Certified Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nurse (CPHON®)

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 a pediatric oncology certified nurse and become recognized for your specialty knowledge in pediatric oncology nursing.

Eligibility Criteria for Initial Certification

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

  1. A current, active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US, its territories or Canada at the time of application and examination.
  2. A minimum of two years (24 months) of experience as an RN within the four years (48 months) prior to application, and
  3. A minimum of 2,000 hours of pediatric hematology oncology nursing practice within the four years (48 months) prior to application. Nursing practice may be in clinical practice, nursing administration, education, research or consultation. To qualify as nursing practice, the role must require it be filled only by a Registered Nurse.
  4. Completed a minimum of 10 contact hours of continuing nursing education in oncology or an academic elective in oncology nursing within the three years (36 months) prior to application. The contact hours must have been provided or formally approved by an acceptable accredited provider or approver of continuing nursing education. A maximum of five of the 10 required contact hours in oncology may be continuing medical education (CME) in oncology.

What is nursing practice?

Applying for certification

The certification test is a three-hour, 165 multiple-choice item test based on the CPHON® Test Content Outline (Test Blueprint). The Test Content Outline is based on the results of a role delineation study of basic pediatric hematology oncology nursing practice conducted in 2017.

The CPHON® Test Content Outline includes five 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 exam, 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, 2019 

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

* Candidates who apply after September 1 will be assigned a 90-day testing period that begins before the end of 2019; however, the 90-day period may extend into 2020. Nurses who wish to take the test before the end of 2019 should plan accordingly.
Note: No tests will be administered outside North America in 2019.

Eligibility Criteria for Certification Renewal

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

  1. Current CPHON® 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 one year (12 months) of experience as an RN within the three years (36 months) prior to application, and
  4. A minimum of 1,000 hours of pediatric hematology oncology nursing practice within the two-and-one-half years (30 months) prior to application.

What is nursing practice?

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 points in LearningBuilder by the test application deadline date.

Find out more about the Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal method.

Renewal Deadlines and Fees

  Early Bird Deadline
September 16, 2019 (Save $100!)
Final Deadline
October 15, 2019
Option 1: ILNA Points
ONS/APHON Member $240 $340
Nonmember $360 $460
ONS/APHON Member: Age 65+ $185 $285
Nonmember: Age 65+ $275 $375
Option 2: Test*
ONS/APHON Member $296  
Nonmember $416  
ONS/APHON Member: Age 65+ $225  
Nonmember: Age 65+ $315  
Option 3: Test + ILNA Points*
ONS/APHON Member $396 $496
Nonmember $516 $616
ONS/APHON Member: Age 65+ $325 $425
Nonmember: Age 65+ $415 $515

* Apply by September 1 to ensure a 90-day test window before certification expires.

Note: Option 2 and Option 3 are not available for CPON®, AOCN®, or AOCNS® renewals.

** Early bird renewal applications will be accepted through September 16, 2019 because September 15 falls on a weekend.) **

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