Emeritus Status

Emeritus status provides a way for nurses who are retired from active nursing practice to recognize their commitment to oncology nursing certification. 

Emeritus status is available to oncology certified nurses who are retired from active oncology nursing, not actively practicing nursing, and have no plans to renew ONCC certification or need to be certified in the specialty. 

Nurses who hold Emeritus status:

  • may not use the Emeritus credential in direct patient care in any clinical setting or in the context of any clinically related interactions.
  • will notify ONCC immediately and will discontinue use of the Emeritus credential in all forms and settings they return to direct patient care in an oncology setting.
  • understand that misuse of the Emeritus credential will result in permanent revocation of any and all ONCC active and Emeritus credentials.
  • must use the word “Emeritus” with the credential (e.g., OCN-Emeritus).


To apply for Emeritus status, a nurse must:

  • Be currently certified by ONCC. Note: during the initial offering of Emeritus status, ONCC is temporarily waiving the requirement that nurses be currently certified. Retired nurses whose certification expired within the past seven years may apply for Emeritus status.
  • Submit the Emeritus Status application with payment of a one-time $75 fee for each credential being transitioned to Emeritus status.


Emeritus status will become effective January 1 of the year following the expiration of current certification. (Note: nurses who apply for Emeritus retroactively during the initial offering period will have an Emeritus effective date that begins the first day of the month following application approval.)

Names of nurses who hold Emeritus status will be available in the ONCC credential verification portal and published on the ONCC website.