Chemo Certification

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    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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    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.
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    thank you for the info. Would you recommend I not do it until I am actually employed in the field?
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    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 OCNŽ Certification. You need at least some experience. Check out the website for more info. Hope that helps
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    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!
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    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
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    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!!