Prevention and Diagnosis—Oncology APN

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Understanding the genetics behind cancer growth, screening and prevention issues, and the diagnostic process serve as a foundation for your knowledge of cancer care. The Prevention and Diagnosis—Oncology APN online course provides you with the specific information you need for any number of site-specific cancers at the advanced practice level. This course is designed for advanced practice nurses with some experience in oncology.

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 180 days.

Course Topics

  • Cancer Screening, Prevention, and Early Detection: cancer statistics, screening, prevention, and early detection, cancer screening guidelines
  • Cancer Diagnosis, Staging, and Treatment Planning: breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers, lymphoma, leukemia
  • Cancer Genetics: background of genetics and cancer, hereditary cancer syndromes, testing and counseling

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of evidence-based guidelines for cancer prevention, detection, and diagnosis by achieving at least 80% on the post-test.

Target Audience

This course is designed for APNs with oncology experience who want to increase their knowledge about critical components of the APN role in cancer care. This course is also appropriate for APNs preparing for advanced oncology certification or renewal via ILNA renewal points.

This course is included in the CNS Bundle and AOCNP®Certification Review Bundle. It is a recommended course if you are studying for your certification exam or are renewing your certification via the ILNA option. You may take this course on its own or purchase the bundle of five courses plus a practice test at a discounted rate.

AOCNP® Certification Review Bundle 

CNS Bundle

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 7.39 ILNA points may be applied to Diagnosis and Staging, Health Promotion/Screening and Early Detection, Role of the APN

Note that the course content applies to multiple content areas across multiple credentials. The numerical value indicated above is the maximum amount of points that can be claimed in each domain. The total amount of ILNA points claimed may not exceed the total amount of CNE awarded from this course and may only apply to the credential you are renewing.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify population-specific issues related to risk identification, screening, and early detection.
  • Describe various diagnostic tests recommended for detection of specific tumor types.
  • Determine the staging and prognostic indicators for specific tumor types.
  • Correlate personal medical history and symptoms with potential familial cancer risks and syndromes.
  • Define the responsibilities of the oncology APN in cancer prevention, screening, and genetic counseling.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this course offer pharmacology content?

Yes, this course contains some pharmacology content. View our estimated pharmcology content page for an estimate for this particular course.

Technical Requirements

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*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.

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**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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