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Course Description

The ONC® Exam contains questions related to orthopedic patient-centered care nursing standards. By a comprehensive review of these standards, the participant will have the tools and knowledge necessary for successful preparation for orthopedic nursing certification. Content will include assessment and care for orthopedic patients experiencing pediatric/congenital/neuromuscular disorders, metabolic conditions, degenerative/inflammatory disorders, total joint arthroplasty, orthopedic trauma/conditions and sports injuries, fractures, musculoskeletal tumors, amputation, spinal surgery or ortho-pedic complications with appropriate prevention strategies and priority interventions.
ONC® is a registered trademark of the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board, which neither sponsors nor endorses this product.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Have the foundation for further study to work toward successful certification in orthopedic nursing.


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 5:00 pm

  • Welcome and Introduction | Review of Exam
  • Basic Principles of the Musculoskeletal System | Nursing Focus on Orthopedic History
  • National Patient Safety Goals, Universal Protocol, SCIP Core Measures | Preop, Intraop and Postop Priorities
  • Spectrum of Disorders Challenging a Child and Family
  • Disease Processes that Alter Bone Formation | Assessments and Priority Care Implications
  • Case Study | Specific Disorder Review | Care Implications for Joint Replacement

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

  • Surgical Priorities of Care | Fracture Management | Pain Management, Mobility and Complication Prevention
  • Benign/Malignant Tumors and Treatment | Implications for Physical/Psychosocial Challenges
  • Anatomical Structures/Degenerative Problems Leading to Spinal Surgery | Case Study
  • Fat Embolism | VTE/Pulmonary Embolism | Acute Compartment Syndrome | Infection/Osteomyelitis | Pneumonia | Delirium | Hemorrhage/Anemia 
  • Orthopedic Jeopardy | Practice Questions | Test-Taking Strategies