Chemo Certification

  1. Can anyone point me in the right direction - - I am applying to oncology jobs that state "Chemotherapy Certification" preferred.

    I'd love more info on how to go about obtaining this.

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  3. by   KelRN215
    Courses are offered by ONS and APHON. I recommend that you look into those courses though it is not possible to be fully chemo competent until you are working in oncology and actually administering chemo.
  4. by   nycNurse2b
    thank you for the info. Would you recommend I not do it until I am actually employed in the field?
  5. by   mzjennx
    I started working on a oncology floor that trained me to be chemo competent. I took the ONS class for chemotherapy and was trained to give chemo with a chemo/cancer educator and educator. For my hospital I was chemo certified but not nationally certified. You would have to take a big test call the OCN OCN Certification. You need at least some experience. Check out the website for more info. Hope that helps
  6. by   nycNurse2b
    Thanks - that does help.

    I've always wanted oncology, but am having a hard tie due to the "no oncology" experience thing. Ideally, I'd love to get hired somehwhere and then have the hosp train me/certify me as they see fit. But unfortunately I'm not getting thru due to my lack of oncology exp.

    I thought getting the certificatiion would help.

    Any other tips on breaking into the field?

    OR a book rec?

    Anything really, would be helpful. TIA!
  7. by   OCNRN63
    A correction, you do not need to take the OCN test. You need to take the ONS Chemotherapy/Biotherapy course (2 days), then take a test at the end of the course. If you're successful, you will get a Chemo Provider card that is good for two years.

    The OCN test is a test to be certified as an oncology nurse. There are some specific requirements for taking the test such as a minimum of 1,000 hours of oncology exp. over a certain time frame.

    You can get information about where a chemo provider course is near you here:

    Oncology Nursing Society
    Last edit by OCNRN63 on Apr 7, '12
  8. by   Sarah RN,OCN
    I was hired into Oncology through an internship at a local cancer you have a location close to you offering something similar? It was a lower pay to start out with (compared to hospital new grad pay), but I've learned a lot, they help you get your chemo certification, and I'm scheduled to take my OCN this summer. The books I've thought helped me are : Cancer Basics, Oncology Nursing, Nurse's Chemotherapy Quick Pocket Reference. If you have any questions, please send me a message. Good Luck!!