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1 Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation Certification Makes a Difference

2 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.

3 The ONCC Mission To promote and provide oncology nursing certification for the enhancement of patient care and professional practice.

4 The ONCC Vision Oncology care across the continuum will be provided by oncology certified professionals.

5 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

6 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

7 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

8 Certification Can Help Employers Cope with a nursing shortage by :  Recruiting highly qualified nurses  Increasing job satisfaction  Reducing staff turnover

9 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

10 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.

11 Rewards of Certification Certification can offer nurses  Increased knowledge by preparing for certification  Career advancement  Access to professional opportunities  Financial rewards

12 Options in Oncology Nursing Certification CPON ® - Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse AOCN ® - Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse AOCNP ® – Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner AOCNS ® – Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist CBCN – Certified Breast Care Nurse (beginning in 2009) OCN ® - Oncology Certified Nurse

13 Becoming Certified Certification candidates must:  Pass a multiple-choice test  Meet specific eligibility criteria for experience as an oncology nurse

14 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

15 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

16 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

17 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

18 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

19 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

20 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

21 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

22 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

23 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)

24 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

25 Learn more about certification! Visit ONCC at or call ONCC (Toll free, US & Canada)


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