Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden's Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC) Nurse Certificate program prepares highly-skilled nurses who care for vulnerable patients across multiple healthcare settings such as acute care, home care, assisted living, and long-term care. WOC nurses are vital members of health care teams who make an impact on the quality of life for patients and their families. Certification in the 'hot' specialty of WOC nursing can transform your career – while learning from nationally-recognized clinician educators in a convenient location and at a competitive tuition rate.
Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Certification
As baby boomers continue to age, an expected surge in chronic illness will dramatically increase demand for WOC nurse specialists. Health care organizations and family caregivers greatly value WOC nurses for their advanced knowledge and skill in treating a wide range of critical issues: pressure ulcers, surgical incisions, wounds, complex fistulas, tubes and drains. WOC nurses provide highly-skilled acute and rehabilitative care to people with complex wounds, fecal or urinary ostomies, and incontinence. They are expert clinicians, consultants, and educators across a wide variety of health care settings.
Why Become a WOC Nurse?
- Professional prestige of being a nurse specialist.
- Increased potential to demand higher salary and benefits.
- Acquire graduate nursing credits that may be applied to advanced nursing education.
- Personal satisfaction of providing quality care to vulnerable and chronically ill patients.
- Opportunity to study at an institution renowned for research, scholarship, and academic excellence.
Our program, fully accredited by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nurses Society, is one of only two graduate nursing certificate programs in the nation. In addition, the WOC nursing specialty is recognized by the American Nurses Association. Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden WOC program graduates are qualified to sit for the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Exams offered by the WOC Nursing Certification Board.
Three graduate nursing courses totaling 13 credits combine the best of onsite classroom instruction with clinical experience close to home. Two (5)-credit didactic courses are taught during fall and spring semesters in a once weekly, late afternoon-early evening format. Experienced faculty, distinguished WOC nurses, and interprofessional colleagues present on topics including: wound care, urinary and fecal diversions (ostomy), and urinary/fecal incontinence. The (3)-credit clinical course component consists of a 160-hour clinical practicum with a credentialed, expert preceptor, plus a bi-weekly class meeting in the summer semester.
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