The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP) fosters the acquisition and application of new knowledge and its application in a clinical setting. Graduates are prepared, at a theoretical level, to write the Canadian Nurses Association NSWOC Certification or WOCC(C) exam.
The goals of the program are to assist the learner to build:
The learner will attain the knowledge required to:
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.
The program consists of three separate core clinical courses and one professional practice course that is taken for 2-weeks at the start of the program and 4- weeks at the end. Each lesson unit includes textbook readings, PowerPoint presentations and journal articles.
All students accepted into the program begin with the first two-weeks of the Professional Practice course that orients them to the program and other key learning materials. They then proceed through Clinical Course I – Ostomy Management; Clinical Course 2 – Continence Management; Clinical Course 3 – Wound Management and finally to the final 4 weeks of Professional Practice. Each clinical course is 12 – 14 weeks in length, including a 2-week (75 hours) clinical preceptorship.
The theoretical component of each course is delivered online with students working at their own computer to complete individual assignments and tests and participate in asynchronous threaded discussion forums within specified timeframes. Depending on prior knowledge, it is estimated that students will spend 10-15 hours per week in study and completion of graded assignments.
To complete a core clinical course, students must complete and pass a 2-week (75 hours) clinical component with an approved preceptor near the end of each course. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute supports students to find a qualified preceptor but arranging for a preceptorship to take place is the student’s responsibility. Students may need to travel outside their geographical area or province to complete a preceptorship.
Working consistently students will take approximately 12 – 15 months to complete the program. Students may extend the time to completion and elect to take a semester off between courses or students may expedite the program and take more than one course at a time (if available).