Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON) Exam

The CPON, or Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse, exam is offered as a national certification for nurses in Pediatric Oncology. The course is offered yearly by the ONCC, or Oncology Nurses Certification Corporation, at many sites around the country, including Memphis.

Nurses who meet the following criteria are eligible to take the exam:

  • A current RN license
  • A minimum of one year experience as an RN
  • A minimum of 1000 hours of pediatric oncology nursing practice within two and one half years prior to applying
  • Completion of a minimum of 10 accredited contact hours in oncology nursing or an academic elective in oncology nursing within the three years prior to application. 

    Note: experience may be in nursing administration, education, clinical practice or research.

The test consists of 225 multiple-choice questions drawn from six subject areas: basic sciences, psychosocial, disease and treatment, physical care, pharmacology, and growth and development. Test takers have four hours to complete the exam.

The nurse who obtains a passing score may use the certification mark CPON in their credentials for as long as their certification is valid. Usually, the nurse must renew the certification every four years.

Why Become a CPON Certified Nurse? Nursing certification makes a difference.

For nurses, preparing for the certification examination offers an opportunity to increase their knowledge of cancer and of cancer nursing practice. Attainment of the credential is a personal achievement that can boost self-esteem and increase self-confidence. The CPON credentials may also enhance career development as part of the clinical advancement program.