Yale, School of Nursing offers a program in Adult Oncology Concentration. Good Luck.
Mary Ellen Danzer, RN
Mary Ellen Danzer, MSN, RN, CNS, OCN I Certified Oncology Nurse Navigator I Lifespan Cancer Institute/ The Miriam Hospital Campus l 164 Summit Avenue, Providence, RI 02906 l Office 401.793.3369
Duke University has an oncology certification. You can do as part of your MSN program or just as a certification if you already have your degree.
Here is the link: https://nursing.duke.edu/academic-programs/msn-master-science-nursing/oncology-specialty
Maureen G. Stannard, RN, BS, OCN
Oncology Clinical Research Nurse
Norris Cotton Cancer Center
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Patricia Friend PhD, APRN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC
Associate Professor and Program Director
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Loyola University Chicago
Health Sciences Campus Building 125, Rm. 4535
2160 S. First Ave.
Maywood, IL 60153
First thing you'll want to look at is type of nursing program. Are you looking for an NP program a CNS program, an education program, an administrator program? There are a lot of different programs that exist and many have different requirements and learning focus.
If you're looking at a clinical program (like NP or CNS) that requires a clinical placement, the nurse will have to be licensed as an RN in the state of clinical placement (this may actually be a requirement for all Master's programs, I'm not sure I only looked at clinical master's programs). Every state has different licensing requirements/costs to get and renew. Information is available on the State Board of Nursing website in each state. In terms of clinical placement, coming from far away you'll probably want to find a program that finds clinical placements for you. (There are several programs that expect the student to find their own clinical placement which can be challenging if you don't have a local network, especially if there are lots of students in the area seeking placements.) Some schools require that the student have a vehicle as not all placements may be local or available on public transit.Some programs can be made into more specialized programs. For example, my Master's is a pediatric clinical nurse specialist. But all of my clinical placements were in pediatric oncology so I was able to specialize most of my coursework into pediatric oncology. This was an opportunity my school offered due to local hospitals I could partner with, and I was the only student who wanted pediatric oncology so it worked for me. But my degree doesn't specify oncology.I'd also think about learning style. Some schools do all in classroom for didatic, some do all on-line and some are blended. (It is possible if enrolling in a primarily online, all but the clinical portion can be done from home.)
Also cost, there is a huge variation in what different programs cost and what financial aid, if any, is available. There may be additional costs such as requiring you to purchase malpractice insurance while enrolled as a clinical student that aren't part of the turition costs. I'd also suggest looking to the outline of courses/schedule and see if it's feasible if there are other requirements such as family/work. Some programs are shorter but super intense, and some allow part-time/longer options.Most schools will be able to answer these questions via email if you reach out. Also many will allow you to speak with a current student to ask questions as well.