Online Ostomy Certification Course

Our self-paced online certification course prepares you for the Ostomy Management Specialist certification exam through a flexible, online schedule. 

Tuition Cost
Schedule & Content

Improve Treatment Outcomes for Ostomy Patients with Online Training

All Levels of Nursing - Physicians - Physical Therapists - Occupational Therapists - Registered Dietitians

Each year thousands of people face life changing surgeries to correct gastrointestinal or urinary tract disorders. These individuals are from all age groups and require trained professionals to help them successfully adapt to the unique concerns caused by these surgeries. An ostomy specialist is trained to understand both the physiological and emotional challenges people with stomas face on a daily basis.

Our educational programs are based on current standards of practice to help you build advanced clinical knowledge that leads to long-lasting benefits for yourself and your patients.

Online Learning - the flexibility to advance your education, on your schedule

This online course includes:

  • Access to course materials for six months upon purchase
  • Access to your digital course workbook
  • Access to the Relias Live Platform with study support tools including learning games and digital flashcards
  • Real-time readiness data that tracks your progress and proficiency 
  • Eliminates travel time and expense
  • Final exam to simulate test day and gauge your readiness

Certification Examination

Your clinical experience and the knowledge gained from the course will help prepare you for an Ostomy Management Specialist certification exam. The Final Exam for the OMS program has 284 questions.

After registering for the course, if you plan to sit for a certification exam, you will select a credentialing board, complete their exam application, and pay their certification fees.  The credentialing board determines your exam eligibility.  

Leave Your Worries Behind with Test Prep Confidence

We want you to succeed! If you don’t pass your credentialing exam after completing one of our courses, we will provide you with 6 months of free access to the online Ostomy Management course for continued study. It’s our way of ensuring you can continue to prepare for the exam to reach your goal. Simply send a copy of your exam results within 30 days of receiving them to  [email protected].



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 include 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

$1,897 Initial Certification
$1,797 Alumni Student
$597 Recertification

Certification Examination fees: 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.


The WCEI Difference 

  • What you get with WCEI courses 

  • Premium Content: Our course content is updated and reviewed by industry professionals at a minimum of every three years. We pride ourselves on having the most current, up to date course content in the industry.   

  • Learner Supportive Platform: Our wound care courses are hosted on the propriety Relias Live Learning Management System. 

  • Flexible Payment Options: We offer a variety of flexible payment options through Affirm.

  • Continuous Learning: We provide continuing education throughout your career. 

Included with Tuition

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

  • Access to your digital course workbook

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

  • Pre-exam certification review

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

Financial Options Cancellation Policy

Schedule & Content

Course Schedule

Upon purchasing the online course, you have 180 days to complete all 22 sections at your pace.  After completing the online course, work with your selected credentialing board to schedule your certification exam at a testing center.

CE Hours: 36

Online Sections


Section 1: General Overview of Ostomy Care

Learning Objectives:

  • Define ostomy and stoma.

  • Differentiate between an incontinent diversion and a continent diversion.
  • Relate how the practice of the Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS) may differ in select healthcare settings.

Section 2: Wound Healing

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate types of wound closure.
  • Identify primary action(s) in each of the four phases of wound healing.
  • Recall at least three benefits of moist wound healing.
  • Relate at least three factors or conditions that can impair wound healing.

Section 3: Anatomy and Physiology of the GI System

Learning Objectives:

  • State the function of the four layers of the alimentary canal.
  • Discriminate between the locations and the functions of each structure of the alimentary canal from the mouth to the anus.
  • Define the functions of the accessory organs.

Section 4: GI Ostomies

Learning Objectives:

  • Discriminate between the types of GI incontinent ostomies.
  • Differentiate between an end stoma, a loop stoma, and a double barrel stoma.
  • Detail ideal stoma characteristics.
  • Compare and contrast a Kock pouch and an ileoanal reservoir.
  • Identify postoperative management of the patient with a GI ostomy.

