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.
Professional and ethical behavior
The organization and its certificants exhibit integrity and earn trust through ethical behaviors and uncompromising professionalism to all parties in business, professional, and personal interactions.
Innovation in testing and thinking
ONCC and its certificants face every endeavor with creativity and knowledge. We strive to apply our broad perspectives consistently while leading the transformation of cancer care.
Professional support, development and mentoring
We are committed to protecting and nurturing the resources of the constituency and the organization. We do this through judicious and prudent use of all of our financial resources and the time and talents of our members and staff. We are accountable to the members and the public to nurture and grow our human and financial assets.
Informed consumers, providers, professionals, employers
We, as an organization and as individuals, advocate on behalf of people with cancer to ensure their quality of life and their access to exemplary care throughout the continuum of life. We advocate on behalf of the nursing profession and the oncology specialty to ensure respect and recognition.
Maintain fair, valid and reliable certification process
Data-driven and/or research-based decision making
We strive to foster excellence in oncology nursing practice. We are committed to nothing less than excellence in our organization, certification processes, and the care of patients.
Cultural and ethnic diversity and sensitivity
We celebrate and support diversity of thought and of individuals. We strive for a culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse constituency to strengthen our ability to meet the needs of everyone we serve.