Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN®)
Maintaining your certification
You should be very proud that you’re certified! In order to keep your certification, you need to earn points for renewal through Continuing Nursing Education, Continuing Medical Education, or 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.
You will record your points on your Learning Plan on LearningBuilder.
2. Plan your professional development.
You will need to earn 100 points through professional development activities. For AOCN® certified nurses, at least 65 of the 100 points must be of adult oncology content.
3. 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 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
- Point categories
View Eligibility Criteria for Certification Renewal
- Current AOCN® certification, and
- A current, active, unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the US, its territories or Canada, and
- A minimum of 1,000 hours of adult oncology nursing practice within the four years (48 months) prior to application.
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:
- Option 1: Practice hours + ILNA Points (Professional development points)
2017 AOCN® Renewal Requirements
|Total points: |
(Renewal Option 1)
|100 points – at least 65 must be in oncology|
When applying for renewal, you must submit both an application and your completed Learning Plan on LearningBuilder.
If you are renewing more than one credential at the same time, or if your employer is paying for the renewal of multiple candidates at the same time, you must download and return this form. All other candidates must log in to their profile page and renew online. When applying online, you must submit both your application and completed Learning Plans
Renewals in 2016 and Beyond
ONC-PRO was replaced by the Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA).
However AOCN® certified nurses will not take individual learning needs assessment, because there are no current test content outlines (test blueprints) on which to base assessments. AOCN® certified nurses may renew by earning 100 points through professional development activities. At least 65 of the 100 points must be in adult oncology content.
Access your Learning Plan on LearningBuilder 2-4 weeks after you receive your certificate and wallet card.
Note: AOCN® candidates will not take the assessment, but will complete a Learning Plan (100 points) on LearningBuilder.
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