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

Applications for the Wound, Ostomy and Continence 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 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 WOC-EP 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, WOC-EP 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. 

Application Checklist

  1. Application form including the Physical Performance checklist.
  2. $50 non-refundable Application Fee, payable to Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP.
  3. Official transcript demonstrating successful academic achievement in the completion of a Baccalaureate Degree in nursing or related field.
  4. Proof of valid RN license for the year you are applying for the program.
  5. Two references; one from a previous educator, manager or a professional colleague.
  6. Current CV.
  7. Completion of the professional practice questions

Please Note: Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials have been received at the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute offices by the application deadline. Please contact the school administrator Suzanne Sarda ( to ensure your file has been received and is complete.

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

Education Program Resources

Admission Requirements

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

  • Evidence of successful academic achievement in the completion of a Baccalaureate Degree in nursing or related field
    • Only official transcripts mailed to the WOC-Institute directly from an accredited institution will be accepted. The transcript must show that you were granted, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Any graduate level work completed to date should also be indicated in Nursing. Copies will not be accepted.
    • Please note– Applicants who completed their Baccalaureate Degree outside of Canada or the United States must submit a formal credential evaluation completed by a recognized Canadian Credential Evaluation Service.

Please have transcripts mailed to:

Suzanne Sarda
Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute
Administrative Assistant
1873 Chaine Court
Ottawa, ON, K1C 2W6

  • Proof of valid RN license for the year you are applying for the program.
    • Please do not send your RN certificate.
  • 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:
  • Current CV. Your CV 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.
  • Completion of the following professional practice questions (max 250 words per question).

1. What is your vision of advanced nursing practice in the 21st century?

2. Why have you chosen Specialized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing and what factors influenced this choice?

3. How has your nursing career prepared you for Specialized Wound, Ostomy & Continence Nursing and what factors influenced this choice?

4. What are your professional and educational goals? How do you expect this NSWOC program will help you to achieve them?

Program Cost

Academic Tuition

Clinical Tuition

Required Texts

WOC Student Associate Membership

Academic Tuition:

  • $5250.00
  • May be paid online, and payment by installments can be arranged

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).


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

CNA Certification:

NSWOCC WOC Student Associate Membership:

  • $146.00 (This will be added to the Ostomy Course Tuition)
  • WOC-EP Students are required to be WOC Student Associate Members which costs $100.00 and to purchase the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence which costs $46.00. The NSWOCC Membership includes access to the CINAHL Library for literature searches. Membership must be kept up to date for the duration of the program. This can be purchased during the program application and acceptance process. For information on membership please go to


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


Carmel Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ Core Curriculum: Ostomy Management [2E]

ISBN-13: 9781975164560

Book#: EFMC5 (2022)


Ermer-Selturn Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ Core Curriculum: Continence Management [2E]

ISBN-13: 9781975164539

Book#: EFMC4 (2022)


McNichol Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society™ Core Curriculum: Wound Management [2E]

ISBN-13: 9781975164591

Book#: OKQC5 (2022)


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

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.

Please check your provincial nursing association for funding opportunities!