Ostomy Management Specialist® – FAQs

Question:

What is OMS Certification?

Answer:

OMS (Ostomy Management Specialist) certification is the title used to designate that a dedicated health care provider has completed all requirements to obtain this highly specialized certification for all patients requiring a fecal or urinary diversion.

Question:

Why is OMS certification important?

Answer:

Certification as an Ostomy Management Specialist (OMS) provides assurance to the public that the health care practitioner will provide safe and effective ostomy and skin management. The certification provides recognition that the individual has demonstrated a standard level of knowledge and proficiency in ostomy treatment, therapy, and management.

Question:

What are the eligibility requirements for OMS certification?

Answer:

The chart below illustrates the required pathway options necessary to pursue certification.

ostomy certificationCandidate Exam Handbook

*ADDITIONAL FEE REQUIRED FOR THE APPROVED “OSTOMY MANAGEMENT COURSE”.

Question:

Why do I need to become certified?

Answer:

OMS certification makes a statement regarding your professional skill set to patients, colleagues and employers. By meeting the requirements of certification, you have elevated yourself professionally. Most of all, this certification will ensure that you have the knowledge and skills to care for an underserved patient population, the ostomy patient.

Question:

Are stoma cases increasing in the United States?

Answer:

Stoma cases continue each year. There are simply not enough skilled health care professionals to provide a continuum of care for these patients. Patients need more support, including pre-operative education, post-operative training and continued counseling throughout the life cycle of their ostomy and/or fecal/urinary diversion.

Question:

What is the difference between OMS certification and CWOCN, COCN, CWON?

Answer:

Each certification confirms that the individual certified has completed all course requirements along with passing a certification exam. The certification asserts that the individual holds the knowledge and skill set to provide quality, efficacious therapy, treatment and counseling for ostomy patients and caretakers.

Being a multidisciplinary certification, OMS offers the opportunity to all levels of Nurses, Physicians, and Therapists to provide specialized ostomy care within their scope of practice and across the continuum of care.

The CWOCN, COCN, CWON certifications are only for RNs with a Bachelors degree or higher. As a result, there simply aren’t enough ostomy certified professionals nationally to care for patients with ostomies.

Question:

How can you certify different types of professionals with the same examination and credential, since they all practice at different levels?

Answer:

Successful ostomy patient education, teaching, training, and management require the skills of an interdisciplinary healthcare team. Therefore, all members of the team should have a thorough knowledge of ostomy management including all factors of healing and self-care required for the patient to resume the “new normal” quality of life. The educational sessions are comprehensive and inclusive of physical, systemic and psychosocial factors faced by ostomates.

Question:

Do I need a bachelor’s degree to qualify for OMS certification?

Answer:

No. Health care providers with one year of experience and an active unrestricted license may apply for the OMS certification examination. See chart for eligibility requirements.

Question:

What will OMS certification do for my career?

Answer:

In today’s healthcare environment, the typical patient that is hospitalized for ostomy surgery receives the most basic patient education regarding their stoma and pouching systems. Much of the post-surgical care is provided in alternative healthcare settings. First and foremost, you will become a very important resource for the ostomates in your community. Secondly, your services will become essential to the health care providers in your facility, institution or agency. You will be able to add a new credential to support your scope of practice as determined by each respective professional state licensing board.

The sky is your limit as far as personal career satisfaction.

Question:

At a PSI Test Center may I skip questions and go back to answer those questions later?

Answer:

Yes, as long as you have time remaining and do not close out of the exam.

Question:

I am a good student but I do not test well. If I take the course but fail to pass the exam, may I re-take it again?

Answer:

If you do not pass the test, you may re-test. There will be a $330 charge for additional test sessions. (see handbook)

Question:

Will my employer automatically pay me more if I get this certification?

Answer:

Negotiation skills will be important here. This will be up to you to leverage your increase of knowledge and certification to make more money.

Question:

What will my credentials enable me to do that I can’t do now?

Answer:

This training course and certification will prepare you for the challenging, lifetime care that patient’s with fecal and urinary diversions deserves in all healthcare settings.