The WOCN Wound Ostomy and Continence Certifications are offered by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) to registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree. To become a Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN), you must be currently licensed as an RN and hold a baccalaureate degree. Additionally, you must meet ONE of the following requirements:
You must have 50 continuing education contact hours over the last five years in wound care and 1500 clinical experience hours over the past five years (at least 375 of those hours must be completed within the year prior to certification application).
You must complete a wound, ostomy, and continence nursing (WOCN) education program duly accredited by the WOCN
You must complete a graduate-level program in nursing with documentation of graduate clinical course work equivalent to two semester hours OR
The WOCNCB wound certification exam is offered four times a year at testing centers across the US and Canada. WOCN credentials are awarded for a five-year period. After five years you may re-certify by exam or through the Professional Growth Program, which involves submitting a portfolio outlining your continuing education, teaching, academic education, or other proof of specialization. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) is the only organization that provides wound care certification strictly for nurses. The WoundEducators.com ”BSN/NP Wound Certification Course“ which provides 57 CE/CME hours, will help to prepare you for the CWCN certification via the experiential pathway.