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Please Note: We are now accepting applications for our Winter 2021 WOC-EP Program.
The deadline to complete these is November 15th, 2020.

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Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP)

The History of NSWOC Nursing

Download the History of Specialized Wound, Ostomy & Continence (Enterostomal Therapy) Nursing Powerpoint here

Mission WOC-EP

The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute’s WOC-EP provides Baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses with post graduate education and preparation for Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) certification in the wound, ostomy and continence tri-specialty with a focus on quality clinical and cost outcomes.

Vision WOC-EP

Develop NSWOC leaders to advance and sustain the tri-specialty of wound, ostomy and continence management.

Why WOC-EP?

We know that you have choices in programs. So why should you choose this program?

  • Learn in French or English in small classes with flexible enrolment, building strong relationships with colleagues and specialists from across Canada online and in clinical settings.
  • Care to be the best by graduating from the most rigorous academic and clinical program available (225 hours of supervised clinical placement).
  • Lead wound, ostomy and continence management in any Canadian Healthcare setting including acute care, community care and long-term care.

Program Description

The WOC Institute’s flagship program is our Wound Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP). The WOC-EP is a state of the art, paced, 12-month, online program which prepares BN/BScN’s for the role of a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC). The final exam for the program is the Canadian Nurses Associate (CNA) certification exam, which, upon achievement, enables the NSWOC to use the credential WOCC(C).

Canadian Nurses Association NSWOC Certification or WOCC(C)

The WOC-EP is a competency and standards of practice guided, rigorous program, aimed at insuring the high quality of its graduates. Through the CANMeds styled, competency-based preceptorship component of the program, the WOC-EP strives to mentor and grow tomorrows nurse leaders. NSWOCs graduates are among the nursing elite. They demonstrate an advanced level of critical thinking, clinical skill and leadership qualities. The advantage of NSWOCs’ tri- specialization is especially clear when patients have needs that require more than one area of specialty.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to assist the learner to build:

  • New knowledge, skills and attitudes and integrate them with prior knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare the learner to become a competent NSWOC;
  • Familiarity with the literature in the field of Specialized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing;
  • The skills to critically analyze practice in the field, differentiate it from best practice and disseminate standards of NSWOC practice; and
  • Problem solving skills through case based learning and participation in a strong learning community.

Objectives

At the end of this program the learner will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise and incorporate research and best-practice guidelines into evidence-based clinical practice
  2. Develop and practice knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to support and foster best practices in Wound, Ostomy and Continence care based on the Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) core competencies and standards of practice
  3. Participate in discussions with NSWOCs and appreciate the important role all allied healthcare team members can bring to an interdisciplinary Wound, Ostomy and Continence -care team
  4. Are prepared to take a leadership role on Wound, Ostomy and Continence -care teams
  5. Facilitate the transfer of knowledge and skills to clinical practice through clinical placements with experienced NSWOC mentors and the application of the NSWOC core competencies and standards of practice
  6. Improve communication skills (verbal and written)
  7. Foster professional growth and leadership
  8. Articulate and exercise the professional responsibilities associated with the NSWOC role
  9. Meet the psychosocial needs of the person with a Wound, Ostomy and Continence
  10. Manage care for the person with a Wound, Ostomy and Continence related issue
  11. The learner will acquire the skills necessary to meet the biopsychosocial needs of the person with an ostomy, continent diversion, acute or chronic wound, percutaneous tube and incontinence. Please visit http://wocinstitute.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WOC-EP-Overview-Final.pdf for a complete program overview.

Canada’s Need for Specialized Nurses

There is a great need in Canada for a master’s level graduate program in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing that will prepare clinical nurse specialists in advanced Wound, Ostomy and Continence practice in this country. The WOC-EP has been developed to provide advanced education in the specialized area of Wound, Ostomy and Continence healing. The WOC-EP is owned and operated by the association of Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada. The overall objective of the WOC-EP is to provide an educational experience that will concurrently focus on the development of specialized clinical skills, critical thinking and research appraisal.

About the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Education Program (WOC-EP)

What is Specialized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing?

A Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC) is a registered nurse with advanced and specialized knowledge and clinical skills in wound, ostomy and continence care who has graduated from a World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) recognized education program. Recognized as Nurses who have specialized training in wound, ostomy and continence by the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence are the ONLY nursing specialty with CNA certification in wound, ostomy and continence care (WOCC(C)). From acute care hospitals, outpatient clinics, community, long term care and in independent practice, an NSWOC provides specialized holistic assessment and management as an interprofessional team member to meet the needs of individuals/families with ostomies, acute and chronic wounds and urinary and fecal continence problems.

How do I become a Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence (NSWOC)?

To become an NSWOC, you must first be accepted, then complete the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Education Program. The WOC-EP program is the only education program in Canada that prepares you to take the CNA Certification Exam to utilize the credential WOCC(C) and become an NSWOC.

The WOC-EP is a combined online and practical program that can be completed in approximately 12 months. Upon graduation from the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP graduates must apply for the CNA certification exam which once completed will allow you to utilize the credential WOCC(C) which is a protected title.

