WebWOC GCERT

About this program

The Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC) Program is online course work that prepares the post-baccalaureate or the Master's prepared RN to take the WOC certification exam. Students are directed to the WEB WOC website for complete information about the WOC program.

WEB WOC Education

No matter where you live, if you’re close to a computer, you’re close to the classroom. Because your coursework is delivered entirely online, there is no travel associated with attending classes. Which means you can keep working and earning wages while you complete your coursework. But keep in mind, that coursework is rigorous and comprehensive – as is intended to prepare you for the national certification exams and evidence-based clinical practice.
 

As a learner in the WEB WOC program, you “attend” online interactive classes presented by WEB WOC faculty. You receive timely feedback from these instructors, while you and your classmates participate in:

  • Threaded Discussions
  • Faculty Presentations
  • Case Studies
  • Required Readings
  • Study Games and Guides
  • Online Testing

The WebWOC Nursing Education Program is delivered in partnership with Metropolitan State University, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Department of Nursing (St. Paul, Minnesota) and a collaboration of professional nurses, who are Board Certified in WOC Nursing and dedicated to supporting the WOC profession and the mission of the WOCN®. We promote and support the education of bachelor’s prepared nurses to become WOC Nurses in order to guide the delivery of expert health care to individuals with wounds, ostomies or incontinence.

Program accreditation

Founded in 2001, the WEB WOC Nursing Education Program is the first online WOC nursing education program, and is fully accredited by the Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurses Society® .

The program is offered in partnership with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Metropolitan State University, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Student outcomes

The mission of the WEB WOC Nursing Education Program is to provide evidence-based education to nurses in the specialty of wound, ostomy and continence care, while emphasizing the significant contribution the WOC nurse can make in risk management, quality management, cost control and production.

 Students will understand the principles of wound, continence and or ostomy nursing care well enough to pass the WOCNCB Certification examinations.

 

Enrolling in this program

Program eligibility requirements

Admitted student or instructor's consent. 

Program requirements

Special tuition applies; visit the WEBWOC website for program and tuition information.

There are required online activities and assignments each week.

Course requirements

Requirements

NURS 520 Foundations of WOC Nursing

0.5 credits

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.

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NURS 520G Foundations of WOC Nursing

0.5 credits

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.

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NURS 521 WOC Nursing, Skin and Wound Management

3 credits

The course focuses on the care of the client across the lifespan who may be at risk for skin breakdown, who has a break in skin integrity or who has an existing wound. Specifically, students will gain knowledge of the etiology, differential diagnoses, clinical findings and management options of the wounds or skin complications affecting these groups. Focus will also be on the adept skill of obtaining a physical assessment and medical history, incorporating data from diagnostic tests, and documentation of assessments and evaluations to attain optimal patient outcomes.

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NURS 521G WOC Nursing, Skin and Wound Management

3 credits

The course focuses on the care of the client across the lifespan who may be at risk for skin breakdown, who has a break in skin integrity or who has an existing wound. Specifically, students will gain knowledge of the etiology, differential diagnoses, clinical findings and management options of the wounds or skin complications affecting these groups. Focus will also be on the adept skill of obtaining a physical assessment and medical history, incorporating data from diagnostic tests, and documentation of assessments and evaluations to attain optimal patient outcomes.

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NURS 521P WOC Nursing, Skin and Wound Management Practicum

0.5 credits

The practicum will focus on the development of the certified WOC nurse with special emphasis on the care and management of the client with a wound across the life span. Students will integrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, family, community and levels of evidence as they plan the nursing care and management for this unique patient population.

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NURS 522 WOC Nursing, Ostomies and Continent Diversion

3 credits

This course will address the immediate and long term care of clients across the lifespan experiencing acute and chronic health concerns that may result in an ostomy or continent diversion. Specifically, students will gain knowledge of the etiology, differential diagnoses, clinical findings and management options of the common conditions necessitating an ostomy or continent diversion. In addition, students will gain knowledge of the etiology, differential diagnoses, clinical finds, and management protocols of the common conditions affecting the ostomy or continent diversion patients. Emphasis will be placed on the psychosocial and educational needs of these patient groups from the preoperative, postoperative and long-term follow-up perspective.

