WOC Nursing, Ostomies and Continent Diversions Practicum

0.5 Graduate credit
Effective August 23, 2008 – December 17, 2018

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

The practicum will focus on the development of the certified WOC nurse with special emphasis on the care and management of the client with an ostomy or continent diversion across the life span. Students will integrate knowledge of anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, family, community and levels of evidence as they plan the nursing care and management for this unique patient population.

Special information

Prerequisite: Admitted MSN student or instructor's consent. Note: Course offered through our partners webWOCnursing Education Program. Special tuition applies; visit for program and tuition information. There are required online activities and assignments. This course includes a practicum component. Students arrange the practicum in their own community with the approval of webWOCnursing Education Program. If there is a fee required, the fee is the student's responsibility.

Learning outcomes


  • Modify the plan of care with appropriate interventions at appropriate time intervals based upon short and long term needs and outcomes related to abdominal contours, stoma construction, psychomotor skills, ability to perform ADLs, psychological adaptation, diet, ostomy function. skin care and prevention of complications.
  • Collaborate with patient and family and members of the health care team to gather data, participate in establishing the plan of care, communicate updates, and to order and evaluate necessary diagnostic studies to address common conditions involving the patient with an ostomy or continent diversion.
  • Demonstrate certified Wound Care Nurse behaviors at a beginning level.
  • Evaluate, diagnose and manage patient's response to plan of care including real or potential common complications associated with an ostomy or continent diversion in the client across the life span.
  • Utilize data collected from sources such as physical assessment, laboratory tests, diagnostic procedures, patient history and physical examination to establish an evidence- based, collaborative plan of care for the patient with an ostomy or continent diversion.