What Students Learn

Students take four courses: Ostomy Management/Ostomy placement, Continence Management/Continence placement, Wound Management/Wound placement and Professional Practice/No clinical placement. It is estimated that students will spend 10 – 20 hours per week in study.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants must be Baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses (or equivalent) with clinically relevant experience (for example: medical surgical nursing, clinical home care nursing, spinal cord rehabilitation, stroke rehabilitation etc.).

Applications are received twice per year in the English program and once per year in the French program.

Acceptance in to the WOC-EP program is competitive. Priority may be given to those applicants with a guaranteed NSWOC job that is dependent upon graduation from the WOC-EP program. A signed letter from an employer stating that there is a job promised, must be attached to the application. Applicants must request priority admission at the time of their application.

Clinical Placement

Students complete two weeks (75 hours) of clinical placement at the end of each clinical course (a total of 225 hours). Supported by the program faculty, students are placed with an experienced NSWOC or Clinical Specialist. Although many Canadian NSWOC’s volunteer their time and expertise to mentor, some facilities charge students a daily fee ($50.00 – $100.00 per day). This fee is the sole responsibility of the student and is in addition to tuition fees.

The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute endeavors to place students in their geographical areas but this is not always possible. All students must be prepared to travel to placements at their own costs.

For more information about clinical preceptorship please go to the Preceptor page at www.nswoc.ca/preceptors.

Canadian Nurses Association Wound, Ostomy and Continence Specialty Nurse Certification

Upon graduation from the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP graduates must apply for the CNA certification exam, which, once completed, will allow you to utilize the credential WOCC(C) – a protected title.

The CNA certification exam is the final exam of the WOC-EP Program. Students must demonstrate that they have registered to write the exam to be eligible to graduate. Students have one year to write the certification exam after registering to write the exam. The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute will not be requiring confirmation of successful completion of the exam at this time.

Putting the CNA certification credential after your name indicates to patients, employers, professional-licensing bodies and the public that you are qualified, competent and current in the specialty of Specialized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. It distinguishes you as a Registered Nurse who “Cares to Be the Best”!

Please go to the CNA website at http://nurseone.ca/en/certification

Program Schedule

Description: 16 weeks (plus 2 weeks or 75 hours of preceptorship)

Evaluation of theory:

  • Introductory assignment (5%)
  • Individual assignments (45%)
  • Discussion forums (20%)
  • Final exam (10%)

Evaluation of the preceptorship:

  • Competency based clinical placement (20%)
  • The theory is worth 80% and the preceptorship is worth 20% of the final mark for the course

Description: 16 weeks (plus 2 weeks or 75 hours of preceptorship)

Evaluation of theory:

  • Individual assignments (44%)
  • Discussion forums (26%)
  • Final exam (10%)

Evaluation of the preceptorship:

  • Competency based clinical placement (20%)
  • The theory is worth 80% and the preceptorship is worth 20% of the final mark for the course

Description: 16 weeks (plus 2 weeks or 75 hours of preceptorship)

Evaluation of theory:

  • Individual assignments (60%)
  • Discussion forums (10%)
  • Final exam (10%)

Evaluation of the preceptorship:

  • Competency based clinical placement (20%)
  • The theory is worth 80% and the preceptorship is worth 20% of the final mark for the course

Program Cost

Academic Tuition

WOC Student Associate Membership

Subscription to JWOCN

Application Fee

Required Texts

$5,250 Program Fee (Academic Tuition):

If accepted into the WOC-EP program, students will have the option to pay the full program fee of $5,250 at the beginning of the program and prior to the continence and wound courses of the WOC-EP Program. Payment installments can be arranged by contacting ssarda@wocinstitute.ca.

$100 WOC Student Associate Registration Fee:

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.

$46 JWOCN Subscription:

WOC-EP students are also required to purchase a subscription to the Journal of Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing (JWOCN) for a fee of $46. This cost will be added to your registration fee when you first register as a WOC Student Associate.

$50 Application Fee:

Students will also pay a $50 non-refundable application fee during the application process. Ensure you have all your information readily available prior to starting the application. E.g. contact information of references.

If students are not accepted into the WOC-EP program they may contact the program administrator at registrar@wocinstitute.cato request a refund for their $100 WOC Student Associate membership fee.

 

Clinical Tuition:

  • No charge in most facilities
  • Some facilities may charge for this service. (this is an additional cost separate from the tuition costs and is payable to the institution where the Preceptorship takes place.)

Texts:

  • 3 required texts approximately $110.00 each
  • There may be other texts required at the discretion of the program

CNA Certification:

Textbooks

NOTICE

The WOC-EP 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 chairwocinstitute@gmail.com.

Ostomy:

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

WOLTERS KLUWER LWW LIPPINCOTT

ISBN: 9781451194395

Continence:

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

WOLTERS KLUWER LWW LIPPINCOTT

ISBN: 9781451194418

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

Funding Sources for the WOC-EP

Each year graduates of the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP may apply for awards and bursaries. Click here for details.