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Course Description

The ONC Exam is made up of different types of questions related to different key orthopedic components. These questions can prove challenging, and potential test-takers must be prepared to face these challenges. This session gives the participant strategies for preparing to take the exam as well as strategies to successfully navigate the questions that are likely to be encountered.

This course is a review of orthopedic nursing designed to assist the participant in successfully obtaining the ONC certification. The course offers lectures, graphics and practice questions in many of the areas that are tested on the ONC Examination. This review will provide not only a knowledge base for successfully completing the exam, but also a foundation for further study as the participant works towards orthopedic nursing certification. This course is designed to provide the tools and knowledge necessary to ensure successful preparation for the Orthopedic Nursing Exam by providing key information regarding the format of the exam, the key components of the exam and testing strategies

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:

  • Gain an understanding of the layout of the exam and the components of the exam.
  • Review the different components of the exam: degenerative disease, orthopedic trauma, sports injuries, neuromuscular, pediatrics, congenital, inflammatory disorders, operative orthopedics, metabolic bone disease and orthopedic oncology.
  • Review testing strategies to ensure success.
  • Given the opportunity to apply the knowledge and testing strategies to practice questions.


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 & Introduction | Outline of Course | Overview of ONCB
  • Key Orthopedic Assessment Priorities
    Basic Principles of Musculoskeletal System | Nursing Focus in Orthopedic History, Physical Assessment and Nursing Implications | Identification of Priorities, Need for Teamwork
  • Perioperative Care Priorities
    National Patient Safety Goals, Universal Protocol, SCIP Core Measures | Preop Assessment Planning | Intraop Anesthesia | Postop Care Priorities
  • Pediatric/Congenital/Neuromuscular Disorders
    Spectrum of Disorders Challenging a Child | Causes, Assessment, Interventions, Teaching for Each
  • Pediatric/Congenital/Neuromuscular Disorders (cont.)
  • Metabolic Bone Diseases
    Disease Processes Causing Alteration in Bone Formation | Osteoporosis, Other Diseases | Assessments and Priority Care
  • Degenerative/Inflammatory Disorders
    Case Study for RA Hip Fracture | Osteoarthritis/Degenerative | Spectrum of Inflammatory Disorders | Care Implications for Joint Replacement

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

  • Orthopedic Trauma and Sports Injury
    Conservative vs. Surgical Interventions | Fracture Management | Exemplars
  • Musculoskeletal Tumors/Amputation
    Benign vs. Malignant Tumors | Physical and Psychosocial Challenges
  • Spine Disorders
    Anatomical Structures and Degenerative Problems | Case Study
  • Orthopedic Complications | Prevention Strategies
    Signs and Symptoms | Diagnostics | Prevention Strategies | Care Implications
  • Practice Questions | Test-Taking Strategies