Live Online Ostomy Management Specialist Course

Tuition Cost
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Improve Outcomes for Ostomy Patients with Our Ostomy Management Course

Education for all levels of Nursing - Physicians - Physician Assistants - Physical Therapists - PTAs - Occupational Therapists - OTAs - Registered Dietitians

The live online Ostomy Management course features a complete interactive learning experience that trains clinicians to understand crucial physiological and emotional challenges faced daily by stoma patients. The curriculum will prepare you for the Ostomy Management Specialist certification examination with real-world and practical training that can be implemented in your practice immediately.
Interactive Instruction for Full Classroom Experience Online
Gain the many advantages of attending the course in a live online setting!

  • Experience the benefits of a live classroom and instructor from the comfort of your home
  • Enjoy shorter sessions that are more easily accommodated in your busy schedule
  • Engage in dialog with the instructor via moderated chat as the class progresses
  • Participate in Q&A sessions at the end of each lesson
  • Benefit from interactive learning without the expense and inconvenience of travel

Live Online Classroom Learning
The curriculum is developed and taught by dynamic and esteemed OMS certified instructors.  The benefits of our web-based training include:
  • Practical and hands-on use of new tools and techniques
  • Study guide materials that allow you to follow course flow
  • Time between sessions to review and prepare
  • Quiet, dedicated time to concentrate on the learning material

Certification Examination
Your clinical experience and the knowledge gained from this course will help prepare you for the Ostomy Management Specialist certification exam.  After registering for the course, if you plan to sit for the certification exam, you will select a credentialing board, complete their exam application, and pay their certification fees. The credentialing board determines your exam eligibility.

For your convenience, the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® administers their certification exam at PSI Testing Centers throughout the United States. You can contact them directly at 877-922-6292 for questions related to their exam and credential.
Can’t Find a Course that Fits Your Schedule?
For a minimum class size of 15, WCEI can bring our training to your healthcare providers or a community event. The certification course can be taught right at your facility or arranged as a live online experience.


Intended Audience:

The Skin and Wound Management Course is intended for multiple professions including nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and physicians. To find accreditation information for your profession visit Continuing Education Details.
Disclosure: The planners and author(s) of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity.

Additional Information For OT/OTA:

Occupational Therapists: This course is being re-submitted for AOTA approval. No CE's available at this time.
Joy Hooper, BSN, RN, CWOCN, OMS, WCC, is manager of MedicalCraft, LLC, an ostomy education company and owner of Community Ostomy/Wound Clinic. She discloses that she has received gifts and is on the advisory panel for Safe N Simple.
The planners this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
Occupational Therapy Level and Content Focus
Content Level: Advanced
Content Focus:
- Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention
- Occupational Therapy Process: Activity Demands
- Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation
Course delivery format: Live conference
Instructional Method: Live multi-day presentation using lecture, discussion, and PowerPoint
Tuition Cost

Tuition Rate

$2.497 Individual Student
$1,397 Recertification Student

Certification Examination and Recertification Fee: Fees are not included in the tuition rate. You will need to select a credentialing board, complete their exam application, and pay exam fees.

Group Code: A group code identifies a course tuition rate for organizations who have an agreement with WCEI®.  The code is given to individuals associated with the organization who are taking a course. The code, if applicable, must be used when registering for the course.

Included with Tuition

  • Online pre-course modules
  • Live online classroom training
  • Continuing education contact hours upon completion
  • WCEI® Ostomy Management Course workbook
  • Learning aides: glossary, sample questions and more
  • Pre-exam certification review (course review)
  • Exclusive access to resource materials

Financial Options Cancellation Policy
Schedule & Content

Live Online Example Schedule

Participants in the Ostomy Management Specialist Course must complete the eight (8) sections of computer-based precourse training, attend the live sessions in their entirety and submit the electronic evaluation form to receive continuing education credits.  Course schedules can vary; please refer to your specific course dates for details.

Example 8-Day Course Schedule

Day 1-8 : 3.5 evening hours daily across two weeks


Exam Information

Certification exams are offered by the credentialing boards at computer-based testing facilities.

If testing or recertifying with NAWCO®, you must call 877-922-6292 to make arrangements for your exam at a PSI Test Center or for your recertification requirements.  Please call them directly with any exam or recertification questions.


  • Section 1   Introduction
  • Section 2   Wound Healing
  • Section 3   Anatomy and Physiology of the Gastrointestinal System
  • Section 4   GI Ostomies
  • Section 5   Ostomy Surgery
  • Section 6   Anatomy and Physiology of the Urinary System
  • Section 7   Urinary Diversions
  • Section 8   Urinary Disorders that May Require Surgery
  • Section 9   Adjustment to a Stoma
  • Section 10 Stoma Assessment
  • Section 11 Stoma Siting
  • Section 12 Appliances, Pouching, and Accessory Products for Stoma Care    
  • Section 13 Peristomal Skin Complications
  • Section 14 Stoma Complications
  • Section 15 Fistula Management
  • Section 16 Special Ostomy Procedures
  • Section 17 Appliance Assessment 
  • Section 18 Tube Management
  • Section 19 Pediatric Ostomy Management
  • Section 20 Patient Education            

Learning Objectives

  • List key characteristics required for stomal and peristomal skin assessment.
  • Discuss the different types and indications of pouching systems and accessories used with stoma pouching systems.
  • Explain the steps of stoma siting procedure for optimal location on abdomen for a stoma.
  • Discuss emotions that a new ostomy patient is likely to experience before and after the creation of a stoma or a continent diversion.
  • Discuss the etiology, identification and treatment - both conservative and surgical, if appropriate - of the five stomal complications.
  • Differentiate between types of fistulas in terms of causative factors, pathophysiology and principles of management.
  • List indications, contraindications and procedure steps for colostomy irrigation.
  • Describe causes, symptoms and interventions for ileostomy food blockage.
  • Identify the purpose, design, location in the intestine, methods of accessing and management of three enterostomal and three enterostomy tubes.
  • State how to assess for, prevent and manage four enteral tube complications.
  • Discuss conditions in the pediatric patient that may require a fecal or urinary diversion.
  • Summarize the management of a pediatric patient with a urinary or fecal diversion.
  • Summarize the goals of pre-operative teaching, list what should be covered, and develop an individualized teaching plan for a patient based on an assessment of their learning needs.
  • Demonstrate a stoma assessment.
  • Demonstrate application, emptying and removal of a cut to fit two-piece pouching system.
  • Demonstrate patient teaching methods for application, emptying and removal of a pouching system.
  • Demonstrate the “crusting” procedure.
  • Explain the goals of post-operative teaching, list what should be covered, and develop an individualized teaching plan based on an assessment of their learning needs.
What Others Say Matters
“I would absolutely recommend taking the wound care certification course. I thought I knew what I was doing before the course, but after the course, I was way more confident and I could just build on those skills after that. I don’t think anybody should be doing wound care without the certification. It just adds so much to your knowledge and confidence and knowing what you’re doing to treat the wounds. And since my colleague and both I got certified, our wound care rates are through the roof-- they’re just amazing!”
Tara Swan, FNP, WCC, Carroll County Memorial Hospital
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