WOCNCB Credentials Accredited by ABSNC

The WOCNCB is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABNSC), formerly the ABNS Accreditation Council, for the following certifications:


ABSNC accreditation status is granted for five years.

ABSNC, the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification, is the standard setting body for nursing certification programs. ABSNC sets a very stringent and comprehensive accreditation process. WOCNCB provided extensive documentation demonstrating that it has met the 18 ABSNC standards of quality. Using the analogy that ABSNC is to nursing certification organizations that JCAHO is to hospitals is appropriate.

What does this mean for those interested in becoming certified or those already certified? It means that a nationally recognized, accrediting body has determined that the CWOCN, CWCN, CWON, COCN, and CCCN credentials are based on a valid and reliable testing process. It means that the structures in place to administer the examinations meet and even exceed the standards of the certification industry from a legally defensible perspective.

For further information about ABSNC and the accreditation process, visit their web site.

WOCNCB Credentials Accredited by NCCA

WOCNCB is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) for the following certifications: CWOCN®, CWCN®, CWON®, COCN®, and CCCN®. Accreditation by the prestigious NCCA assures that the WOCNCB has met the most stringent and rigorous standards for issuing its credentials. By meeting these standards, the WOCNCB helps to ensure safe and expert practice of wound, ostomy and continence nursing. Compliance must be demonstrated every five years and is a benchmark for certifying bodies to achieve.

Additionally, the WOCNCB believes that NCCA accreditation assures that

  • The validity and integrity of credentials issued by the WOCNCB are unquestionable and of the highest caliber.
  • Fair and equitable standards have been met for each certificant who is certifying or recertifying.
  • WOC certificants have earned credentials that are esteemed and valued among their peers, other medical professionals and employers.

The WOCNCB is proud of the hard-earned NCCA accreditation, and we hope our certificants share our pride. For further information about NCCA and the accreditation process, visit their website.

WOCNCB Credentials meet ANCC's Criteria for inclusion in the DDCT

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program® identifies certifications that Magnet-recognized and Magnet-applicant organizations may report in the Demographic Data Collection Tool™ (DDCT). WOCNCB credentials are listed in the DDCT. Identification of a national certification that may be used in the DDCT confirms that the credential meets the ANCC’s criteria for inclusion in the DDCT.  Inclusion in the DDCT is not an endorsement of the certification by the Magnet Recognition Program®

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