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.

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 2 weeks of applying. This ATT will open an almost-immediate 90-day testing window. You must take the test within that 90-day window.


Testing in the US/Canada Only

January 2 - December 31, 2020 

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

 

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 (Points)
  • Option 2: Practice hours + successful testing
  • Option 3: Points + successful testing

Candidates who are using renewal Option 3 (Points + Testing) should submit both the application and renewal points in LearningBuilder at the same time, by the test application deadline date

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