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ACN offers students flexible course commencement dates in January, April, July and October terms. Please contact our Customer Service team for further information.

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 stomal therapy role is highly specialised and multifaceted encompassing the acute care environment, outpatient setting and the community. The Graduate Certificate in Stomal Therapy Nursing provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes of a specialist nurse in wound, ostomy and continence management. The course aims to provide students with the theoretical foundation for application to practice, enabling the delivery of contemporary, evidence based care. There is a strong clinical focus and the compulsory professional experience placement will permit exposure to this role and allow the students to reflect and benchmark against professional practice standards.

The course also focuses on clinical leadership, fostering the development of critical thinking and clinical decision making skills.

Learning outcomes

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

  • demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of the stomal therapy nurse within their speciality context, and benchmark against appropriate professional standards
  • develop critical thinking and clinical decision making skills using multiple modes of inquiry and a collaborative approach
  • analyse the communication skills used to establish effective interpersonal relationships with clients, their families/carers and the interdisciplinary health care team
  • critically evaluate nursing practice against research and current literature to support the provision of contemporary evidence based nursing care
  • reflect on the social, ethical and cultural issues affecting patients and their families, thereby providing safe, holistic and person centred health care
  • examine leadership, mentoring and educational skills that contribute to a high standard of nursing care and practice development in the health care setting.

Units of study

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

^ 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.

Tiers2019 Non-member price2019 Member price
(10% discount)
Tier 1$2,165.00$1,948.50
Tier 2$2,475.00$2,227.50
Tier 3$2,915.00$2,623.50
Tier 4$3,475.00$3,127.50

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.