Ostomy Care Associates Program

Chicago, IL US
July 12, 2021
Please join us for the next OCA class!
The next class is scheduled for July 12, 2021.
The Ostomy Care Associates program is a continuing education program to educate heath care professionals in all care settings. The program will equip the non-specialty professional with the ability to provide basic ostomy care, to help problem solve ostomy and fistula care dilemmas.

Enrolling in the Ostomy Care Associates (OCA) program will increase you or your staffs’ basic ostomy knowledge and increase confidence on how to care for people with an ostomy. The OCA program will provide the proper knowledge and hands on experience to properly teach people with an ostomy how to care for their ostomy, will have a working knowledge of pouching systems (how to assess for use, how to address peristomal skin issues) as well as help the person with a new stoma move toward adjustment.
The Ostomy Care Associates educational program consists of pre-recorded online learning modules that the learner will study over a two-month period of time allowing the learner to complete the modules when convenient. After completion of the online learning modules the learner will participate in a hands-on skills day to demonstrate competence in stoma management followed by written test to document knowledge acquisition. The testing and competency will be held at the University of Chicago Medicine.
The objectives of the program are:
  • Enhance learners’ ability to provide optimal care for people with ostomies.
  • Equip the learner with the ability to provide basic optimal care for people with ostomies.
  • Educate and prepare more skilled ostomy care providers across all health care settings.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for non-specialty licensed ostomy care professionals, such as licensed health care providers, medical assistants, medics, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses, physicians, and other healthcare professionals who provide proper care to people who have an ostomy.

Learning Objectives

The OCA Program will provide instruction on how to:
  • Measure a stoma
  • Pouch a stoma
  • Assess and evaluate peristomal and stoma complications
  • Perform a colostomy Irrigation
  • Provide fistula management
  • Stabilize percutaneous tubes
Organization Benefit: By supporting staff to complete the OCA program the staff member will receive training on how to provide high quality care to patients with ostomies and fistulas.
Once enrolled the participant will receive a workbook and syllabus.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
For more information, please contact:
CME Coordinator Contact Name: 
OCA Program Course Coordinators
CME Coordinator Contact Email: 
Event starts: 
07/12/2021 - 12:00am
Event ends: 
07/12/2021 - 11:59pm
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
The total estimated time for the learner completion of the course is about 35 hours and the learner has 8 weeks to complete the online learning modules prior to the 8 hour hands-on skills and testing day held at University of Chicago Medicine.

To see sample videos of the OCA Program Modules please visit: https://www.wocn.org/page/AboutOCAProgram
Module TopicSpeaker
Anatomy & Physiology of GI Tract
Dorothy Doughty
Colostomy: Indications, Surgical Construction, and Management
Dorothy Doughty
Ileostomy, Jejunostomy: Indications Surgical Construction, and Management
Janice Colwell
A & P of GU System: Implications for Ostomy Care
Janice Colwell
Incontinent Urinary Diversions: Indications, Surgical Construction and Management
Janice Colwell
Pouching Systems
Janice Colwell
General Considerations in Ostomy Patient Care and Education
Dorothy Doughty
Rehabilitation: Living Well with an Ostomy
Dorothy Doughty
Peristomal Complications
Janice Colwell
Stomal Complications
Dorothy Doughty
Continent Diversions: Abdominal and Pelvic Reservoirs
Dorothy Doughty
Fistula Management: Nursing Challenges
Dorothy Doughty
Percutaneous Tube Management
Janice Colwell
University of Chicago Medical Center
5841 S Maryland Ave
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
To learn more about the University of Chicago Medical Center, click here.

After completing the online modules, the hands-on skills and testing day will be held at University of Chicago Medical Center. The location of the classroom for the skills and testing will be e-mailed to learners.
The University establishes preferred relationships with hotels in Hyde Park and the city of Chicago for visitors and guests. These hotels offer discounted rates and complimentary amenities when booking under the University's name. Please contact the hotel directly and request "The University of Chicago rate" to receive the discounted rate and to ensure your stay is credited as a University booking. These rates are subject to availability. For the complete list of hotels and more information, click here!
For assistance with directions and parking, click here.
Contact OCA Program Coordinators via e-mail here.

ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact OCA Program Coordinators via email at OCAProgram@uchospitals.edu.

The University of Chicago reserves the right to cancel or postpone this conference due to unforeseen circumstances. In the unlikely event, this activity must be canceled or postponed, the registration fee will be refunded; however, The University of Chicago is not responsible for any related costs, charges, or expenses to participants, including fees assessed by airline/travel/lodging agencies.

Maggie Mae Baenziger, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Martha Branstiter, BSN, RN, CWOCN
Janice C. Colwell, APRN, CWOCN, FAAN
Kathleen Michels, MSN, RN, CWOCN
Michele Kaplon-Jones, MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CWOCN, CFCN
Laura Williamson, BSN, RN, CWON

Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Upon successful completion of the course and the hands on skills day the nurse will receive 27 contact hours thru the American Nurses Credentialing Center – all other participants will receive a certificate of completion.
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Affiliation Type
Registration Fee
UChicago Clinician
Non-UChicago Clinician
There is a $49 discount per learner for groups of 5 or more.
Contact OCAProgram@uchospitals.edu for the discount code!

CANCELLATION POLICY If you cancel your participation in this conference, your registration fee less $100 will be refunded when written notification is received two weeks before the start of the course. No refunds will be made less than two weeks before the start of the course.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the OCA Program Course Coordinators via e-mail here.
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