Preparing for Certification

ONCC does not offer study materials for the certification tests, but we do provide everything possible to help you walk into the testing center prepared to succeed.

Use the ONCC Test Content Outline (Test Blueprint) or keywords to identify sub-topics included in each major subject area on a certification test. The Test Content Outline can help you identify topics that apply to a specific subject area when considering how a CE offering may fit into your Learning Plan. These Content Outlines are in PDF format, so you can print and save for reference.

The Test Content Outline (Test Blueprint) explains test content, so you know specific subject areas to study.

2017 Test Content Outlines

OCN® Test Content Outline CPHON® Test Content Outline CBCN® Test Content Outline AOCNP® Test Content Outline AOCNS® Test Content Outline BMTCN® Test Content Outline

2018 Test Content Outlines

OCN® Test Content Outline CPHON® Test Content Outline CBCN® Test Content Outline AOCNP® Test Content Outline BMTCN® Test Content Outline


The Test Candidate Handbooks include the Test Content Outline (Test Blueprint), references, certification policies and information on the test administration.

2017 ONCC Test Candidate Handbook

The 2018 Test Candidate Handbook will be available soon.

ONCC offers one free Practice Test for each examination. Additional practice tests are available for purchase.

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The following Sample Questions are representative of actual test content, difficulty level, and question format.

The answer key follows the set of questions.

OCN® Sample ItemsCPHON® Sample ItemsCBCN® Sample ItemsBMTCN® Sample ItemsAOCNP® Sample ItemsAOCNS® Sample Items


Keywords can help you determine whether a program fits into a specific content area or applies to ILNA points.

OCN® Subject Area KeywordsCPHON® Subject Area KeywordsCBCN® Subject Area KeywordsAOCNP® Subject Area KeywordsAOCNS® Subject Area KeywordsBMTCN® Subject Area Keywords


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