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Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Certification Makes a Difference
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) develops, administers, and evaluates programs for certification in oncology nursing. Currently, there are more than 25,000 nurses certified by ONCC.
The ONCC Mission To promote and provide oncology nursing certification for the enhancement of patient care and professional practice.
The ONCC Vision Oncology care across the continuum will be provided by oncology certified professionals.
About ONCC Non-profit organization Incorporated in 1984 Administered first certification examination in 1986 Accredited by the American Board of Nursing Specialties and the National Commission for Certifying Agencies
Nursing Certification is a voluntary process and granted by a nongovernmental agency validates a nurse’s qualifications and knowledge in a defined area of nursing signifies a nurse has developed specialty knowledge beyond entry level
Patients Value Certification Recent public surveys show: 1.American Nurses Association press release. Americans support rigorous standards for nursing care. May 6, Harris Interactive Inc. American Association of Critical Care Nurses Survey. November Nearly 8 out of 10 people are aware of nurse certification. 1 73% would be more likely to choose a hospital with a high percentage of certified nurses. 2
Certification Can Help Employers Cope with a nursing shortage by : Recruiting highly qualified nurses Increasing job satisfaction Reducing staff turnover
Certification Can Help Employers Care for an increasing number of patients with cancer 77% of cancers are diagnosed in people over By the year 2025, more than one-fourth of the U.S. population will be over American Cancer Society. Facts and Figures U.S. Census Bureau
Nurses Grow Through Certification Certified nurses Feel more competent in their skills. Experience more self-confidence in their practice. Experience greater satisfaction as nurses. Source: Cary, AH. Certified registered nurses: results of the study of the certified workforce. American Journal of Nursing. January 2001.
Rewards of Certification Certification can offer nurses Increased knowledge by preparing for certification Career advancement Access to professional opportunities Financial rewards
Becoming Certified Certification candidates must: Pass a multiple-choice test Meet specific eligibility criteria for experience as an oncology nurse
Becoming Certified OCN ® Eligibility Criteria-Initial Candidates Minimum of one year experience as an RN within the 3 years prior to applications Minimum of 1000 hours of oncology nursing practice within 2 1/2 years prior to application Completion of a minimum of 10 contact hours of accredited continuing education in oncology nursing or an academic elective in oncology Current, active, unrestricted RN license
Becoming Certified CPON ® Eligibility Criteria-Initial Candidates Minimum of one year experience as an RN within the 3 years prior to application Minimum of 1000 hours of pediatric oncology nursing practice within 2 1/2 years prior to application Completion of a minimum of 10 contact hours of accredited continuing education in oncology nursing or an academic elective in oncology Current, active, unrestricted RN license
Becoming Certified AOCNP ® Eligibility Criteria Master’s or higher degree in nursing from an accredited institution Successful completion of an accredited nurse practitioner program Minimum of 500 hours of supervised clinical practice as an oncology nurse practitioner Current, active, unrestricted RN license
Becoming Certified AOCNS ® Eligibility Criteria Master’s or higher degree in nursing from an accredited institution Minimum of 500 hours of supervised clinical practice in an advanced practice role in oncology nursing Current, active, unrestricted RN license
Becoming Certified CBCN Eligibility Criteria Minimum of 1 year (12 months) experience as an RN within the 3 years (36 months prior to application Minimum of 1000 hours of breast care practice within the 2 ½ years (30 months) prior to application Completion of 10 contact hours of continuing education in breast care Current, active, unrestricted RN license
OCN ® and CPON ® Tests Computer-based Testing (CBT) Quarterly, month-long testing intervals More than 230 locations throughout North America Limited international testing at selected sites Immediate, preliminary scoring at the test center
AOCNP ® and AOCNS ® Tests Computer-based Testing (CBT) Year-round test dates More than 230 locations throughout North America Limited international testing at select sites Immediate, preliminary scoring at the test center
Testing Based on Test Blueprint for each Examination (published in the Oncology Nursing Certification Test Bulletin and at Multiple-choice Tests OCN ® and CPON ® – 165 items AOCNP ® and AOCNS ® – 225 items
Testing Computer-based test sessions include 10 minutes for an introductory tutorial and 5 minutes for an exit survey Test Sessions OCN ® and CPON ® – 3 hours AOCNP ® and AOCNS ® – 4 hours
Maintaining Certification in Oncology Nursing Certification is valid for four years Renewable by retesting or by using the Oncology Nursing Certification Points Renewal Option (ONC-PRO)
ONC-PRO Renewal Option Candidates demonstrate ongoing professional development through activities such as: Nursing Continuing Education Continuing Medical Education Academic Education Professional Publications Presentations Precepting Volunteer Service
Learn more about certification! Visit ONCC at or call ONCC (Toll free, US & Canada)