Stoma and Wound Care Nursing Certification Program


This course aims to improve the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of nurses who care for patients with chronic wounds and stomas, including fecal and/or urinary diversion, fistula, drainage tubes, or nutrition tubes.


Participants who complete this course successfully will be able to:

Prepare a patient and family before ostomy surgery in order to raise their bio-psycho-social adaptation to the highest level.

Choose appropriate supplies and wound care products for caring for a stoma and chronic wounds.

Assess a patient with a stoma and/or chronic wounds comprehensively and interpret clinical signs and symptoms correctly.

Prepare a nursing care plan, which includes education, consultancy, and rehabilitation interventions for the patient and family in different practice locations.

Implement the individual care of a patient and family based on national and international standards, code of ethics, and best practices.

Guide a patient and family to available resources in order to achieve the best and most efficient care.

Maintain and exhibit competency, knowledge, and skills for stoma and wound care through continued professional development.

Support the improvement of stoma and wound care nursing at the institutional, national, and international levels.

Duration of the Course

The total number of hours for this course is 240 hours (80 hours theory, 160 hours practice) over a period of 30 days. Participants who complete the program successfully receive a certificate officially approved by the Ministry of Health and 240 ANCC credits.

Please contact SANERC administration with questions.


Koç University School of Nursing faculty members, medical doctors who have experience in this field and nurses with bachelor’s degree in nursing who have a stoma / wound care nursing certificate approved by Ministry of Health and carrying out stoma and wound care services are in charge.

Educational Methods

Verbal lecture

Slide presentations and videos


Active discussion: Questions and answers

Case studies: Simulations

Group work

Clinical practice

Course Materials

Course materials are prepared and updated from national and international sources in the related field.

Success Criteria

Participants cannot be employed in another area / unit / center or in another job during the training program. Participation in all lessons is mandatory—only 10% absenteeism is acceptable.

There are written exams at the beginning and end of the course in order to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of the training. Participants who do not fulfill the attendance obligation are not tested. Participants must be successful both in the theoretical and also in skill practice sections of the training.

A participant who scores 70 points or more out of 100 points from the exam that includes theoretical subjects is considered successful. A participant who scored below 70 on this multiple-choice exam is considered unsuccessful but may continue to practice. Participants who fail the theoretical exam are entitled to 1 (one) more theoretical exam within a week. Participants who failed the exam should reapply to the program.

“Evaluation Form” is filled in by each educator in clinic. A participant who scores below 70 points in clinical practice is considered unsuccessful. Participants who failed the skill practice section of the training should reapply to the program.

The participant, who is successful in completing the training, is awarded a certificate approved by the Ministry of Health.

The participant’s achievement for the certification is determined by taking the average of the theoretical examination and evaluation in clinical practice.

The objections of the participants who object to their grades at the end of the course are finalized by the educators within 5 (five) working days at the latest.

Certification and Validity Period

The participant, who is successful in completing the training, is awarded a certificate approved by the Ministry of Health. The certificate is valid for five years.

Who Can Participate?

This training program can be attended by all nurses working in areas where stoma and wound care is required. Nurses, nurse midwives and paramedics who have a bachelor’s degree at least and are working in the fields of general surgery, urology, gastroenterology surgery, paediatric surgery, plastic surgery, orthopaedics, neurology, physical therapy services, intensive care units, stoma therapy unit, wound care unit and home care services can participate in this course.

The course is limited to 30 participants. Please contact SANERC administration for the program fee.


The program is conducted at the Semahat Arsel Nursing Education and Research Center at the Koç University Health Sciences Campus. Please contact SANERC administration with questions.

Contact Information

Address: Koç University Faculty of Nursing

Semahat Arsel Nursing Education and Research Center (SANERC)
Koç University Health Sciences Campus

Davutpaşa Caddesi, No: 4

34010 Topkapı, İstanbul

Tel: +90 212 311 26 40 – 26 01- 26 03

Fax: +90 212 311 26 30



* This program is conducted in accordance with the ANCC Accreditation Standards.

Conflicts of Interest: No SANERC faculty members have any financial relationships or conflicts of interest in relation to this program.

Commercial Support: No commercial support is provided for this program.

Non-endorsement of Products: SANERC does not gain any advantage from any product sponsorship except for only officially approved products.