The following list of primary references identifies the resources used to develop items on the AOCNP® test. ONCC examinations are based on a broad body of knowledge and not on the content of any single resource.
To prepare for the examination, review the Test Content Outline and develop a study plan based on your individual knowledge strengths and weaknesses. It is good practice to use a current, general resource for overall review, and supplement with resources on specific topics to address your individual needs. If you are interested in resources that address specific topics on the Test Content Outline, please contact the ONCC staff for additional guidance.
Note: Use of these resources does not guarantee a passing score on the examination. Test candidates are not required to purchase or review these resources. ONCC does not endorse specific resources, and does not receive compensation from the sale or use of any resources.
Primary Test References
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Brown, C.G. (Ed.). (2015). A guide to oncology symptom management. (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.
Burke, C.C. (Ed.). (2009). Psychosocial dimensions of oncology nursing care (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.
Camp-Sorrell, D., & Hawkins, R.A. (Eds.). (2014). Clinical manual for the oncology advanced practice nurse (3rd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.
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Ferrell, B.R., Coyle, N. & Paice, J. (Eds.). (2015). Oxford textbook of palliative nursing (4th ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Gobel, B.H., Triest-Robertson, S., & Vogel, W.H. (Eds.). (2008). Advanced oncology nursing certification review and resource manual (1st ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.
Gullatte, M.M. (Ed.). (2011). Nursing management: Principles and practice (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.
Kaplan, M. (Ed.). (2012). Understanding and managing oncologic emergencies: A resource for nurses (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.
Lester, J.L., & Schmitt, P. (Eds.). (2011). Cancer rehabilitation and survivorship: Transdisciplinary approaches to personalized care. Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.
Mahon, S.M. (Ed.). (2011). Site-specific cancer series: Breast cancer (2nd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network. (2016). NCCN Guidelines®. Retrieved from https://www.nccn.org/professionals/physician_gls/f_guidelines.asp
Polit, D.F., & Beck, C.T. (2011). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice (9th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
Polovich, M., Olsen, M.. & LeFebvre, K.B. (Eds.). (2014). Chemotherapy and biotherapy guidelines and recommendations for practice (4th ed.). Pittsburgh, PA: Oncology Nursing Society.
Yarbro, C.H., Wujcik, D., & Gobel, B.H. (Eds.). (2010). Cancer nursing: Principles and practice (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett.