Genetics Fundamentals

Genetics Fundamentals

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Genetics play a critical role in the development of cancer as well as in its prevention and treatment. You'll be introduced to the fundamentals of genetics, including the role genetics plays in cancer evolution and treatment. Through six lessons, you’ll learn about DNA structure and function; DNA mutations and how we repair DNA damage; chromosome abnormalities; inheritance patterns of diseases; gene regulation; pharmacogenetics; recombinant DNA technologies, genetic testing; genetic-based therapies; and much more.

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 until August 31.

Genetics Fundamentals Course Topics

  • The Human Genome
  • Inheritance Patterns
  • Genes, Transcription, Translation
  • DNA Mutations and Damage
  • Developmental Genetics, the Genetic Basis of Cancer, and Pharmacogenetics
  • Genetic Testing, Genetic-Based Therapeutics, and Recombinant DNA Technologies

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 a foundational knowledge of genetics and the role of genetics in disease development by passing the post-test with score of ≥ 80%.

Target Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of oncology nurses and others interested in gaining a fundamental understanding of genetics. Individuals who may benefit from this course include nurses and other healthcare professionals new to oncology practice, experienced nurses seeking review information, pharmaceutical sales representatives, nursing instructors, nursing students, case managers, and others who wish to gain a fundamental understanding of genetics.

ILNA Breakdown

12 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 12 points: Scientific Basis

12 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 12 points: Scientific Basis for Practice
Learning Objectives
  • Understand how genetic material is replicated and divided during cell division.
  • Describe a variety of chromosomal abnormalities and how they translate into clinical issues.
  • Describe the structure and replication of DNA and RNA.
  • Describe the different forms of inheritance patterns along with examples of each and their associated recurrence risks.
  • Understand more complex modes of inheritance and disease expression (e.g., imprinting and mitochondrial inheritance).
  • Understand the basics of genetic linkage and how it can be used clinically and in research, including linkage for quantitative traits.
  • Understand the variety of ways that bacteria can transfer genetic material to one another.
  • Understand how genetic material is replicated and divided during cell division.
  • Apply knowledge of genetics into everyday nursing practice.
  • Discuss the steps in genetic counseling and the implications associated with genetic research.
  • Discuss the role of pharmacogenomics in the development of focused treatments.
  • Describe how genetic mutations can lead to a cancer diagnosis, particularly mutations that increase the risk for breast, ovarian, and colon cancer.

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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