Expectations & Qualifications

Expectations & Qualifications

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Clinical Expectations

Full Scope learners (wound, ostomy and continence) are required to complete 150 clinical hours (50 hours per scope). Ten (10) of every 50 hours may focus on foundations of professional practice, and can be utilized in the area of most need, an area of special interest, or in observation of unique practices, settings or procedures.

Learners must plan to see patients in acute care and outpatient care settings; other settings qualify but are not mandatory. For example, a home care experience is not required, though if the learner has not worked in home care, a one- or two-day experience is encouraged.


Learners participating  in a Wound and/or Ostomy practicum must plan to see patients primarily in acute care settings with limited experience in outpatient care.  Other care settings qualify but are not mandatory.  The goal is to gain access to a variety of patient conditions and treatment options.  Therefore, home care is not recommended as a primary practicum setting for learners taking Wound and/or Ostomy practica.  Learners completing a Continence practicum may work with preceptors whose primary care setting is the outpatient clinic.  However, inpatient continence experience is also required.

Preceptor Qualifications

To ensure learners receive the best possible Clinical Practicum educational experience possible, the webWOC Nursing Education Program requires that Preceptors meet the following standards: 


  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing or a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in a health-related field or unrelated field with competency demonstrated in assessment, public health, leadership and research/statistics.
  2. Certification: Board certified in tri-specialty as a CWOCN or has current WOCNCB specialty certification in the speciealty in which they teach/precept or has certified through a national nursing organization or national nurse credentialing center for their specialty area.
  3. At least 2 years of clinical experience in the specialty with one year of experience after certification.
  4. Evidence of adequate patient diversity, complexity and volume.
  5. Evidence of previous experience as a preceptor or clinical nursing educator experience OR completion of a formal preceptor preparation program/seminar including: principles of adult learning, clinical teaching strategies and clinical evaluation methodology.
  6. The Advance Practice Nurse who specializes in continence care must be certified as an NP or CNS.  Continence certification is desirable but not mandatory.
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