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. The educational criteria and curriculum were developed by the AONN+ Certification Task Force which is made up of experienced leaders within both navigator fields.
AONN+ created these certifications in response to its membership who have clearly stated that the knowledge, skills, and experience to be an excellent Oncology Nurse Navigator (ONN) required a different type of nursing certification than currently provided by any organization, including the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS). ONS took the position that the Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN) designation, however, did include the functions and knowledge of ONNs. With the decision that ONS made to not pursue the development of a separate certification program for ONNs, AONN+ made the strategic decision in response to its members and other conference attendees to develop the ONN-CG™ program. George Washington Institute developed the OPN-CG™ exam, which AONN+ fully supported and provides for oncology patient lay navigators.
Where Can I Take the Certification Exam?
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 national certification from AONN+.
- Johns Hopkins
- Baylor University Medical Center
- 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
AONN+ Certification Task Force Chairs are working diligently to obtain National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accreditation for the ONN-CG™ and OPN-CG™ certification exams. Click here to read more about the accreditation process.