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NURS 522G WOC Nursing, Ostomies and Continent Diversion

3 credits

This course will address the immediate and long term care of clients across the lifespan experiencing acute and chronic health concerns that may result in an ostomy or continent diversion. Specifically, students will gain knowledge of the etiology, differential diagnoses, clinical findings and management options of the common conditions necessitating an ostomy or continent diversion. In addition, students will gain knowledge of the etiology, differential diagnoses, clinical finds, and management protocols of the common conditions affecting the ostomy or continent diversion patients. Emphasis will be placed on the psychosocial and educational needs of these patient groups from the preoperative, postoperative and long-term follow-up perspective.

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NURS 522P WOC Nursing, Ostomies and Continent Diversions Practicum

0.5 credits

The practicum will focus on the development of the certified WOC nurse with special emphasis on the care and management of the client with an ostomy or continent diversion across the life span. Students will integrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, family, community and levels of evidence as they plan the nursing care and management for this unique patient population.

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NURS 523 WOC Nursing, Bowel and Bladder Continence

3 credits

This course will address the immediate and long term care of clients across the life span experiencing acute and chronic health concerns that often result in urinary or fecal incontinence. Specifically, students will gain knowledge of the etiology, differential diagnoses, clinical findings and nursing, medical and surgical management options for urinary and fecal incontinence. Emphasis will also be places on the psychosocial and educational needs of these client groups including behavioral strategies, environmental modifications, physical assessment and examination, containment, skin protection, pharmacological interventions and relevant procedures.

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NURS 523G WOC Nursing, Bowel and Bladder Continence

3 credits

This course will address the immediate and long term care of clients across the life span experiencing acute and chronic health concerns that often result in urinary or fecal incontinence. Specifically, students will gain knowledge of the etiology, differential diagnoses, clinical findings and nursing, medical and surgical management options for urinary and fecal incontinence. Emphasis will also be places on the psychosocial and educational needs of these client groups including behavioral strategies, environmental modifications, physical assessment and examination, containment, skin protection, pharmacological interventions and relevant procedures.

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NURS 523P WOC Nursing, Bowel and Bladder Continence Practicum

0.5 credits

The practicum will focus on the development of the certified WOC nurse with special emphasis on the care and management of the client with incontinence across the life span. Students will integrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, family, community and levels of evidence as they plan the nursing care and management for this unique patient population.

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NURS 529P WOC Wound Practicum Portfolio Evaluation

0.5 credits

This course is an assessment of prior learning to validate specialty nursing competency in the care of the patient with a wound or skin care needs. Emphasis is placed on mastering entry level skills and integrating knowledge of pathophysiology into effective care of the patient with wound and skin care needs. Following the completion of the prerequisite courses and requirements, learner submits material for review to validate completion of the course objectives.

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NURS 531P WOC Ostomy and Continent Diversions Practicum Portfolio Evaluation

0.5 credits

This course is an assessment of prior learning to validate specialty nursing competency in the care of the patient with an ostomy or continent diversion. Emphasis is placed on mastering entry level skills and integrating knowledge of pathophysiology into effective care of the patient with an ostomy or continent diversion. Following the completion of the prerequisite courses and requirements, learner submits material for review to validate completion of the course objectives.

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NURS 532P WOC Bower and Bladder Continence Practicum Portfolio

0.5 credits

This course is an assessment of prior learning to validate specialty nursing competency in the care of the patient with bowel or bladder control problems. Emphasis is placed on mastering entry level skills and integrating knowledge of pathophysiology into effective care of the patient with bowel or bladder incontinence. Following the completion of the prerequisite courses and requirements, learner submits material for review to validate completion of the course objectives.

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