The Post-BSN Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Certificate Program
Responding to the increased need for wound, ostomy and continence care needs of the community, La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences is proud to announce the return of the Post-Baccalaureate Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Education Certificate Program.
Consistent with Lasallian values, and the Mission of the Nursing Program, the mission of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Education Program is to provide scientifically based nursing curricula to educate clinically competent, caring, nurse professionals who are specialists in caring for patients with wound, ostomy and continence needs with a commitment to excellence in practice, service, life-long learning, and scholarship.
The Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Program prepares nurses to provide acute and rehabilitative care for people with disorders of the gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and integumentary systems. Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nurses provide direct and consultative care for persons with abdominal stomas, wounds, fistulas, pressure ulcers, and incontinence problems. La Salle University Post-BSN Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certificate Program is currently seeking approval to be accredited by the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society ™ (WOCN®). Upon successful accreditation in the Fall 2021, graduates of La Salle University Post-BSN Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certificate Program are eligible to become certified by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB ®).
- To prepare students to become specialists in providing care for patients/clients with wound, ostomy and continence needs.
- To facilitate students’ professional development by preparing them for certification in wound, ostomy and continence nursing
- To foster interprofessional, collaborative practice in the caring for patients with wound, ostomy and continence needs.
- Evidence of successful academic achievement in completing a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC- or CCNE-accredited program or the MSN Bridge program for those R.N.s with a non-nursing baccalaureate degree.
- Grade point average of 3.0 in baccalaureate nursing program
- Current RN licensure in Pennsylvania
- One year clinical experience following RN licensure. Current clinical experience within 5 years prior to application to program (current, active practice, completion of a nurse refresher course, or a clinical performance examination)
- Provide two professional reference contact information from professors or supervisors.
- A statement of interest in the Post-BSN Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certificate Program
New graduates will become valuable health care providers and interdisciplinary team members as well as helping to meet the unique needs of the population.
The program has been revised to meet the learning needs of today’s adult learner. The curriculum aligns with WOCN® standards. The program is delivered in an accelerated, 7-week online format. The restructure of the program allows students to take one, two or all three specialties.
NUR 720 – Professional Wound Ostomy Continence Model – the role of the WOC Nurse (required for all specialties)
Fall 1 – 2020
NUR 721 – Wound and Skin Care Specialty Course
Fall 2 – 2020
NUR 722 – Wound and Skin Care Specialty Practicum (50 hrs.)
NUR 723 – Ostomy Care Specialty Course
Spring 1 -2021
NUR 724 – Ostomy Care Specialty Practicum (50 hrs.)
NUR 725 – Urinary and Fecal Continence Care Specialty Course
Spring 2 – 2021
NUR 726 – Urinary and Fecal Continence Care Specialty Practicum (50 hrs.)
*Clinical practicum begin upon completion of the specialty course. When doing more than one specialty, clinical practicums start after at the completion of all specialty courses.