Pittsburgh, PA – July 13, 2017 – The last opportunity for nurses to earn the AOCNS® credential is Dec. 31, 2017. The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) will not administer the Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®) Examination after Dec. 31, 2017. ONCC President, Rebecca O’Shea, APRN, OCN®, AOCNS®, CBCN® said, “We regret that we cannot continue to offer the AOCNS® Examination. The number of AOCNS® test candidates has been low in recent years. That makes it very difficult to maintain a high-quality examination.”
In 2015, only 35 initial candidates took the AOCNS® Examination. Only 25 initial candidates took the test in 2016. That number of candidates is insufficient to calculate the statistics required to maintain a psychometrically sound examination. In addition, because the program doesn’t generate enough revenue to cover expenses, it creates an ongoing financial deficit.
Nurses who want to earn the AOCNS® credential must pass the test on or before Dec. 31, 2017. After that, oncology clinical nurse specialists are encouraged to take one of ONCC’s five other nationally accredited certification programs, such as the Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®) Examination.
Nurses who are currently AOCNS® certified, or who become AOCNS® certified by the end of 2017 may renew the credential by earning professional development points. More information about AOCNS® renewal will be provided to credential holders soon. Testing will not be an option for renewal after Dec. 31, 2017.