The ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy Biotherapy Certificate Course
has been updated and is now the
ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Certificate Course
This course is one of two options for nurses who administer chemotherapy and immunotherapy and are looking to earn the ONS Provider Card.
Which course is right for you?
You want to register for this course if both of these statements are true
Need a more introductory program that offers the ONS Provider Card? Try the Fundamentals of Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Administration Course.
This course will equip you with the tools you need to safely administer chemotherapy and immunotherapy to your patients with cancer, while providing the type of quality care demanded by your institution. Plus, you’ll earn CNE, an ONS Provider Card (a small downloadable, printable card that indicates course requirements have been met), and an ONCC certificate of added qualification that indicates attainment of knowledge (which cannot be provided without first establishing that level of knowledge.) The e-book version of Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy Guidelines and Recommendations for Practice is included with the course registration.
The primary purpose of this certificate course is to best prepare and reinforce critical information for safe administration and use evidence to manage acute side effects and adverse events related to chemotherapy and immunotherapy administration.
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 90 days.
Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of chemotherapy and immunotherapy administration and symptom management by passing the post-test with score of 80% or higher.
This course is intended for nurses who have knowledge of cancer basics and are in a position to regularly administer chemotherapy and biotherapy.
Still Wondering if This Course is Right for You?
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, with the learner earning an ONCC certificate of added qualification upon successful completion. It is not an introductory program. Review this Chemotherapy Course Guide to help with your decision.
Have You Taken This Course and Need to Renew?
Who is eligible for the renewal course?
If you have earned your ONS Provider Card and ONCC Certificate of Added Qualification through the ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Certificate Course, you will be eligible to renew through the ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Certificate Renewal Course every two years, assuming that you are not more than 30 days past your expiration date. Check your ONS Provider Card or ONS profile for the expiration date of your card.
Content in this learning activity is applicable to meeting individual requirements for certification renewal through the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation's Individual Learning Needs Assessment (ILNA) renewal method.
Up to 8 ILNA points may be applied to Coordination of Care OR 9 points to Disease-Related Biology OR 8 points to Navigation OR 9 points to Oncologic Emergencies OR 15 points to Professional Practice OR 12 points to Psychosocial OR 12 points to Scientific Basis for Practice OR 7 points to Survivorship OR 14 points to Symptom Management OR 15 points to Treatment OR 4 points to Basic Contents for Transplantation OR 4 points to Pre-Transplant Care OR 4 points to Preparative Regimens.
No more than 16.3 total points may be claimed for the program.
I've taken this course and am due to renew my chemo card. What do I do?
You can take the ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Certificate Renewal Course. The course is on demand, which means you'll have immediate access to the course upon registering.
Should I take the course if I don't administer chemotherapy and biotherapy?
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, with the learner earning a certificate of added qualification upon successful completion. It is not an introductory program. If you do not need an extensive chemotherapy education, or are looking for more basic information, ONS offers the Fundamentals of Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Administration course. This course also provides an ONS Provider Card. Learn how this course compares to the ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy/Immunotherapy Certificate Course with this Chemotherapy Course Guide.
What are the course expectations?
To obtain continuing nursing education credits, the provider card, and the certificate of added qualification, course participants must
It is important to adhere to all aspects of the ONS Educational Integrity statement as well.
Do you suggest any test-taking strategies?
Test items relate to the content contained within the course, including readings and linked resources. You may refer to the course and required readings at any time while taking the post-test. Using resources outside of those provided in the course is not necessary nor is it recommended. The test is not timed and does not have to be completed in one sitting.
How long does it take to complete the course?
Data to date indicates that most learners are completing the course is approximately 15 hours. This is in line with the number of contact hours of continuing nursing education awarded.
I didn't pass the test. Can I retest?
Each learner will have two attempts to successfully pass the post-test. All attempts must be completed before the course closes.
If you are unsuccessful in meeting the requirements to earn CNE within the stated time and test attempts or completion of the evaluation during your access to the course, ONS will not grant additional testing or evaluation opportunities, extensions, transfers, cancellations, or refunds. If you are unsuccessful in earning CNE and wish to pursue additional attempts, you will need to purchase and register for access to a new course.
What if I want to cancel my registration?
Please be advised that the cancellation policy for this ONS online course is as follows.
If you have questions regarding registering for a course or want the full disclosure sent to you, contact ONS customer service at 866-257-4ONS (4667) and select option 2. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 am–5 pm EST.
What is the institutional pricing?
The discount is now taken off the total purchase price instead of the total quantity.
How do I know how many vouchers to purchase at a time?
With the change to the discount structure, an institution’s voucher purchasing strategy may need to be revisited. In the past, institutions purchased a bulk quantity of vouchers to receive the best price and cover any future educational needs. With a 20% discount being recognized after a purchase total of $2,500 and nurses now paying the advertised price on the website, institutions may want to consider placing smaller, more frequent orders or when an educational need arises. For institutions making larger bulk purchases of $7,500 or more, we do offer a 25% discount off the total purchase price. Contact ONS Customer Relations at 866-257-4667, option 2, for further assistance.
Are institutions reimbursing their nurses for the time spent on course participation?
ONS has discussed this issue with many institutions, and the decisions made by institutions vary. Those who are paying staff seem to be in line with paying for the 16 hours ONS has determined are needed to complete the course.
How are institutions helping nurses to successfully pass the exam? Do they provide additional resources?
Although the test is a challenge, the passing rate indicates that the test is practical for information presented in the course. Test items relate to the content contained within the course, including readings and linked resources contained within the course. Learners may refer to the course and required readings at any time while taking the post-test. Using resources outside of those provided in the course is not necessary nor is it recommended.
What is recommend for inpatient nurses and others who do not frequently work with chemotherapy and immunotherapy?
If you do not need an extensive chemotherapy education, or are looking for more basic information, ONS offers the Fundamentals of Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Administration online course. This course also offers an ONS Provider Card. Learn the difference between the two ONS Provider Card courses with this Chemotherapy Course Guide.
The intended learner for the certificate course is a nurse who has knowledge of cancer basics and is in a position to regularly administer chemotherapy and immunotherapy. Although these characteristics are not prerequisites to participate in the course, the course does build on a foundation of cancer knowledge, with the learner earning a certificate of added qualification upon successful completion.
The course is not an introductory program and should not be used as a first step in orientation for nurses with little or no understanding of the use of chemotherapy and immunotherapy.
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