WOC-EP: Program Description

Program Description

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.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are to assist the learner to build:
  • New knowledge, skills and attitudes and integrate them with prior knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare the learner to become a competent NSWOC;
  • Familiarity with the literature in the field of Specialized Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing;
  • The skills to critically analyze practice in the field, differentiate it from best practice and disseminate standards of NSWOC practice; and
  • Problem solving skills through case based learning and participation in a strong learning community.


The learner will attain the knowledge required to:
  • Articulate and exercise the professional responsibilities associated with the NSWOC role;
  • Meet the psychosocial needs of the person with an ostomy, continent diversion, acute or chronic wound, percutaneous tube or incontinence;
  • Manage care for the person with an ostomy or continent diversion in the gastrointestinal and/or genitourinary systems;
  • Manage care for the person with a fistula, draining wound, or percutaneous tube;
  • Manage care for the person with an acute or chronic wound; and
  • Manage selected aspects of care for the person with urinary or fecal incontinence.
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. Please visit http://wocinstitute.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/WOC-EP-Overview-Final.pdf for a complete program overview.
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