What is NCPD?

What is NCPD?

Within our new Learning Platform where the ONS Courses are hosted, you will notice that we now refer to CNE as NCPD. This is primarily change in terminology. The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) has changed the term continuing nursing education (CNE) to nursing continuing professional development (NCPD). Instead of earning CNE, nurses will earn NCPD. Contact hours will continue to be the measure of credit earned. So, 1 hour of CNE is equal to 1 hour of NCPD. 


Why do we use this language? 

The American Nurses Credentialing Center, or ANCC, is the primary accrediting body for continuing education in nursing and ONS has been accredited by ANCC as a provider of continuing education in nursing for over 30 years. NCPD is the same language used throughout the specialty of nursing professional development.

What does this mean for me? 

When nurses complete an educational activity, they earn a certificate stating,  

“The Oncology Nursing Society is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.“ 

Instead of earning CNE, nurses now earn NCPD. Contact hours will continue to be the measure of credit earned. 

  • 60 minutes = 1 contact hour of NCPD = 1 contact hour of CNE 

Will I be able to use NCPD and CNE for my certification renewal? 

Yes, the transition to NCPD took place in 2019-2020. ONCC anticipates nurses will enter both CNE and NCPD into their logs. There is no difference between the two.