WOC-EP Overview

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

The History of NSWOC Nursing

Download the History of Specialized Wound, Ostomy & Continence (Enterostomal Therapy) Nursing Powerpoint here

Mission WOC-EP

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.

Vision WOC-EP

Develop NSWOC leaders to advance and sustain the tri-specialty of wound, ostomy and continence management.

About the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Wound, Ostomy and Continence Education Program (WOC-EP)

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 Nurse Specialized in Wound, Ostomy & Continence (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

Eligible applicants must be Baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurses (or equivalent) with clinically relevant experience (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.

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 requirements please go to the page found here.

Clinical Placement

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 must apply for the CNA certification exam which once completed will allow you to utilize the credential WOCC(C) which is a protected title.

The CNA certification exam is the final exam of the WOC-EP Program. Students must demonstrate that they have registered to write the exam to be eligible to graduate. Students have one year to write the certification exam after registering to write the exam. The Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute will not be requiring confirmation of successful completion of the exam at this time.

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

Why choose the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Institute WOC-EP Program? Learn, Care and Lead.

We know that you have choices in programs. So why should you choose this program?

  • Learn in French or English in small classes with flexible enrolment, building strong relationships with colleagues and specialists from across Canada online and in clinical settings.
  • Care to be the best by graduating from the most rigorous academic and clinical program available (225 hours of supervised clinical placement).
  • Lead wound, ostomy and continence management in any Canadian Healthcare setting including acute care, community care and long term care.

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.

Program Schedule

Ostomy Management: 4 months

Continence Management: 4 months

Wound Management: 4 months

Cost of the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP

Academic Tuition:

  • $5250.00
  • May be paid online, and payment by installments can be arranged

Clinical Tuition:

  • No charge in most facilities
  • Some facilities may charge for this service. (this is an additional cost separate from the tuition costs and is payable to the institution where the Preceptorship takes place.)


  • 3 required texts approximately $110.00 each
  • There may be other texts required at the discretion of the program

CNA Certification:

NSWOCC WOC Student Associate Membership:

  • $146.00 (This will be added to the Ostomy Course Tuition)
  • WOC-EP Students are required to be WOC Student Associate Members which costs $100.00 and to purchase the Journal of Wound Ostomy and Continence which costs $46.00. The NSWOCC Membership includes access to the CINAHL Library for literature searches. Membership must be kept up to date for the duration of the program. This can be purchased during the program application and acceptance process. For information on membership please go to https://nswoc.ca/become-a-member/

Cost of Textbooks


The WOC-EP Program uses the new Core Curriculum Texts produced by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society. If you have questions please contact the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute Chair : Dr. Kimberly LeBlanc at chairwocinstitute@gmail.com


Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ Core Curriculum: Ostomy Management, 1st edition


ISBN: 9781451194395


Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ Core Curriculum: Continence Management, 1st edition


ISBN: 9781451194418


Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ Core Curriculum: Wound Management, 1st edition


ISBN: 9781451194401

Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute students are able to purchase these books directly from the publisher at a discount. Students are encouraged to purchase their books early, to ensure that they have them at the opening of the course. Students are may go directly to Login Canada and purchase their textbooks at a discount. Please go to lb.ca/wocinstitute

Funding Sources for the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP

  • NSWOCC offers an annual academic awards to the graduate with the highest marks.

Please check your provincial nursing association for funding opportunities!

Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP Awards

Each year graduates of the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP may apply for awards and bursaries.

Click here for details.


Contact the Chair of the Wound, Ostomy & Continence Institute WOC-EP: chair@wocinstitute.ca

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