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Course Description

This program provides a comprehensive review of oncology nursing practice in preparation for the OCN Exam adminis-tered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). The review will provide content and practice questions reflective of the 2022 OCN Exam content outline. Topics include: cancer continuum, oncology nursing practice, cancer treatment modalities, symptom management and palliative care, oncologic emergencies and psychosocial dimensions of care. This course is not meant to be an introductory course to oncology nursing practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Self-report at a 90% rate an increase in knowledge and a readiness to take the OCN Certification Exam.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Eligibility Criteria | Application and Testing Process | Study Resources | Test-Taking Tips
  • Screening Guidelines | Cancer Navigation and Epidemiology | Incidence and Mortality of Major Cancers | Modifiable Risks | NCCN Definition of Survivorship | Survivorship Specifics | End-of-Life Care
  • Scientific Basis for Oncology Practice | Scientific Basis of Practice Related to Solid Malignancies
  • Scientific Basis of Practice Related to Malignant Hematology
  • Accreditation Standards | Scope and Standards of Practice

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Surgical Treatment of Cancer | Safety Measures | TJC SCIP | Perioperative Principles | ERAS | Risk Factors | Postoperative Complications | Surgical Oncology Procedures | Surgical Limitations | Radiation Therapy
  • Chemotherapy | Reactions and Nursing Interventions | Vascular Access Devices | Routes of Administration | Chemotherapy Agents and Antidotes | Precision Medicine | Targeted Therapies | Handling Hazardous Drugs | Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Palliative Care Definition and Practice | Etiology and Patterns of Symptoms | Risk Factors, Grading and Management | Complementary and Integrative Modalities
  • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC) | Sepsis | Assorted Reactions
  • Psychosocial Impacts | Financial Concerns | Altered Body Image | Coping Mechanisms | Psychosocial Distress | Sexuality