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Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) Program


The OCA Program is now live!  To learn more and submit your Course Coordinator application, click here.


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The WOCN Society developed the Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) Program as a continuing education program to further empower wound, ostomy and continence (WOC) specialty nurses and to improve patient outcomes by enhancing the general ostomy knowledge for the entire nursing team.

The OCA Program prepares LPNs, RNs, and other licensed clinicians to provide optimal care in ostomy, fistula, and percutaneous tube care, and function as an invaluable extension of any WOC Nurse Team.

Why Choose the OCA Program?

  • The OCA Program is an evidence-based online course that meets international guidelines for ostomy care and provides 27.0 contact hours for nurses.
  • Unlike other ostomy education courses, the OCA Program requires hands-on training and testing facilitated by a WOCNCB-certified specialty nurse (CWOCN®, CWON®, COCN®, CWOCN-AP® or COCN-AP®).
  • Pricing is designed to provide affordable ostomy care education.
  • On-demand delivery platform provides flexible and accessible education.
  • Program was developed and presented by internationally-recognized CWOCN leaders and educators in ostomy and fistula patient management.
  • Program content provides clear delineation of role and importance of CWOCN consultation for complex ostomy or fistula patient management.


 Development of the OCA Program was funded in part by an unrestricted educational grant from Hollister, Inc.

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The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15115.

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