Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Certificate Applicants

The Wound Ostomy Continence (WOC) Nurse Certification program at Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden prepares highly-skilled nurses who make a vital impact on the quality of life for vulnerable patients and their families.


Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden advisors are happy to help. Please call (856) 225-2318, or email gradsnc@camden.rutgers.edu.

You may also contact our Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Certification Program Director, Janice M. Beitz; please email Janice.beitz@camden.rutgers.edu.

How to Apply

Application Deadline

While there are no formal application deadlines, we strongly urge prospective students to send all necessary information well in advance of the fall semester, when the program begins.

Semester Application Deadline
Fall August 30
Application Process

1. Application Track

Apply to the WOC program using the Rutgers University Graduate Admission Application. Please submit a formal transcript, RN license, professional resume, and two letters of recommendation. If you would like to learn more about how to apply, the Rutgers University Graduate and Professional Admissions portal describes the application process.

2. Submit Transcripts

Submit copies of all of your official academic transcripts, including any prerequisite coursework in progress, to Rutgers University–Camden Graduate Admissions. We strongly urge you to submit your transcripts well in advance of the application deadline, noted above. Please mail your transcripts directly to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Rutgers University–Camden
406 Penn Street
Camden, NJ 08102

3. Financial Aid

Rutgers University's Admissions Office provides detailed information about tuition and fees and a wide range of financial aid opportunities available at each of its three campuses.

Admissions Requirements
  • Submit your Graduate Admissions Application.
  • Submit your transcripts.
    Proof of a Baccalaureate degree in nursing or other baccalaureate degree must be submitted to Rutgers University–Camden Graduate Admissions.
  • Provide two letters of recommendation.
  • Provide a professional resume detailing your work experience.
  • Submit RN licensure (copy of current RN license) in New Jersey or state of clinical preceptorship.
  • Evidence of one year of current clinical experience following RN licensure (professional resume).
  • Current clinical nursing experience within five years prior to application (professional resume).
  • Physical and mental capability to perform wound ostomy continence nursing role.
  • Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation certificate.
  • Completed Student Health Records Packet.
  • Evidence of personal health insurance (copy of cards or certificate).
  • Current professional liability insurance (individual policy, not through employer).
  • Criminal record check clearance.
  • Urine drug screening.

Important Program Information:

Program Formats

The Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Program’s onsite format combines the best of onsite classroom instruction with clinical practicum experience close to home.  The Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden’s WOCNEP is comprised of two 5-credit didactic courses taught Fall and Spring in a once weekly, late afternoon-early evening format for easy commuting.  Learning experiences are presented by expert faculty and distinguished WOC nurse and interprofessional experts from the region.  Topics include wound care, urinary and fecal diversions (ostomy) and urinary/fecal incontinence. The clinical course component consists of a 160-hour practicum (3 credits) with a credentialed expert preceptor located in the student’s geographic area plus a bi-weekly class meeting in the summer semester.

Class Calendar

Onsite Class Calendar/Dates 2017-2018 | Download PDF


The WOCNEP curriculum is based on the WOCN accreditation curriculum blueprint.  Four major themes are represented in the two didactic courses: wound care, fecal and urinary diversions (ostomy), urinary and fecal incontinence, and professional practice.

Clinical Preceptor Information

Clinical Preceptors must meet stringent accreditation criteria as promulgated by the WOCN Society for clinical faculty. These criteria include:

  • A minimum of a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing OR registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in a discipline other than nursing.
  • Current CWOCN Board certification or current national nursing specialty certification in the specialty they teach
  • At least one year full time specialty practice after certification
  • Experience as a clinical preceptor or teaching experience or clinical preceptor workshop
  • Evidence of patient caseload that reflects full scope of WOC practice

Clinical Preceptor Manual | Download PDF

Clinical Preceptor Application | Download PDF

Note Well:  The Rutgers Camden WOCNEP does not provide nor pay for the clinical preceptor as per WOC accreditation processes.  However the Rutgers-Camden WOCNEP will assist in the identification and selection of a preceptor.  Clinical preceptors are required to submit an application to the Rutgers-Camden WOCNEP.  WOCNEP administrators review and accept the clinical preceptor.  A contract is signed between Rutgers School of Nursing-Camden and the clinical preceptor’s employer.  Contracts require time so the sooner the student contacts preceptors the better.  The program requires 160 hours of clinical practicum.

WOCNEP students and clinical preceptors will, independently of Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, negotiate financial arrangements for clinical instruction.  Students usually pay a fee to the preceptor/institution for the clinical practicum.  The fee varies widely based on region and institution.


Program Director

Jo Catanzaro, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Program Co-Director

Kevin Emmons, DrNP, MSN, CWCN, APN-C, DAPWCA
Wound Faculty

Additional faculty and lecturers include multidisciplinary healthcare professionals, WOC nurse educators, and clinicians from the wider region who are experts in their fields.


Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden advisors are happy to help. Please call (856) 225-2318, or email gradsnc@camden.rutgers.edu.

You may also contact our Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse Certification Program Director, Janice M. Beitz; please email Janice.beitz@camden.rutgers.edu.