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  • 1.  OCN

    Posted 09-02-2019 13:32
    Hello everyone! I am looking for guidance on my upcoming test for OCN end of this month. I am following the outline but still feel overwhelmed so much information to retain. I have been doing OCN practice tests that I feel I retain more that way the. Just reading ONS book. Anyone know how soon you can test if you don’t pass the first time? Any ideas or recommendations are greatly appreciated.
    Thank you!
    Sophie Gonzalez
    Sent from my iPhone

  • 2.  RE: OCN

    Posted 09-03-2019 12:17
    Hi I would focus on the areas that carry the most percentage according to the test outline. I would also recommend doing as many practice questions you can and read the rationales for the answers. There are a lot available through Amazon. Good luck on your test!  Be positive and don't worry about next time you can test if you don't pass. You've got this!

    Jennifer Bower RN BSN OCN
    RN 2 bedside 4B Heme/Onc Bone Marrow Transplant
    Carolinas Medical Center/Atrium Health
    Charlotte NC

  • 3.  RE: OCN

    Posted 09-04-2019 06:41
    I will also be testing in a few weeks.  My favorite review was the ONS review bundle for the OCN.  The questions I missed I had to dig for the answers which is my better style of learning. My director took the test in the spring and keeps telling me that's all I need to study.  I am also using the ONCC questions (free and bought) with additional study guides from Mometrix through Amazon.  I have tried using the Core Curriculum but it kind of overwhelms me and frustrated me so i put that book down for now.   Goodluck! 

    Bonnie Pritchett 

  • 4.  RE: OCN

    Posted 09-04-2019 13:47

    Hello. Thank you for reaching out in Communities! It's a great way to network with other oncology nurses.

    You asked how soon you can retest if you do not pass the OCN© examination. You have a 90-day eligibility period during which you are eligible to take the examination. Candidates may not take the same certification test more than one time during the 90-day eligibility period. For example, if your 90-day window was July 1-October 2, and you took the exam today, you would not be eligible to re-apply until October 3.

    I would encourage you to look through the ONCC website at for helpful tips on preparing for the certification exam. The test content outlines as well as the list of references are available for all certification exams. It sounds like you are already familiar with the practice tests. ONCC practice tests provide examples of the types of items you can expect to find on an examination.

    Best wishes,

    Heather Martorella RN MSN
    Certification Programs Manager
    Oncology Nursing Certification Corp
    Pittsburgh PA