The OCA® Program

Week 1Mar. 10 - Mar. 16 Orientation Meeting
  • Introduction/Overview Course.
  • Review Position Statement for Role & Scope of Practice for Ostomy Care Associate (OCA).
  • Review Sample Position Description for a nurse completing the OCA Program.
Week 2Mar. 17 - Mar. 23

Module 1:
Anatomy & Physiology of GI Tract.

Module 2: Colostomy:
Colostomy: Indications, Surgical Construction, and Management.

Module 3:
Ileostomy, Jejunostomy: Indications Surgical Construction, and Management.

Week 3Mar. 24 - Mar. 30

Module 4:
Anatomy & Physiology of GU System: Implications for Ostomy Care.

Module 5:
Incontinent Urinary Diversions: Indications, Surgical Construction and Management.

Module 6:
Pouching Systems

Week 4Mar. 31 - Apr. 6th

Module 7:
General Considerations in Ostomy Patient Care and Education.

Module 8: Rehabilitation:
Rehabilitation: Living Well with an Ostomy.

Week 5Apr. 7 - Apr. 13

MidwayConference Call

Conference call scheduled with the participants to assess their progress through then lessons and answer questions/clarify areas of confusion.

Week 6Apr. 14 - Apr. 20

Module 9:
Peristomal Complications

Module 10:
Stomal Complications

Week 7Apr. 21 - Apr. 27

Module 11:
Continent Diversions: Abdominal and Pelvic Reservoirs

Module 12:
Fistula Management: Nursing Challenges

Week 8Apr. 28 - May 4

Module 13:
Percutaneous Tube Management

Week 9May 5 - May 11

Exam Preparation

Posttest Practice Questions/Practice Clinical Case Scenarios.

Review videos/procedures for course competencies.

Week 10May 12 - May 18

On-site clinical skills competency training and testing (exact date within this week to be determined)

Demonstration/return demonstration of course competencies.

Clinical Skills Competency Tests.

Week 11May 19 - May 27

Student Self Study/Review/Prep for Exam.

Week 12May 28 - May 31

Online Final Exam

Written online exam – 40 multiple choice questions.

Online course evaluation and certificate of completion.

Requirements for Successful Completion of the Course

To receive the certificate of completion and 27.0 contact hours, participants must complete the entire online activity, receive a passing score of 70% or above, satisfactorily demonstrate required clinical skills competency, and complete a course evaluation form.