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Prepare for Certification in Specialties that Change Lives

Wound Care, Ostomy Care, Foot & Nail Care -- be there for patients and clients when your support can make all the difference. Learn the skills and be eligible for the exam in one semester with The Valley Foundation School of Nursing.

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What is more gratifying than becoming a certified wound and ostomy nurse?

The Nursing Specialty Advanced Certificate Program

The School of Nursing offers a Nursing Specialty Advanced Certificate Program for registered nurses graduated with a baccalaureate degree or higher. The program allows students to choose from one or more of the following courses: wound, ostomy, foot and nail. By taking only one course, students will be eligible to receive academic credits. Students taking at least two courses will be eligible to receive an advanced academic certificate.


About the Program

Discover the different courses including wound, ostomy, and foot and nail that make up the wound and ostomy certificate program at SJSU.


Learn more about the requirements for admission to SJSU's Nursing Specialty Advanced Certificate Program in wound, ostomy or foot and nail.


Get more information about the Nursing Specialty Advanced Certificate Program costs.

Course Schedule

Learn more about the course schedule for wound, ostomy, and foot and nail certifications as well as any practicum requirements for Spring and Fall 2022.

Clinical Preceptorship

Learn more about the options for completing the clinical practicum.


Get answers to frequently asked questions about our program.

Important Dates

Application Submission

For Spring 2022:
August 1, 2021 - November 1, 2021

For Fall 2022:
October 1, 2021 - July 1, 2022-deadline extended!

Spring 2022 Course Dates

Wound Didactic Course:
1/11 - 2/12/22

Ostomy Didactic Course:
2/22 - 3/26/22

Fall 2022 Course Dates

Wound Didactic Course:
8/16 - 9/17/22

Ostomy Didactic Course:
9/27 - 10/29/22

Foot and Nail Course (New):
9/14 - 12/4/22