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Course Description

This program is designed for BMT oncology nurses seeking a review in preparation for the ONCC® Blood & Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN®) Exam. The review will focus on the following categories from the 2016 test content outline: indications for transplantation, types of transplants and stem-cell sources, pretransplant care, preparative  regimens, stem-cell infusion, graft-versus host disease, post-transplant care, survivorship and professional practice. This is not an introductory course to BMT, but rather a comprehensive review of BMT oncology nursing practice.  

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and practice test-taking skills and strategies.
  • Review the basic concepts for pre- and post-transplantation.
  • Identify the nurse’s role in the management and care of BMT patients across the transplant trajectory.
  • Discuss the clinical presentation and evidence-based interventions of common issues in BMT.  
  • Identify key survivorship issues in BMT and professional oncology practice. 


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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

  • Introduction
    Welcome and Introduction | Eligibility | Application and Testing | Study Resources | Test-Taking Tips
  • Basic Concepts and Indications for Transplantation
    Hematopoiesis | Immunology | Role of Caregiver | Goals of Therapy | Indications for Transplant
  • Types of Transplants and Stem-Cell Sources
    Autologous | Allogeneic | Other Therapies | Peripheral Blood | Bone Marrow | Umbilical Cord Blood
  • Pretransplant Care
    Recipient Eligibility and Management | Donor Selection and Care | Stem-Cell Procurement
  • Preparative Regimens and Stem-Cell Infusion
    Intensity of Therapy | Chemotherapy | Radiation Therapy | Biotherapy | Immunotherapy | Targeted Therapies | Fresh vs. Cryopreserved | Infusion Management | Hematologic Compatibilities
  • Psychosocial Impact of Cancer
    Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Emotional Distress and Supportive Care | Risk Factors and Interventions | Fertility | Sexuality | Coping Mechanisms and Cultural Issues 
  • Graft-Versus-Host Disease Prevention & Management
    Types of GVHD | Toxicity and Grading Scales | Common Symptoms and Evidence-Based Management
  • Post-Transplant Issues and Management
    Interventions | Hematologic | Hydration and Electrolyte Imbalances | Gastrointestinal | Nutritional | Genitourinary | Integumentary | Cardiopulmonary | Neurologic | Dermatologic | Dental | Ocular | Musculoskeletal | Psychosocial | Graft Rejection or Failure | Disease Relapse | End of Life
  • Survivorship
    Secondary Malignancy | Psychosocial Issues | Fertility | Sexuality | Quality of Life | Follow-up Care
  • Professional Practice
    Ethical and Legal Issues | Clinical Trials | Standards of Practice | Accreditation Standards | Continuous Quality Improvement | Professional Boundaries | Compassion Fatigue | Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Competence | Sources of Data for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Conclusion and Wrap-up