Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN®)
Maintaining your certification
You should be very proud that you’re certified! In order to keep your certification, you need to earn points for renewal through Continuing Nursing Education, Continuing Medical Education, or Academic Education credits or have work published in Publications or give Presentations. Follow this step-by-step guide to maintain your certification.
1. Determine where to log your information.
You will record your points in LearningBuilder.
2. Plan your professional development.
You will need to earn 50 points through professional development activities. The 50 points must be of adult oncology content.
3. Keep all documentation.
We strongly urge you to record your points as they are earned. Keep copies of all grade reports, copies of publications, program descriptions and outlines, in case ONCC asks to review them.
Visit the Resource Center for the following information:
- Acceptable Approval Bodies/Providers of Nursing Continuing Education
- Online Continuing Education Resources
- Websites featuring nursing continuing education
- Point categories
View Eligibility Criteria for Certification Renewal
- Current AOCN® certification, and
- A current, active, unencumbered license as
a registered nurse in the US, its territories or Canada, and
- A minimum of 1,000 hours of adult oncology nursing practice within the four years (48 months) prior to
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 (also known as ILNA Points)
2019 AOCN® Renewal Requirements
(Renewal Option 1)
|50 points in adult oncology|
When applying for renewal, you must submit both an application and your completed Learning Plan on
Renewals in 2016 and Beyond
ONC-PRO was replaced by the Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal method in 2016.
However AOCN® certified nurses will not take individual learning needs assessment, because
there are no current test content outlines (test blueprints) on which to base assessments. AOCN®
certified nurses may renew by earning 50 points in adult oncology through professional development activities.
Access your Learning Plan on LearningBuilder 2-4
weeks after you receive your certificate and wallet card.
Note: AOCN® candidates
will not take the assessment, but will submit their points for renewal on their learning plan (50
points) on LearningBuilder.
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