NURS 520

Foundations of WOC Nursing

0.5 Undergraduate credit
Effective August 22, 2008 – December 17, 2018

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This course will address the various critical underpinnings to implementation of the role of the WOC nurse and specialty nurse. Students will gain knowledge of the history of the specialty, legal and ethical issues pertaining to implementation of the role, and professional growth opportunities (i.e., WOCN, certification, collaborative practice, research utilization, writing for publication and establishing a service or a clinic). In addition, students will explore common career enhancement activities such as marketing, budgeting, record keeping, contracting for services and charging for services, procedures and equipment. Concepts central to the practice of WOC nursing will also be discussed such as counseling, patient/family education, infection control, continuity of care and nutrition.

Special information

Prerequisite: Admitted student or instructor's consent. Note: Course offered through our partners webWOCnursing Education Program. Special tuition applies; visit for program and tuition information. There are required online activities and assignments each week.

Learning outcomes


  • Discuss how online learning is facilitated using learning communities, discussions and software designed for content delivery and student evaluation.
  • Compare and contrast the current role of the board certified WOC nurse with the origin of the nursing specialty as it relates to practice models, strategies for role justification, outcomes measurement, professional development, and business management.
  • Utilize evidence based practice principles (e.g., infectious disease, nutrition, communication and counseling) to develop a collaborative and comprehensive nursing plan of care for the wound, ostomy or incontinence client across the lifespan.
  • Explore the components of a practice development plan for a Board Certified WOC Nurse.