Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) Program

Ostomy Care Associate (OCA) Program

Welcome to the OCA Course

The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society™ (WOCN®) 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 their ostomy team. The OCA Program prepares non-specialty nurses to provide basic ostomy care.

Getting Started

If you are a WOC nurse who would like to bring the OCA Program to your health care setting, please click on the blue button in the top right corner to apply to be an OCA Course Coordinator. You can also click that button to apply to be a Clinical Skills Instructor.

Before you conduct a course, the person or institution purchasing the license must complete a legal agreement and submit it to the WOCN Society. Blank license agreements are emailed to all Course Coordinators when their applications are approved.

After being approved as a Course Coordinator, the next step is to purchase the Program License, for a fee of $2,500. This three-year license will allow the course coordinator to enroll up to 100 students in the OCA Program. To purchase this license, add it to your cart by clicking on the blue button at the top right of the screen. You will then see the course appear in your cart at the very top of the page. From there, you may check out and pay.

In addition to the program license, another $150 fee is charged for each participant that is enrolled in the program. Further instructions for purchasing participant licenses are available to Course Coordinators.

If you need to pay for the program and/or participant licenses by check and request an invoice, please contact oca@wocn.org.

If you have been approved to offer OCA Program and have purchased a license or are a participant that has been invited by your Course Coordinator, click on the Start Program button at the top right of the page. That will bring you to a list of all modules available through the course, which you can click to view. The modules must be viewed in order.

You may also access the course by clicking on My Account at the top of the page, and then selecting My Courses from the menu on the left side of the page. You must be logged in to view the course.

Tech Support

If you are unable to view the course content, please be sure you are logged in at the top of the page. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact our Customer Support team.

Clinical Skills Instructor Information

Below is a collection of resources that Clinical Skills Instructors can refer to for more information about their role and responsibilities in the administration of the OCA course. If you encounter questions that you'd like answered here, please let us know at oca@wocn.org. We can add more resources to this section to make your use of the program easier.

Wound Care Certification Review Course

Program Overview:
This session was recorded during the 2015 WOCN Annual Conference. It will provide a brief overview of content addressed in the wound certification exam; the focus will be on test taking strategies and a number of practice questions and test scenarios will be used to review key content areas and test taking strategies. Additional exam preparation resources are available on WOCNCB website, at https://www.wocncb.org/certifi...

Upon successful completion of this educational program, the learner should be able to:
  1. Identify basic test taking strategies.
  2. Outline key factors to be included in wound assessment and wound management.
  3. Describe essential elements of pressure ulcer prevention and management.
  4. Utilize knowledge of leg ulcer pathology to provide differential assessment and management of leg ulcers.