for the purpose of providing membership information. Personal information will not be shared with any other business or organization.

Textbooks

NOTICE: The SWAN Program uses the new Core Curriculum Texts produced by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society. If you have questions please contact the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Chair: Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc at chair@wocinstitute.ca.

Ostomy:

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ Core Curriculum: Ostomy Management, 1st edition

WOLTERS KLUWER LWW LIPPINCOTT

ISBN: 9781451194395

Wound:

Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ Core Curriculum: Wound Management, 1st edition

WOLTERS KLUWER LWW LIPPINCOTT

ISBN: 9781451194401

Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute students are able to purchase these books directly from the publisher at a discount. Students are encouraged to purchase their books early, to ensure that they have them at the opening of the course. Students are may go directly to Login Canada and purchase their textbooks at a discount. Please go to lb.ca/wocinstitute

Continence:

All continence readings will be provided by the WOC Institute