Pittsburgh, PA – Dec. 6, 2016 The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) has opened registration for its 2017 oncology nursing certification examinations. ONCC, the leading provider of high-quality, nationally-accredited credentialing programs for nurses in oncology and related specialties, offers six different certification programs. Examinations are available for registered nurses who practice in adult oncology, pediatric hematology/oncology, breast care, blood and marrow transplant, and for nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists in adult oncology.
Basic examinations include the Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®), which measures the knowledge needed to competently practice in adult oncology; and the Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPHON®), which validates the knowledge needed to provide care for pediatric hematology and oncology patients. The Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBCN®) examination is the only nationally-accredited certification available exclusively to registered nurses who practice in breast care – from prevention and detection, through diagnosis and treatment, to survivorship and end of life care. The Blood and Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN®) examination is for nurses who provide care for adult or pediatric BMT patients before, during, or post-transplant. Oncology Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists in adult oncology are encouraged to earn the role-specific Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®) or Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®) credential to reflect their advanced practice role.
Marybeth Singer, MS, ANP-BC, AOCN®, president of the ONCC Board of Directors, said cancer care is changing rapidly, making it more important than ever for nurses to stay up to date. “When a nurse is certified in oncology, it validates that nurse has both current knowledge and experience,” she said, “patients with cancer deserve to have their care provided by nurses who are knowledgeable and up-to-date on the field.” Singer added, “Our research indicates that nurses believe certification increases their knowledge, and employers say it contributes to better patient care.”
Testing will be available at nearly 300 computer-based test centers in North America from February 1-December 30, 2017, and at select international sites from November 1-30, 2017. Nurses who are interested in testing should visit the ONCC website at www.oncc.org to review eligibility criteria, begin test preparation, and apply to test.
More than 38,000 registered nurses are currently certified by ONCC in oncology and related specialties.