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Nursing Concepts in Continence Care

Learn best practices in continence care

A collaborative program involving the School of Nursing and McMaster Continuing Education.

Program Overview


Develop your knowledge and skills in continence care best practices.

​This program explores the subject of continence and incontinence from a nursing perspective. The program provides specialized education for professional healthcare providers interested in better understanding and addressing continence care issues in their professional settings.

In partnership and collaboration with the Faculty of Health Sciences (School of Nursing), this ​program teaches you the contributing factors and how to eliminate or manage them to enhance patients' quality of life with fecal or urinary incontinence.

Incontinence is a growing healthcare concern affecting the lives of millions of people worldwide. It carries an enormous stigma and is one of the most neglected areas in healthcare. Urinary and fecal incontinence are both manageable and often treatable.

This program will help frontline care providers in all care settings (community, acute, rehabilitation, geriatrics and long-term care) successfully achieve their essential role in promoting continence and preventing incontinence.


  • Earn a Certificate of Professional Learning upon completion of all three courses
  • Enhance your existing professional skill set 
  • Convenient online platform
  • Learn from experienced instructors
  • Connect with health professionals across various disciplines


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this ​program, students will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge into clinical reasoning and nursing judgments that inform and guide a holistic approach to assessing and managing bladder and bowel continence care. ​
  • Identify contributing factors and underlying medical conditions to incontinence and apply appropriate nursing interventions.
  • ​​Gain in-depth knowledge of behavioural and educational interventions used in the management of incontinence.
  • Integrate nursing research (evidence-informed decision making) as the basis of practice where applicable.
  • Provide rationale for nursing-specific interventions using scientific knowledge.
  • Understand the impact of incontinence on the client's well-being and quality of life.​
  • Apply the assessment and management of bladder and bowel continence care in a professional clinical setting.​


Who Should Take This ​Program?

This ​​program is designed for licensed healthcare providers (e.g., RPN, LPN, RN, NP, PT, OT, SW) working in the community with an interest in making a difference in the way incontinence is addressed in their settings, such as:

  • Acute care
  • Geriatric
  • Rehabilitation
  • Long-term care
  • Urology
  • Urogynecology
  • Primary care
  • ​Other community settings

The program is also valuable for other healthcare professionals as incontinence can impact people of all ages.

Students must be accepted to the program prior to enrolling. Please see Admission Requirements​ and Application Procedure for details. Proof of registration with a professional healthcare licensing body is required.

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