Cancer Genetics

Cancer Genetics

Contact hours
On Demand

Oncology nurses need a solid understanding of cancer genetics and genomics and how they influence cancer care. Discover more about genetic influences on cancer, cancer risk assessment, and hereditary cancer syndromes and explore how genetics and genomics affect individualized approaches to disease prevention, intervention, and treatment.

This course is offered on demand. Instructions on how to immediately access the course will be sent to you in an automatically generated email receipt after you register. You will enjoy continuous access for six months.

Cancer Genetics Course Topics

  • Essential Competencies
  • Genetics and Genomics Basics
  • Biology of Cancer
  • Diagnostic Molecular Markers
  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Cancer Risk Assessment
  • Cancer Prevention and Early Detection
  • Indentification, Testing, and Risk Reduction in Common Hereditary Cancer Syndromes
  • Ethical, Legal and Social Issues
  • Direct-to-Consumer Marketing
  • Establishing a Cancer Genetic Clinic
  • Nursing Implications and Credentialing

You may also be interested in the ONS book Genetics and Genomics in Oncology Nursing Practice.

Expected Outcome

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of cancer genetics and genomics, and the role of the nurse related to cancer genetics by passing the post-test with score of ≥ 80%.

Target Audience

This course was designed to meet the educational needs oncology nurses, APNs, and non-oncology nurses who care for patients with cancer.

ILNA Breakdown

16.3 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 16.3 points each: Scientific Basis

16.3 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 16.3 points each: Scientific Basis for Practice
Learning Objectives
  • Discuss cancer cell biology and the role of genetic abnormalities in the development of cancer.
  • Provide an example of how genetics and/or genomics can influence a patient’s response to treatment.
  • Obtain a family history for cancer genetic risk assessment and construct a three-generation pedigree.
  • Identify five red flags that require a consultation with a genetics professional.
  • Discuss one legal, ethical, or social issue related to cancer and specifically how it affects the patient and/or family.
  • Describe the positive and negative aspects of direct-to-consumer marketing of genetic tests.

The Oncology Nursing Society is accredited with distinction as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

ONS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #2850.

Individual Pricing Options


Group purchases are available

 Registering for 10 or more people? Group discounts are available for this course.

To find out more, contact ONS customer service at or 866-257-4667, option 2. Our office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–5 pm EST.

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