Treatment—Oncology APN

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This thorough review of cancer treatments features the information oncology advanced practice nurses need in their practice. The Treatment—Oncology APN online course provides the APN perspective on treatment options available across the oncology spectrum. This course is designed for APNs 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

  • Background and Fundamentals of Cancer Treatment: treatment types and goals, clinical trials, pharmcodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacogenomics, tumor sensitivity and resistance, dosing and combination therapy, nutrition during treatment
  • Localized Therapies: surgery (diagnostic and prophylactic surgery, surgical approaches, surgical effects and complications), radiation therapy (goals, planning, types, side effects)
  • Systemic Therapies: chemotherapy agents, hormonal therapy, biotherapy and targeted therapy, safety standards and safe handling, hematopoietic stem cell transplant
  • Complementary, Alternative, and Integrated Therapies: CAM

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

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this activity, the learner will demonstrate knowledge of cancer treatment modalities and related clinical practice guidelines 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.

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 9.03 ILNA points may be applied to Roles of the APN OR Symptom Management OR Treatment.

No more than 9.03 total points may be claimed for the program.

Learning Objectives

  • State the treatment challenges that relate to tumor cell sensitivity and resistance, pharmacodynamics, and dosing considerations.
  • State examples of surgical approaches for advanced disease and disease complications.
  • Identify resources for APNs to use as clinical practice guidelines for treating cancer.
  • Recognize credible resources for the APN related to complementary and alternative therapies.

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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**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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