ONS/ONCC Radiation Therapy Certificate Course

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Radiation oncology requires you to possess a highly specialized knowledge base. In this program, you’ll learn how radiobiology is used to treat various forms of cancer, and recognize the risk factors and nursing interventions for the common side effects of treatment.

At the end of the course, if you pass the final exam (80% or higher), you’ll receive a certificate of added qualification from the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation and a CNE certificate from ONS. The radiation therapy certificate of added qualification is valid for three years.

This course is available 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 180 days.

Course Topics

  • Fundamentals of Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Safety
  • Treatment Modalities
  • Immunotherapy and Radiation
  • Treatment-Related Side Effects
  • Continuum of Care
  • Special Population Management
  • Professional Practice

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of skills and tools for assessment and collaborative management of patients receiving radiation therapy by achieving a post test score of 80% or higher.

Target Audience

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of nurses with more than (2) years of current or recent experience in radiation.

ILNA Breakdown

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 9.8 ILNA points may be applied to Coordination of Care OR Palliative Care OR Professional Practice OR Scientific Basis for Practice OR Survivorship OR Symptom Management OR Treatment.

No more than 9.8 total points may be claimed for the program.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the principles of radiobiology and their applications to patient care.
  • Explain the indications for and patient management of various radiation therapy modalities.
  • Recognize and identify interventions for the management of acute and chronic side effects of radiation therapy.
  • Define the emotional and psychological impact of radiation therapy on the patients and their families.
  • Discuss the professional role of the radiation oncology nurse.

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