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OCN® Certification

The OCN® examination tests the knowledge necessary for the nurse to practice competently at the basic level in adult oncology nursing. This certification validates an individual's specialized knowledge in cancer nursing. Candidates who pass the OCN® Test may use the certification mark "OCN®" to verify that they have met all eligibility and testing requirements. The certification mark may be used only as long as certification is valid. OCN® certification is valid for four years.

The OCN® Test Candidate Handbook contains information you need to prepare for an OCN® test. It includes the Test Blueprint, references, and certification policies. When you apply for a test, you must affirm you have read, understand, and accept the conditions described in the OCN® Test Candidate Handbook about test administration, reporting of scores, and certification policies. ONCC strongly recommends that you review the OCN® Test Candidate Handbook.

Use the links below to access information about the steps involved in taking a test.

Application information

Eligibility Criteria
2015 Test Dates, Application Deadlines and Fees (PDF)
Apply Online  (registration opens in November 2014)
Acceptable Approvers and Providers of Nursing Continuing Education. Continuing education is required for initial certification.
Special Accommodations for Americans with Disabilities
Credential Evaluation Services for Candidates Educated or Licensed Outside the US
International Testing Information (PDF) update

OCN® Test Information & Test Prep Resources

2015 OCN® Test Candidate Handbook (PDF)
About the OCN® Test
OCN® Test Blueprint (Test content outline) (PDF)
2015 OCN® Test References (PDF)
Sample Test Items
Study Tips
Practice Tests
Review Courses
OCN® Role Delineation Study 2012 – Summary (PDF)

Make a Test Appointment

Authorization to Test (ATT) & Making a Test Appointment
Locate a Test Center

Test Day Information

Identification Requirements for Admission to Test (PDF)
About Computer-Based Testing
Taking the Test
What to Expect at the Test Center
Test Scores, Score Reports, and Cancellation of Scores

What to Do if Your Test Plans Change

Change, Reschedule, or Cancel a Test Appointment
Transfers to a Different Test Date

OCN® Renewal Information