OMS Ostomy Certification Course - Live Online

Our live online Ostomy Certification Course helps prepare you for the Ostomy Management Specialist certification exam with practical training. 
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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

This course is intended for multiple professions including nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, and other healthcare professionals interested in wound care.


Nurses: 36 contact hours
Physical Therapists: 36 contact hours
Dietitians: 36 contact hours

Contact hours includes 6.0 hours for completion of required pre-course modules.
Joy Hooper, RN, BSN, CWOCN, OMS, WCC, AWCC, planner for this educational event, disclosed that she is on the clinical advisory board for SafeNSimple and Stomagienics, and a consultant for Stomagienics. All the relevant financial relationships listed for Ms. Hooper have been mitigated.
None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Accreditation Information

WCEI Jointly Accredited Provider logo In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
CDR Commission on Dietetic Registration Logo As a Jointly Accredited organization, Relias LLC is accredited to offer dietetic continuing education by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). The CDR is an associate member of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.
Dietetics-related continuing education from Relias LLC, regardless of target profession, is acceptable, if the learning relates to the Competencies/Performance Indicators (PIs) on the learner's Step 1 Learning Plan.
Relias LLC is a licensed physical therapy continuing Education sponsor (#216.000290) by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Certificates must be retained by the licensee for a period of 5 years after course completion. Please check with your state for prior approval.
Tuition Cost

Tuition Rate

$2.097 Initial certification
$1,997 Alumni Student
Recertification Information

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-class modules

  • Live instructor-led education

  • Contact hours upon completion (visit “Certificates” tab)

  • WCEI® Ostomy Management Course workbook

  • Exam prep tools, including flashcards and end-of-lesson knowledge quizzes

  • Pre-exam certification review

  • Tools: pen and highlighter

Ongoing Education

  • Nurses: Free 1-year Standard or Premium APRN subscription

  • Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist or Dieticians: FREE 1-year subscription to Relias Academy

  • Physician: access to free CMEs on

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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.

Pre-Course Modules (8 hours)

Days 1-4
8:00AM - 5:00PM
Classroom Training

Day 5
8:00AM - 11:00AM

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.


Pre-Course Modules
  • General Overview of Ostomy Care
  • Principles of Wound Management
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Gastrointestinal Ostomies
  • GI Disorders That May Require Ostomy Surgery
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Urinary System
  • Types of Urinary Diversions
  • Urinary Tract Disorders That May Require Ostomy Surgery

Live Class Lessons
  • Adjustment to a Stoma
  • Stoma Assessment
  • Stoma Siting
  • Appliances, Pouching, and Accessory Products for Stoma Care
  • Peristomal Skin Complications
  • Stoma Complications
  • Fistula Management
  • Special Ostomy Procedures
  • Appliance Assessment
  • Tube Management
  • Pediatric Ostomy Management
  • Patient Education
  • Test-Taking Tips

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 have been working in the Wound and Ostomy Field since I obtained my WCC. As the full time Wound Ostomy Team member (working with two WOCNs), I have been told on numerous occasions from physicians that I am considered to be a colleague. I have won over even the hardest physicians with my assessment, treatment and skills! Nothing feels better than earning that kind of respect. Thank you to WCEI for opening the door! I just stepped though and my life has been changed forever!”
Rachel Pacheco, RN, CWCS, DAPWC, WCC
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