Ostomy Management Specialist℠
Certification Course

Each year thousands of individuals in the United States face life-changing surgeries that require trained professionals to care for their unique, lifelong needs. Ranging from infants to adults, these individuals have experienced ostomy surgeries to correct gastrointestinal or urinary tract disorders. They require pre- and post-operative support and education training and counseling, some for many years after their surgeries. They deserve the best health care available to meet their unique needs. Successful adaptation to the issues these surgeries cause requires professionals who understand both the physiological and emotional challenges people with stomas face on a daily basis. Become part of the solution.

The Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS) certification program is a weeklong course created and designed by a group of clinicians (CWOCN & WOC nurses, physicians and surgeons) along with consulting physical therapists and occupational therapists as it relates to their scope of involvement. In addition, we received input from ostomy patients, care givers and clinicians that care for the ostomy patient. This program was created due to the overwhelming requests WCEI® received in the past ten years. There just are not enough ostomy nurses available to meet the need of this patient population.
Course Schedule:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Exam: Fri 8:00 am-11:00 am

This program requires you to complete computer-based pre-course
modules at home before attending the on-site portion of the class.

Health care providers with an active unrestricted license and who have practiced the equivalent of one year full-time within the last five years as a: Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Physicians or Physician Assistant may sit for the exam. Click here for complete details on eligibility.

The Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS) certification course includes eight self-paced computer-based IN-HOME instructional modules that must be completed prior to attending the classroom portion. ON-SITE classroom instruction include lectures and hands-on skills laboratories and practice sessions. Delivered by dynamic CWOCN-credentialed instructors from diverse health care disciplines and settings, the program will prepare the attendee for the Ostomy Management Specialist certification exam. The required in-home pre-module study takes 15-30 hours to complete. Please allocate sufficient time to complete the modules prior to taking the on-site course and exam.
Click here for our cancellation policy. Click here for course content summary.

Upon successful completion of the OMS certification course, qualified participants are eligible to take the OMS Exam. The OMS Exam is offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care® and Ostomy (NAWCO®). OMS initials are the credential mark of the NAWCO certification and can be used after passing the exam. OMS provides an added credential beyond licensure and demonstrates by examination the acquired core body of specialized knowledge.
To receive the OMS Candidate Handbook, click here.