ONS Oncology Nurse Orientation Program™



The ONS Oncology Nurse Orientation Program™ guidelines, and supports new oncology nurses working toward certification based on the ONS Oncology Nurse Generalist Competencies.

You will have access to the course and content for 180 days from date of purchase, after which you will no longer be able to access the course. This is a self-paced course that students may access 24 hours a day, seven days a week during that time.

The course does not have a faculty leader, but your facility may decide to purchase the ONS Oncology Nurse Orientation Preceptor Bundle™ with access to preceptor materials to enhance your learning. 


Students will receive 29.75 contact hours of NCPD upon the successful completion of the ONS Oncology Nurse Orientation Program™. No partial credit will be given. If you are unsuccessful in meeting the requirements to earn NCPD contact hours within the stated time or completion of the evaluation during your access to the course, ONS will not grant additional evaluation opportunities, extensions, transfers, cancellations, or refunds. If you are unsuccessful in earning NCPD and wish to pursue additional attempts, you will need to purchase and register for access to a new course section.

Course Topics

  • The role of the oncology nurse in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology
  • Oncology nursing scope of practice
  • Legal and ethical issues related to oncology nursing practice
  • Cancer biology
  • Drug therapy covering all categories of chemotherapy and immunotherapy
  • Infection prevention and care immunocompromised patients
  • Vascular access device standards of care and management of complications
  • Basics of safe handling
  • Oncologic emergencies
  • Review of breast, colorectal and lung cancers, as well as hematologic malignancies

Expected Outcomes

The learning outcome for this course is that the learner will increase knowledge of general principles of cancer care and apply lessons learned to increasing patient assignments

Target Audience

  • Nurses new to oncology 
  • Oncology nurses working toward certification
  • Student nurses

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