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Emory WOCNEC Experiential Pathway Program - Ostomy is a Course

Emory WOCNEC Experiential Pathway Program - Ostomy

Time limit: 90 days
57 credits

$825 Enroll

Full course description

Course Description:

Accredited by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society since 1976, the WOC Nursing Education Program prepares the graduate nurse to provide specialty care for patients with ostomies and continent diversions. This program is geared towards the nurse who has at last 1,500 clinical hours in the Ostomy specialty, and is looking to obtain WOCNB certification following the experiential pathway. The experiential pathway allows RN's with direct patient clinical hours in a specialty to expedite the certification process.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be awarded 57 contact hours, which exceeds the 50 contact hours necessary to apply for WOCNCB Continence certification via the Experiential Pathway.

Select Topics

  • Anatomy and physiology of the GI/GU systems
  • Assessment and diagnostic testing
  • Disease processes and indications for a urinary or fecal diversion
    • Adult
    • Pediatric
  • Surgical construction of stomas and continent diversions
  • Pre-op counseling
  • Stoma site marking
  • Management of urinary and fecal diversions
    • Stoma
    • Peristomal skin
    • Complications
    • Difficult pouching considerations
  • Product selection
  • Sexual counseling/rehabilitative care
  • Oncology issues for the ostomy patient
  • Fistulas
  • Percutaneous tubes

Requirements for Course Completion

  • Read the Core Content (hard copy* or electronic version)
  • Watch the Video Lessons
  • Complete the Learning Exercises (not submitted nor graded)
  • Pass Ostomy Exams 1 and 2 (two attempts each exam to score 80%)
  • It should take approximately 57 hours to complete this course. 

For more information on the Experiential Pathway requirements, please visit and

Contact Hours: 
Emory Nursing Professional Development Center (ENPDC) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Attendees to this CNE activity will be awarded 57 contact hours by ENPDC.

Need Help with Registration? Please contact us at or 404-727-9208. 

*Additional international shipping charges may apply for those residing outside of the United States to have hard copy mailed to them.