Ostomy Management Certification Course - Onsite

Our Wound Ostomy Management Certification Course helps you prepare for the ostomy certification exam in a 4-day onsite class. 

Tuition Cost
Schedule & Content

Dramatically Improve Outcomes for Underserved Ostomy Patients

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.

Onsite Classroom Learning

This week-long course is rigorous but highly dynamic and prepares you for the certification exam. Instructors include nurses from diverse health care backgrounds, who are credentialed, dynamic and passionate about Ostomy Management.

Your path to certification begins with online modules. These in-depth and engaging modules teach the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal and urinary systems, so that you begin the onsite class prepared for hands-on skills laboratories and practice sessions. Benefits of this onsite course include:
  • Quiet, dedicated time out of the office to really focus on wound care training
  • Real, practical and hands-on use of new tools and techniques
  • Opportunities to tackle subjects and ask questions outside the standard course training
  • Networking with other learners, sharing experiences and social interaction
  • Valuable feedback from the trainer and others in the group

Certification Examination

Your clinical experience and the knowledge gained from the course will help prepare you for a ostomy certification exam.

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.  For your convenience, the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® administers the certification examination at most course locations the day after the course concludes.

Contact NAWCO at 877-922-6292 for exam-related questions.

Can’t Find a Course Near You?

With a minimum class size of 15, WCEI® can bring a certification course right to your own facility, where you can include fellow healthcare providers and make the course a community event.

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

$2,297 Initial Certification
$2,197 Alumni Student
Recertification Information

Certification Examination fees: Fees are not included in the tuition rate.  ou 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

  • Online pre-class modules

  • Onsite course training

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

  • WCEI® Ostomy Management course workbook

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

  • Tools: pen and highlighter

  • Pre-exam certification review

  • Networking lunches at some locations

Ongoing Education

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

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

  • Physician: access to free CMEs on FreeCME.com

Financial Options Cancellation Policy

Schedule & Content


Four-Day Course

The course includes eight (8) self-paced, home-based computer instructional modules followed by an onsite classroom course with lectures, hands-on skills laboratories and practice sessions. Pre-course modules must be completed prior to live course start. Modules only available during class days with no extensions.

Pre-Course Modules (8 hours)

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

Day 5
8:00AM - 11:00AM
For your convenience, the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy® administers the certification examination at most course locations the day after the course concludes. Contact NAWCO at 877-922-6292 for exam-related 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
“Being certified has really increased patient satisfaction, satisfaction of the physicians. I think the physicians have high respect and high regard.”
Sandy Bjornstad, RN, OMS, WCC, Edgerton Hospital and Health Services
Edgerton, WI
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