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  1. Apply online
  2. Scantron sends email confirmation of eligibility to exam
  3. Schedule your exam up to 12 months from the time of exam application submission (or prior to current credentials expiration)
  4. The scheduling system allows you to view exam dates 4 to 30 days out
  5. Testing sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis
  6. For listing of test sites, click here.

For information on rescheduling or retakes please contact Scantron at (919) 572-6880

Exam Pass Rates

The following statistics reflect the percentage of test-takers who passed the Advanced Practice wound, ostomy, continence exams in 2019. These numbers reflect pass rates of all exams taken, that is, the number of passing scores divided by the number of tests administered.  As of today, more than 8,800 Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care nurses are currently certified by the WOCNCB®.

Examination Number Testing  Pass Rate  Total Active as of 12/31/19
Wound Care Advanced Practice (CWCN-AP®) 77 95% 291
Ostomy Care Advanced Practice (COCN-AP®) 37 87% 131
Continence Care Advanced Practice (CCCN-AP® 16 88% 67
Combined CWOCN-AP® NA NA 52
Combined CWON-AP® NA NA 45
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