Exam Preparation

Whether this is your first WOC or Foot Care examination or your recertification exam, preparation is the key to success.

How to Prepare for the Initial Certification Examination

Considering certification in Wound Care, Ostomy Care, Continence Care, Foot Care or Advanced Practice, but do not know where to start to prepare for the examination? Below please find some helpful tools and suggestions:

Review the Candidate Exam Handbook

Considering certification? Download the Candidate Exam Handbook, it is a 46 page PDF document and details: eligibility requirements, the application process, exam content and general WOCNCB® policies. Download Candidate Examination Handbook PDF

For WTA-C the handbook is 23 pages and can be downloaded here.

Review Exam Content Outlines

Exam items are based on the WOCNCB® Role Delineation Study which collected information on WOC, Foot Care, and AP nursing practices. The exam content outlines are an essential tool in preparing for certification by examination.  The outlines provide a guide for reviewing key areas and creating an effective study plan.

You can find the content outlines for each specialty here. Go over the outline to determine your strengths and weaknesses. From there you can develop a study map to focus on the areas that you may not be as familiar with as you are with others.

List of Textbook References

These lists do not attempt to include all acceptable references, nor is it suggested that the WOCNCB® examinations are necessarily based on these references.

For suggested textbook references for Wound, Ostomy, and Continence care click here.

For suggested textbook references for Foot care click here

AP textbook references coming soon.

Practice Exam (Self Assessment Exam)

WOCNCB® offers web-based practice exams through Castle Worldwide, Inc., the testing company that facilitates the certification exams.  Each exam contains 40 questions and its purpose is to give candidates an idea of the format of the exam, the general feel of the questions, and the type of analysis you need to do in order to answer correctly. You can find practice exams here.

Flash Cards

Study with OFFICIAL WOCNCB® Flash Card Sets.  Wound, Ostomy and Continence flash card sets are available. Each flash card set contains 200 questions and can be ordered here.

Note: Other third-party organizations offer flash cards that are not prepared by nor endorsed by WOCNCB®. Other flash cards may have the WOCNCB® name or acronym on them, but they are not produced by WOCNCB® and are not sold on the WOCNCB® website

Review Courses

Review courses are developed independently and are not endorsed by WOCNCB®.  Both the WOCN Society and WOCN Education Programs offer review course and can be found here.

Exam Tips

WOCNCB® offers helpful exam taking tips that can be found here.

Sample Test

WOCNCB® exams are taken at a testing site. Castle Worldwide has developed helpful tools to demonstrate the CASTLE testing environment. Any questions you may have about the testing software should be answered by these demonstrations and can be found here.

Other Study Tools

Getting Ready for Certification articles

The Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing (JWOCN) offers free “Getting Ready for Certification” articles for Wound, Ostomy, Continence and Foot Care.  These articles are written by WOCNCB® Certified nurses and grouped by specialty under the Collections section of the JWOCN online here.

WOCNCB®'s experienced and dedicated staff and volunteers are also available to answer your questions and point you in the right direction.

E-mail info@wocncb.org for assistance.

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