What Is AONN+ Certification?
AONN+ has established its Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist™ (ONN-CG™) and Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalist™ (OPN-CG™) certifications for professionals in these respective professional fields. AONN+ created these certifications in response to the desires of our membership, and the educational criteria and curriculum were developed by the AONN+ Certification Task Force made up of experienced leaders within both navigator fields.
The certification exams are currently given twice a year: in the spring at the regional meeting and in the fall at the annual conference. The next AONN+ Annual Conference is going to be held in Orlando on November 16-19.
Why Should I Get My AONN+ Certification?
AONN+ certification is unique to the field of navigation. The establishment of baseline competencies for oncology navigators centered on their roles, responsibilities, educational level of knowledge, and evidence-based best practices will help to ensure consistent delivery of optimized patient care across the care continuum. Your AONN+ certification will provide you with specific credentials and knowledge that can help you improve patient care and further your career development.
With certification, you gain:
- Knowledge and expertise derived from a navigation-specific formalized testing curriculum and process
- Patient treatment optimization with increased awareness of care options
- Opportunities for career enhancement with prospective promotions and financial incentives
- Recognition and respect from industry organizations, institutional leadership, peers, and patients as an integral member of the multidisciplinary oncology team
To date, more than 200 AONN+ members from more than 130 institutions and 9 advocacy groups across the nation have earned the Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist (ONN-CG™) and Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalist (OPN-CG™) certifications. Listed below is a representation of the institutions and advocacy groups that support and recognize AONN+’s national certification.
- Johns Hopkins
- Baylor University Medical Center
- Dana Farber
- City of Hope
- George Washington University
- Sara Cannon/HCA
- Greenville Health System
- Memorial Hermann
- Memorial Sloan Kettering
- Sutter Health
- UC Davis Medical Center
- University of Alabama
- University of Mississippi Medical Center Cancer Institute
- University of Vermont
- University of Irvine
- University of Texas Medical Branch
- San Francisco Department of Health
- American Cancer Society
- Cancer Navigators, Inc.
- National Marrow Donor/Be the Match
- Susan G. Komen
- Native American Cancer Research Corporation
- Blue Prints of Hope