Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®)

Eligibility Criteria for Certification Renewal

The following eligibility criteria must be met at the time of application.

  1. Current AOCNS® certification
  2. A current, active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US, its territories or Canada at the time of application and examination.
  3. A minimum of 1,000 hours of practice in roles of the clinical nurse specialist in adult oncology within the four years (48 months) prior to application.

What is Advanced Practice? ONCC uses the definition of Advanced Practice nursing provided by the American Nurses Association.

Renewing your certification

All ONCC certifications are valid for four years. Renewal candidates must have a current, active, unencumbered RN license. One renewal option is available:

  • Option 1: Practice hours + Professional Development Points

See all renewal deadlines and fees

AOCNS® Renewal Requirements

Total points: 50 points in adult oncology

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