The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) is a non-profit organization that develops, administers, and evaluates programs for certification in oncology nursing. ONCC was incorporated in 1984 and is governed by a Board of Directors, who represent various levels of certification in oncology nursing and the public at large. ONCC administered its first certification examination, the Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) examination in 1986. Today, ONCC offers eight credential programs. More than 36,000 nurses are currently certified by ONCC.
The mission of ONCC is to promote excellence in patient care and professional practice by validating specialized knowledge in oncology nursing and related specialties.
Oncology care across the continuum will be provided by oncology certified professionals.
Values are our organizations’ guiding principles. They represent our core beliefs for the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and its family of affiliated corporations, including the ONS Foundation, Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation, and ONS:Edge. Read the ONCC Core Values.
Use of ONCC Credentials & the Registered Trademark Symbol
The following information regarding use of ONCC credentials applies to the OCN®, AOCN®, CPON®, AOCNP®, AOCNS®, CBCN®, CPHON® and BMTCN™ credentials.
In awarding certification to a qualified individual, ONCC grants permission to that individual to use the certification mark "(Credential Type)®” in the sale or advertising of oncology nursing services. Such use may consist of, but is not limited to, use on resumes or curriculum vitae. The certification mark may be used only as long as certification is valid, after which time certification may be renewed. (Credential Type)® Certification is a non-transferable, revocable, limited license to use the certification designation "(Credential Type)®" subject to compliance with ONCC rules, as may be revised from time to time.
To provide notice that the certification mark "(Credential Type)®" is covered by a Federal registration, the words "Registered in U.S. Patent and Trademark Office" or "Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Office" or the symbol "®" must always accompany the mark.