Oncology Certified Nurse OCN®
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 oncology certified nurse and become recognized for your specialty knowledge in oncology nursing.
Determining if you are eligible
- Active License
A current, active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US, its territories or Canada at the time of application and examination.
- 2,000 Hours of Practice
A minimum of 2,000 hours of adult 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.
- 2 years Experience
A minimum of two years (24 months) of experience as an RN within the four years (48 months) prior to application.
- Minimum 10 Contact Hours
Completed a minimum of 10 contact hours of nursing continuing 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 (CNE) or nursing continuing professional development (NCPD). A maximum of five of the 10 (50%) required contact hours in oncology may be continuing medical education (CME) or continuing pharmacy education (CPE). Continuing education accredited via Joint Accreditation/Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) must specify hours awarded by ANCC, ACCME, or ACPE, to be accepted by ONCC.
About the Exam
The certification test is a three-hour, 165 multiple-choice question test based on the OCN® Test Content Outline (Test Blueprint). The Test Content Outline was created after the results of a role delineation study of basic adult oncology nursing practice conducted in 2020.
The OCN® Test Content Outline includes six 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.
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