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ACN is proud to be the only online provider of the Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing. Guided by the philosophy of the Australian Association of Stomal Therapy Nurses (AASTN) and the core values of the World Council of Enterostomal Therapists (WCET) this course equips nurses who want to specialise in this field with the knowledge and the clinical skills to excel. 


January & July




1 Year Part Time

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Why study this course

Studying with ACN will provide you with the knowledge and skills for the provision and coordination of evidenced based care for patients who are referred to a stomal therapy nurse. The aim is to encourage professional and ethical understanding of clinical practice development for the improvement of patient outcomes. Our course is written by specialist nurses, for nurses and students are supported by a team of clinical experts, working within the speciality. Our core subjects allow students to further explore wound and continence management as well as the principles of stomal therapy.

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy nursing provides the opportunity to develop the attributes of a specialist nurse, adopting an active role in stomal therapy, wound management and continence management. The course aims to provide students with the broad theoretical framework for the stomal therapy nurse role and the ability to competently provide comprehensive nursing care for clients who have had, or are about to have, stoma formation, wounds or fistulae.

The units of study provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide holistic nursing care to promote continence, effectively evaluate stomal therapy interventions with particular attention to the patient’s adaptation in the long term and the ability to effectively assess, manage and evaluate wounds or incontinence in a variety of health care settings. The course has a strong clinical focus and the compulsory professional experience placement will expand the nurses’ health assessment knowledge and skills applied to care of patients with stomas, wounds or incontinence problems.

Learning outcomes

This course is designed to develop specific learning outcomes. Students will:

  • demonstrate a specialist knowledge base through the development of comprehensive assessment skills, and the competent provision, coordination and management of care for stomal patients and their families
  • develop and enhance clinical decision-making skills using multiple modes of inquiry and a collaborative approach
  • develop the skills to establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with stomal therapy clients, family and/or significant others
  • demonstrate advanced critical thinking and reflection to provide comprehensive patient care based on current literature and best practice
  • develop confidence and competency in undertaking the professional, ethical and social responsibilities commensurate to the stomal nursing role and develop their ability to facilitate nursing practice that helps empower the person to play an active role in their health care
  • develop leadership and educational skills in the clinical setting in order to provide coaching and support for other clinicians and an overall contribution to the health care team.

Units of study

050Wound managementC22 January 20185 February 20181 April 2018Tier 2
044 ^Principles of stoma careC16 April 201830 April 201824 June 2018Tier 4
925 #Leadership and professional practiceC9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 1
045 ^Continence managementC1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 4
050Wound managementC9 July 201823 July 201816 September 2018Tier 2
044 ^Principles of stoma careC1 October 201815 October 20189 December 2018Tier 4
045 ^Continence managementC21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 4
925Leadership and professional practiceC15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 2
050Wound managementC21 January 20194 February 201931 March 2019Tier 2
044 ^Principles of stoma careC15 April 201929 April 201923 June 2019Tier 4
925Leadership and professional practiceC8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
045 ^Continence managementC30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 4
050Wound managementC8 July 201922 July 201915 September 2019Tier 2
044 ^Principles of stoma careC30 September 201914 October 20198 December 2019Tier 4
045 ^Continence managementC20 January 20203 February 202029 March 2020Tier 4
925Leadership and professional practiceC13 April 202027 April 202021 June 2020Tier 2

C = Core | E = Elective

# 925 Leadership and professional practice is Tier 1 pricing for 2018 only. Fee will increase to Tier 2 from January 2019.

^ Requires 40 hours clinical placement.

Clinical placements

Anyone applying for an ACN course that includes a clinical placement must provide evidence of compliance documents at the time of application.

Applications for enrolment will not be progressed until all relevant documentation has been received by customer services.

Each Australian state and territory has its own clinical placement documentation requirements. Please click on this link, then click on the tab for your particular state or territory for information on specific requirements.

Individual placement providers may need additional documentation. If you are required to provide this then you will be contacted by the clinical placement officer following enrolment.

ACN negotiates with health care facilities to secure clinical placements. ACN will make every effort to secure clinical placements within the timeframe indicated in the course outline, however applicants are advised that provision and location of clinical placements is dependent on the availability of placements within the health facility.

As placements are difficult to secure, once confirmed these cannot be negotiated unless there is unforeseen extenuating circumstances. Applicants are not to arrange their own clinical placements with a clinical facility under any circumstances. ACN reserves the right to change clinical placements if necessary.

Where this qualification can take you

A Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing is an investment in your future and will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to ensure better outcomes for your patients and progress your career, leading to opportunities in specialist stomal therapy nursing roles.

Tiers2018 Non-member price2018 Member price
(10% discount)
2019 Non-member price2019 Member price
(10% discount)
Tier 1$2,100.00$1,890.00$2,165.00$1,948.50
Tier 2$2,420.00$2,178.00$2,475.00$2,227.50
Tier 3$2,800.00$2,520.00$2,915.00$2,623.50
Tier 4$3,375.00$3,037.50$3,475.00$3,127.50
2019 pricing will apply to all subjects commencing from January 2019.

Admission to GC courses is based on academic merit and selection. In addition, applicants must satisfy any prerequisites or additional requirements specified for particular courses, including ACN’s general eligibility criteria.

All applicants seeking admission are required to:

  • hold a Bachelor of Nursing or registered nurse* equivalent qualification
  • be currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) or the equivalent registering authority in your country of origin
  • have a minimum of one year postgraduate experience
  • be currently employed in an appropriate clinical setting.

*For some PG units of study, consideration may be given for applicants who are not registered nurses on an individual basis.

Enrolments may be available each term dependent upon course requirements and student numbers. Call customer services on 1800 265 534 for more information.

*Fees are subject to change without notice.

Meet your Nurse Educator

Elizabeth Moran, Nurse Education – Higher Education


Liz Moran is a nurse educator at the Australian College of Nursing and coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing. Liz also contributes to educational delivery across all ACN’s divisions.

Liz has a Master’s degree in Education (health science) obtained in 2011 from the University of Sydney. She is a member of the Australian Nurse Teachers Society and the Diagnostics and Interventional Cardiology Nurses Group. Liz undertook her nurse training in the United Kingdom where she worked in critical care areas. Liz has over 30 years of extensive clinical experience in both public and private health settings as well as remote area nursing in the Kimberly’s, WA. She has also worked in the field of research at St Vincent’s Centre for Applied Medical Research.

Currently she combines her two loves of nursing and education in the role of nurse educator with particular interests in evidence based practice, reflective practice and creating exceptional educational experiences. She believes that education is foundational in advancing nursing leadership.

Student testimonials

Hear straight from our students about their experiences with ACN’s Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing.