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Welcome to the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute
Canada’s online continuing educational resource for Nurses and allied health professionals managing patients with challenges in wound, ostomy and continence.

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Educational Opportunities

Wound, Ostomy & Continence Education Program (WOC-EP)

The WOC-EP Prepares Baccalaureate Registered Nurses to become leaders in the practice of the tri-specialty of Wound, Ostomy and Continence and readies them to write the Canadian Nurses Association Certification Examination in Wound, Ostomy and Continence WOCC(C).

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Skin Health Program

The Skin Health Program is continuing education for nurses and allied healthcare professionals which provides the knowledge to support quality patient outcomes through evidenced based practice in wound, ostomy or continence care. Click the link below to learn more.

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Onsite Programs

The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute provides onsite education to assist in skill and knowledge development. We provide physician, nursing, and allied health educational sessions. Click the link below for upcoming dates and locations to take part in our onsite education.

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A Message From our Chair

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and to the Wound Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Institute and to thank you for your interest in WOC Nursing. The WOC-Institute is owned and operated by the association of Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Canada (NSWOCC). Our tri-specialty is unique, and we strive to improve the lives of those patients cared for by wound, ostomy and continence nurses as well as support those healthcare professionals who have chosen this dynamic and evolving field through providing comprehensive education and skills-based training to improve their practices. I am confident that we will have a program to suite your needs and our online content allows you to improve your skills and understanding of wound, ostomy and continence from a distance.

We offer a host of educational programs which are run by our team of dedicated nurses who are Canadian Association of Nurses (CNA) certified Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence (NSWOC).

The WOC-Institute’s flag ship program is our Wound Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP). The WOC-EP is a state of the art paced online program which prepares BN/BScN’s for the role of a NSWOC. The final exam for the program is the CNA certification exam, which, upon achievement, enables the NSWOC to use the credential WOCC(C). Through the preceptorship component of the program we strive to mentor and grow tomorrows nurse leaders.

For the non-degree RN/RPN/LPN or other allied health professionals we have developed our Skin Health Programs (Foundations in Skin and Wound Management, Foundations in Ostomy Management and Foundations in Continence Management). The Skin Health programs are offered two times per year online and are run over a 10-week period. These programs are also available upon request onsite to groups of 20 or more over a two-day intensive program. Both online and onsite programs are provided by experienced NSWOC’s. I urge you to reach out to the organization through our contact page should you be interested in accessing our onsite education delivered by nurses specialized in the wound, ostomy and continence field. Please explore our website and don’t hesitate to reach out to our organization with any questions you may have.

Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc PhD, RN, NSWOC, WOCC(C), IIWCC
Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Chair

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Institute Opportunities

The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute is often seeking those interested in supporting the development of the wound, ostomy and continence specialty in Canada. Click the button below for current opportunities.

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Become a Preceptor

Preceptors are the backbone of the WOC-EP program and influence the educational pathway of new nurses specializing in wound, ostomy & continence. Learn more about becoming a preceptor by clicking the button below.

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Preceptor Role

Select the button below to learn more about the role of our preceptors and how they assist our learners in developing the knowledge and skills needed to specialize in the field of wound, ostomy and continence.

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Preceptors may access the Preceptorship section of this website by clicking on the link below and signing in using the information provided.


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