ONS offers a variety of courses aimed at preparing nurses to administer antineoplastics medications. Each is targeted at a slightly different audience based on experience and frequency of antineoplastic administration, as well as indication for treatment. Below is a summary of course offerings and appropriate audiences.
This course provides the nurse with the foundational tools to safely administer antineoplastic therapy, understand how antineoplastic medications are used in cancer and non-cancer treatment, and the effects and management of medication-related toxicities. This course is recommended for nurses who are new to antineoplastic therapy, administer a small variety of antineoplastic medications less than once per month, or work in a setting where they administer antineoplastic medications to patients with diseases other than cancer.
Those who successfully complete the course, pass the posttest with an 80% or better, and complete the course evaluation will receive a Certificate of Completion with NCPD contact hours and an ONS Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Fundamentals Provider card.
This course is for those who have successfully completed the ONS Fundamentals of Chemotherapy Immunotherapy AdministrationTM course and wish to renew their ONS Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Provider card. This renewal course is recommended for nurses who continue to administer antineoplastic medications as a minor part of their daily work. If administering antineoplastic medications has become a significant part of the nurse's daily work, ONS recommends the nurse take the ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy Immunotherapy CertificateTM course at this point.
This course is designed to provide the nurse with an advanced review of the tools, knowledge, and skills needed to safely administer antineoplastic medications and identify and manage medication-related toxicities. This is not an introductory course; it builds on experiences and fundamental knowledge of antineoplastic administration principles. This course is recommended for nurses who administer a wide variety of antineoplastic medications as part of their daily work, has practiced as a nurse for more than six months, or has administered antineoplastic medications for more than a year.
Those who successfully complete the course, pass the posttest with an 80% or better, and complete the course evaluation will receive a Certificate of Completion with NCPD contact hours and added qualification and an ONS Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Provider card. This added qualification demonstrates mastery of the subspecialty of chemotherapy and immunotherapy administration but is neither a professional certification nor licensure.
This course is for those who have successfully completed the ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy and Immunotherapy CertificateTM course and wish to renew their ONS/ONCC Chemotherapy Immunotherapy Certificate Course provider card. This renewal course is recommended for nurses who continue to administer antineoplastic medications as a significant part of their daily work.
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