Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®)

Are you ready to enhance your professional credibility and enjoy the feeling of personal accomplishment that comes from being certified?  If you meet the criteria listed below, take the test for an advanced oncology certified nurse and become recognized for your specialty knowledge and advanced practice role in oncology nursing.

View Eligibility Criteria for Initial Certification

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

Pathway 1

  • Current, active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US, its territories or Canada
  • Graduate degree from accredited NP program with concentration in oncology
  • 500 hours supervised clinical practice as an adult oncology nurse practitioner obtained within and/or following the graduate program within the past five years
  • One graduate level oncology course of at least 2 credits or 30 hours oncology continuing education within the past five years

Pathway 2

  • Current, active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US, its territories or Canada
  • Graduate degree from accredited nurse practitioner program with concentration in adult (primary or acute), family (across lifespan), gerontology, or women’s health
  • 1000 hours practice as an adult oncology nurse practitioner obtained within and/or following the graduate program within the past five years
  • One graduate level oncology course of at least 2 credits or 30 hours oncology continuing education within the past five years

What is nursing practice?

Applying for certification

The certification test is a three-hour, 165 multiple-choice test is based on the AOCNP® Test Content Outline (Test Blueprint). The Test Content Outline is based on the results of a role delineation study of advanced oncology nursing practice completed in 2014.

The AOCNP® Test Content Outline includes eleven major subject areas, each with a percentage assigned to it. Many nurses who have passed the test tell us the Test Content Outline was essential in helping them know what areas to study. Remember, only generic drug names are used on ONCC tests. Once you pass the test, your certification is valid for four years.

Note: If you’re eligible to test, you’ll receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) within 4 weeks of applying. This ATT will open an almost-immediate 90-day testing window. You must take the test within that 90-day window.

Test Dates, Application Deadlines and Fees

OCN®, CPHON®, AOCNP®, CBCN®, and BMTCN®


Testing in the US/Canada Only

February 1 - December 30, 2018 

ONS/APHON Member $296
Nonmember $416
ONS/APHON Member: Age 65+ $225
Nonmember: Age 65+ $315

* Candidates who apply after September 1, 2018 will be assigned a 90-day testing period before the end of 2018. Nurses who wish to take the test before the end of 2018 should plan accordingly. Nurses who apply after September 1 may have a 90-day eligibility period that extends into 2019.

Note: No tests will be administered outside North America in 2018.

Maintaining your certification

You should be very proud that you’ve passed the certification test! In order to keep your certification, you need to earn points for certification renewal by completing Continuing Nursing Education, Continuing Medical Education, 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 record your points.
You'll record and submit your renewal points on LearningBuilder. You gain access to your learning plan on LearningBuilder shortly after you pass a test or take the assessment.  If you are renewing AOCN or CPON certification, you'll be given access to LearningBuilder shortly after you renew your certification each time - you will not take an assessment.  

2. Plan your professional development.
Your assessment results or test score report will tell you the subject areas and number of professional development points – ranging from 25 to 100 – you’ll need to renew your certification. These points and the subject areas where you may earn points are reflected in your learning plan on LearingBuilder.

3. Select the necessary subject areas.
Use your score report or assessment results to see which subject areas you need further professional development. Then, refer back to the current Test Content Outline (Test Blueprint) to help you identify whether a program is in the subject area you need.

4. Enter your points on your learning plan in LearningBuilder.
Have your CE certificates or other documentation handy when you're ready to enter your points in LearningBuilder. It's best to enter points as you earn them to avoid a last-minute rush at renewal plan. 

5. 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, educational objectives, 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
  • Journals

Continuing Education

View Eligibility Criteria for Certification Renewal

The following eligibility criteria must be met at the time of application.
  1. Current AOCNP® certification
  2. Current, active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US, its territories or Canada
  3. A minimum of 1,000 hours practice as a nurse practitioner 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. Three renewal options are available:

  • Option 1: Practice hours + Professional Development (ILNA Points)
  • Option 2: Practice hours + successful testing
  • Option 3: ILNA Points + successful testing

Candidates Who Are Renewing by Option 3 (ILNA Points + Testing)

Candidates who are using renewal Option 3 (ILNA Points + Testing) should submit both the application and learning plans by the test application deadline date. Option 3 candidates must submit a test application and learning plan at the same time.

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