An Introduction to Ostomy Care in Rehabilitation

Presented by John V. Rider, PhD, OTR/L, MSCS

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Course Description

Living with an ostomy requires significant modifications to daily routines and ostomy care requires specialized knowledge. Occupational therapists must consider the physical and psychosocial impact of ostomy surgery. This course will provide an introduction to ostomy care across rehabilitation settings to prepare occupational therapists to properly care for clients with an ostomy.
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Meet Your Presenter

John (Johnny) Rider is an Assistant Professor at Touro University Nevada in the School of Occupational Therapy. He has worked across the lifespan in multiple rehabilitation settings and currently works as a community-based occupational therapist for Good Life Therapy, LLC, in Southern Nevada. He is also a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter and spends his free time exploring the outdoors with his wife and five children.


  • Therapy Insights is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID# 03971. This Distance Learning-Independent and Distance Learning-Interactive is offered at .1 CEUs, introductory level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the three main types of ostomies and the characteristics of normal stomas.
  2. Identify essential components of the pouching system and the process of emptying and changing pouching systems.
  3. Identify essential domains for the evaluation and treatment of clients with an ostomy.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Overview of ostomy, prevalence and significance
  • 0:10 - Types of ostomies and characteristics of normal stoma
  • 0:25 - Introduction to pouch systems and clinical management
  • 0:40 - Evaluating and treating a client with an ostomy with emphasis on OTs scope of practice
  • 0:50 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who work in rehabilitation settings with adults and children.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until February 18, 2027.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
  • Presenter is a salaried faculty member of Touro University Nevada and Good Life Therapy, LLC.
  • Presenter is a consultant for Therapy Insights and creates occupational therapy content.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • None.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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