Chemotherapy Biotherapy: Fundamentals of Administration



This course is one of two options for nurses who administer chemotherapy and biotherapy and are looking to earn the ONS Provider Card.

Which course is right for you?

You want to register for this course if either of these statements are true

  • You have been administering chemotherapy and/or biotherapy agents for less than one year.


  • You administer chemotherapy and/or biotherapy agents infrequently, for example, less than once a month. 

Need a more advanced program that offers the ONS Provider Card? Try the ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Certificate Course.

If you’re a nurse who is new to oncology, administering or planning to administer chemotherapy/biotherapy, or caring for patients receiving chemotherapy this course is your first stop. You’ll receive the fundamentals of administration regardless of the volume and frequency of chemotherapy and biotherapy administered. Plus, you’ll earn CNE and an ONS Chemotherapy Provider Card (a small downloadable, printable card that indicates course requirements have been met). The e-book version of Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Guidelines and Recommendations for Practice is included with the course registration.

This course is available for purchase on its own, or as part of the Oncology Nurse Orientation Bundle. It 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.

Course Topics

  • Types of Chemotherapy
  • Types of Biotherapy and Targeted Therapy
  • Drug Administration
  • Safe Handling
  • Complications of Chemotherapy Infusion
  • Caring for Patients

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of chemotherapy and biotherapy administration and safe handling by achieving a post-test score of 80% or more.

Target Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses and other health care professionals new to oncology who provide care for patients receiving chemotherapy and biotherapy and are preparing to administer  plan to administer chemotherapy/biotherapy. It will provide the fundamentals of administration regardless of the volume or frequency administered. Review this Chemotherapy Course Guide to help with your decision.

If you're looking to obtain a solid foundation in oncology, you can also try the Oncology Nurse Orientation Bundle, which includes this course. Save when you purchase the below courses together or you may also purchase individually.

Oncology Nurse Orientation Bundle

Do You Administer Chemotherapy/Biotherapy More Regularly?

You may benefit from the ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy/Biotherapy Certificate Course. The course is intended for nurses who have knowledge of cancer basics and are in a position to regularly administer chemotherapy and biotherapy. It builds on a foundation of cancer knowledge and experience and is not an introductory course.

Have You Taken This Course and Need to Renew?

Who is eligible for the renewal course?

If you have taken the Fundamentals of Chemotherapy Biotherapy Administration Course and earned your ONS Provider Card in 2016, you are eligible to take the Fundamentals of Chemotherapy Biotherapy Administration Renewal Course. Please note that the course name was changed on 3/1/18, although the course itself has not changed. 

ILNA Breakdown

9.1 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 3 points each: Treatment Modalities and Professional
  • 1.6 points: Symptom Management
  • 1.5 points: Oncologic Emergencies

7.6 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 3 points each: Treatment Modalities and Professional
  • 1.6 points: Symptom Management

4 ILNA points may be applied toward:

  • 3 points: Professional
  • 1 point: Preparative Regimens

Learning Objectives

  • The learner will be able to demonstrate essential knowledge to safely administer chemotherapy and biotherapy.

Technical Requirements

For optimal performance, and to fully participate in ONS online courses, it will be necessary to use one of the browsers listed below.

Supported Browsers for Desktop or Laptop Computers*:

*Use of an earlier version will prohibit the ability to post discussions or view some materials within the course properly.

After upgrading to one of these supported browser versions, please ensure your computer is set up to support the following additional requirements before beginning the lessons.

Additional Requirements**:

**If you're using a work computer for your course, the installation of these components may require assistance from the IT department at your place of business.

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