Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Certification

The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) began certifying nurses in 1978 as a way to recognize and differentiate the value of expert nurses from those at an entry level.

Becoming board certified is a voluntary process that requires consistent evaluations of a nurse’s professional knowledge and skills. While a nurse who is not board certified may possess basic entry-level skills, he or she may not have the specialized skills and experience to adequately provide expert care. Board certification ensures that a nurse is knowledgeable and well qualified to provide specialized care to meet patients' wound, ostomy, continence, and foot care needs.

Upon passing the wound, ostomy or continence exam(s) individuals receive their CWOCN®, CWCN®, COCN®, CCCN®, or CWON® credential. Certification must be re-established every five (5) years.

The WOCNCB offers you the only independently certified credential that is solely dedicated to nurses.

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Considering certification?  Be sure to Download Candidate Examination Handbook PDF
The Candidate Handbook is a 51 page document.

The Candidate Exam Handbook details:

  • eligibility requirements
  • the application process
  • exam content
  • general WOCNCB policies.

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