Section 5: Gastrointestinal Disorders that May Require Ostomy Surgery 

Learning Objectives:

  • Contrast dynamic and adynamic bowel obstructions.
  • Differentiate symptoms and diagnostic findings of ulcerative colitis from Crohn’s disease.
  • Recall at least three extraintestinal manifestations associated with inflammatory bowel disease.
  • List at least three medications commonly used for inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Identify surgical interventions frequently used for colorectal cancer, abdominal trauma, and ruptured diverticulum.

Section 6: Anatomy and Physiology of the Urinary System

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the components of the upper urinary tract and the lower urinary tract.
  • Recall at least three functions of the kidney.
  • Outline the micturation process.

Section 7: Types of Urinary Ostomies

Learning Objectives:

  • Contrast an ileal conduit and a ureterostomy.
  • Differentiate between an Indiana pouch and a Mitrofanoff diversion.
  • Relate the care of an orthotopic neobladder.

Section 8: Urinary Tract Disorders that May Require Ostomy Surgery

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify at least three risk factors for bladder cancer.
  • Differentiate between a segmental cystectomy and a radical cystectomy.
  • Recall at least three interventions for interstitial cystitis.
  • Relate the pathophysiology of neurogenic bladder.

Section 9: Adjustment to a Stoma

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the 4 phases of adjustment.
  • Identify emotions that a new ostomy patient is likely to experience before and after the creation of a stoma or a continent diversion.
  • State at least 3 specific interventions to assist the patient with a stoma with adaptation to the stoma.

Section 10: Stoma Assessment

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize key characteristics required for stomal and peristomal skin assessment.
  • Demonstrate a stoma assessment.

Section 11: Stoma Siting

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the principles of stoma siting.
  • Restate the steps of stoma siting procedure for optimal location on abdomen for a stoma.

Section 12: 

Learning Objectives:

  • Pouching System and Accessory Products for Stoma Care: Outline the different types and indications of pouching systems and accessories used with stoma pouching systems.
  • Classify ostomy pouching systems based on construction as one- or two-piece, closed end or drainable, and characteristics of the skin barriers.
  • Demonstrate application, emptying, and removal of a cut to fit pouching system.

Section 13: Peristomal Skin Complications

Learning Objectives:

  • Recall the etiology, identification, and treatment of 5 peri-stomal complications.

Section 14: Stoma Complications

Learning Objectives:

  • Recall the etiology, identification, and treatment, both conservative and surgical, if appropriate, of 5 stomal complications.

Section 15: Fistula Management

Learning Objectives:

  • Differentiate between types of fistulas in terms of causative factors, pathophysiology, and principles of management.

Section 16: Special Ostomy Procedures

Learning Objectives:

  • List indications, contraindications, and procedure steps for colostomy irrigation.

  • Relate causes, symptoms, and interventions for ileostomy food blockage.
  • Demonstrate the “crusting” procedure.

Section 17: Pouching System Assessment

Learning Objectives:

  • Choose interventions for 3 pouching system challenges.

Section 18: Tubes

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the purpose, design, location in the intestine, methods of accessing and management of three enterostomal and three enterostomy tubes.
  • Summarize the best evidence for preventing urinary catheter-related complications.
  • State how to assess for, prevent, and manage four enteral tube complications.

Section 19: Management of the Pediatric Patient with an Ostomy

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify conditions the pediatric patient may have that require a fecal or urinary diversion.
  • Summarize the management of a pediatric patient with a urinary or fecal diversion.

Section 20: Patient Education

Learning Objectives:

  • 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 patient teaching methods for application, emptying and removal of a pouching system.
  • Summarize 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.

Section 21: OMS Workbook


Section 22: OMS Final Exam


Supplementary Content:

All learners, regardless of onsite/live online/online self-paced should receive the same content. Self-paced lessons are uploaded for onsite/live online learners as a resource item. The PowerPoint presentations are identical to slides included in the self-paced lessons.

  • Flash Cards
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Match Up
What Others Say Matters
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