No matter where you live, if you’re close to a computer, you’re close to the classroom. Because your coursework is delivered entirely online, there is no travel associated with attending classes. Which means you can keep working and earning wages while you complete your coursework. But keep in mind, that coursework is rigorous and comprehensive - as is intended to prepare you for the national certification exams and evidence-based clinical practice.
ONLINE does not always mean the same thing. This is not a traditional distance learning program. You’ll quickly notice a sense of community with your fellow learners and the faculty. Discussions, live webcasts and deadlines are critical in your pursuit of evidence-based healthcare.
So the webWOC Nursing Education Program gives you the best of both worlds: The value and convenience of distance learning and a tight-knit community. As a learner in the webWOC program, you "attend" online interactive classes presented by webWOC faculty. You receive timely feedback from these instructors, while you and your classmates participate in:
webWOC even conducts all quizes and finals online so when you’re ready to take your certification exam(s), you’ll be comfortable and familiar with the format!
- The webWOC Nursing Education Program is set up to challenge you, so you can attack the national certification exams with confidence. With that in mind, webWOC suggests that learners work .8 during the didactic portion of the program. However, most learners continue to work full-time throughout the Program.
webWOC alumni recommend that learners devote at least two hours per day to study (depending on your familiarity with the content, of course). As an adult learner, only you can appropriately plan your time but because webWOC coursework is open 24/7, you can complete assignments and quizzes according to your individual schedule!
Distance Co-Learning - Our alumni consistently state their appreciation of the co-learning experience provided through webWOC during the didactic portion of the program. You’ll have an opportunity to build relationships with learners like you while choosing study partners, working on projects in groups, and participating in class discussions - all without leaving your home.
Clinical Hours - To get the most out of the clinical practicum, you should plan to spend 2-3 days per week with your preceptor, so you can attend to the same patients multiple times and witness their progress.
The Clinical Practicum is intended to give you an opportunity to put into practice the new knowledge gained during the didactic portion of the program. For this reason, clinical hours qualify for the practicum only after you have successfully completed your coursework. Full Scope and Dual Scope learners should complete all didactic coursework prior to starting the Clinical Practicum so a solid foundation in theory is established prior to beginning practicum hours. Completing all of the coursework before beginning the practicum also makes the Clinical Practicum days easier for your preceptor to coordinate (particularly for Full Scope learners), as the more scopes you complete, the wider range of patients you are qualified to assist.
Completion Timeframe - The Full Scope Program (wound, ostomy and continence) typically takes 6-8 months to complete depending on your clinical practicum schedule. The Full Scope includes one semester of coursework (approximately 3 ½ months) and a 150-hour clinical practicum. Dual or Single Scopes typically take 3-6 months to complete. Each scope requires a 50-hour clinical practicum which is completed within one semester (1-3 months, depending on which scope or scopes you select).
The didactic coursework for a Full Scope of Practice (wounds, ostomy, and continence) may be completed within one semester (14 - 15 weeks depending on the semester). Dual and Single Scope Learners may finish the didactic portion of the program in less than a full semester depending on their scope of specialty. Courses are offered three times per year: Spring Semester begins in January, Summer Semester begins in May, and Fall Semester begins in September. For more information about our upcoming semesters, please visit our Program Schedule.
Eligibility for the National Certification Exams - After earning a certificate of completion in the Full, Dual or Single Scopes of WOC Nursing, you are eligible to take the national certification exam for each scope you have completed. To earn a certificate of completion from webWOC, you must complete the clinical practicum portion of the program as mandated by WOCN accreditation.