Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®)
Maintaining your certification
You should be very proud that you’ve passed the certification test! In order to keep your certification, you need to earn points for certification renewal by completing Continuing Education, Continuing Medical Education, Academic Education credits, or have work published in publications or give presentations. Follow this step-by-step guide to maintain your certification.
1. Determine where to log your information.
If you passed a test in 2012 or later, use your Learning Plan on LearningBuilder. If you renewed via ONC-PRO in 2012 to 2015, you must first take an assessment to determine how many points you’ll need. After you assess, you will be notified that your Learning Plan is available for tracking your points.
2. Plan your professional development.
Your assessment results or test score report will tell you the subject areas and number of professional development points – ranging from 25 to 100 – you’ll need to renew your certification.
3. Select the necessary subjects.
Use your score report or assessment results to see which subject areas you need further professional development. Then, refer back to the current Test Content Outline (Test Blueprint) to help you identify whether a program is in the subject area you need.
4. Enter your points on your Learning Plan on LearningBuilder.
Make sure you keep track of all of your information, as you earn the points, in your Learning Plan on the new online tracking tool called LearningBuilder.
5. Keep all documentation.
We strongly urge you to record your points as they are earned. Keep copies of all grade reports, copies of publications, program descriptions, educational objectives, and outlines, in case ONCC asks to review them.
Visit the Resource Center for the following information:
- Acceptable Approval Bodies/Providers of Nursing Continuing Education
- Online Continuing Education Resources
- Websites featuring nursing continuing education
View Eligibility Criteria for Certification Renewal
- Current AOCNS® certification
- A current, active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US, its territories or Canada at the time of application and examination.
- A minimum of 1,000 hours of practice in roles of the clinical nurse specialist 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. One renewal option is available in 2018:
- Option 1: Practice hours + Professional Development (ILNA Points)
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