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The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute – WOC-EP provides Baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses with post graduate education and preparation for Canadian Nurses Association (C.N.A) certification in the wound, ostomy and continence tri-specialty with a focus on quality clinical and cost outcomes.
Develop NSWOC leaders to advance and sustain the tri-specialty of wound, ostomy and continence management.
What is Specialized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing?
For more information about Specialized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing please go to www.nswoc.ca
How do I become a NSWOC?
The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP program is the only WOC-EP program in Canada. It is a combined online and practical program that can be completed in approximately 12 months.
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 must be Baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses with at least 2 years of full time employment in the last 3 years as a Registered Nurse in a clinically relevant area of practice, 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. Applications are reviewed in the order they are completed.
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.
For more information about the application process please go to the application page found here.
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 found here.
Canadian Nurses Association Wound, Ostomy and Continence Specialty Nurse Certification
Upon graduation from the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP graduates may apply for the CNA certification exam which once completely will allow you to utilize the credential WOCC(C) which is a protected title.
The CAET Academy strongly encourages ET nurses and graduates to apply to write the CNA Certification exam as soon as possible after graduation.
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
We know that you have choices in programs. So why should you choose this program?
Notice to applicants for the French language program
The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP program is offered in French and English. Candidates who wish to take their EOC-EP in French have one start date in September. There is no January intake in the French program due to limited numbers of French speaking applicants.
Avis aux candidates pour le programme de langue française
Le programme PFIS de l’ACS est offert en français et en anglais. Les candidates qui désirent prendre le programme en français doivent s’inscrire au cours qui débute en septembre. Il n’y a pas de cours en français offert en janvier en raison du nombre limité de candidates francophones.
Ostomy Management: 4 months
Continence Management: 4 months
Wound Management: 4 months