Ostomy Management Course

Thousands of people face life-changing surgeries to correct gastrointestinal or urinary tract disorders every year. These patients (of all ages) require trained professionals to help them successfully adapt to their unique post-surgery concerns.

The Ostomy Management Specialist course includes hands-on workshops and online course modules that will take you through the anatomy and physiology of the systems involved in fecal/urinary diversions. The course will prepare you for the board certified Ostomy Management Specialist ® (OMS) exam administered by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO®).

Learning Objectives

The course includes eight self-paced, home-based computer instructional modules, followed by onsite classroom courses with lectures, hands-on skills laboratories, and practice sessions.

  • 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.
  • And more (click here for more details)

Onsite 5-day Course

Days Time Agenda
1 - 4 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Classroom training
5 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. NAWCO proctored certification examination
Tuition rate

$2,797 - Wound Central Subscriber Rate*
Use discount code WC17

$2,597 WCEI Alumni Rate

Materials Include
  • Home study pre-modules and classroom training (instructor information)
  • WCEI program manual
  • Learning aides including glossary and sample exam questions
  • Tools, including a business tote bag, pen and highlighter
  • Pre-exam certification review
  • 36.00 Continuing Education Credits (CEU details)
  • Access to "Alumni Only" materials and resources
  • Networking lunches (most locations)
Examination Eligibility Requirements

Confirm that you meet eligibility requirements to sit for Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS®) board certification exam or call the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO) at 877-922-6292.

* Not available with other offers