The CPHON is a computer-based exam that consists of 165 multiple-choice questions, with only 125 counting toward your score. You are given three hours to complete the exam.
Special testing accommodations are available for those who have conditions that are approved by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Some testing accommodations include extended testing time, additional breaks, and Braille test materials.
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What categories and topics are covered on this exam?
- Psychosocial Dimensions of Care: 9%
- Disease-Related Biology: 12%
- Treatment: 22%
- Supportive Care and Symptom Management: 20%
- Pediatric Oncologic and Hematologic Emergencies: 14%
- Health Maintenance and Survivorship: 8%
- Palliative and End-of-Life Care: 8%
- Professional Performance: 7%
The Psychosocial Dimensions of Care category will address growth and development principles, how illness affects patients and their families, patient and family support, psychosocial adaptation, cultural and spiritual beliefs, family systems, and community resources.
The Disease-Related Biology category will address childhood cancers, hematologic disorders, pathophysiology, and diagnosis and prognosis.
The Treatment category will address the principles of and side effects related to chemotherapy, biotherapy, radiation therapy, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, hematologic disorder therapies, surgery, emerging therapies, and complementary and integrative modalities.
The Supportive Care and Symptom Management category will address pain management, sleep disturbance and fatigue, anxiety and depression, venous access devices, medical devices, nutritional support, discharge planning, delayed healing and wound care, and system specific alterations.
The Pediatric Oncologic and Hematologic Emergencies category will address topics such as anaphylaxis, cerebrovascular accident, hemorrhage, pancreatitis, seizures, spinal chord compression, thrombosis, and vaso-occlusive crisis.
The Health Maintenance and Survivorship category will address health maintenance such as immunizations, wellness and anticipatory guidance, transition to primary health care, and reproductive health and sexuality, AND survivorship such as psychosocial adaptation, socioeconomic issues, and late effects of chemotherapy, biotherapy, and radiation therapy.
The Palliative and End-of-Life Care category will address palliative care, hospice, physical and comfort care, grief and bereavement, family and caregiver support, and legacy building.
The Professional Performance category will address topics such as scope and standards of nursing, professional practice guidelines, ethics, cultural and spiritual competence, therapeutic communication, interdisciplinary collaboration, regulatory standards, principles of teaching and learning, patient safety, and clinical trials.
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How can I register for this exam?
Register online. Within 4 weeks of you registering, you will receive an Authorization to Test document that gives you 90 days to schedule and take the exam.
What is the cost of the exam?
Examinees under the age of 65 will pay $296 if a member of ONS/APHON. If not a member, but fall into this age group, the cost is $416.
Examinees 65 and older will pay $225 if a member of ONS/APHON. If not a member, but fall into this age group, the cost is $315.
What are the testing dates and locations?
In 2018, testing can be done up to December 31st, at sites in the U.S. and Canada.
What should I do the day of the exam?
Arrive at the testing site 30 minutes early so that you have time to check-in.
Bring two forms of identification. One should include your name, signature, and photo. The other must have your name and signature, at a minimum.
You will not need or be permitted to bring a calculator into the testing area. Personal items such as a cell phone or purse will not be allowed in the testing area either.
There is no scheduled break with this exam, so if you must take one, the test clock will not stop.
What happens after I take the exam?
Immediately after taking the exam, you will receive an official score report at the testing center. It will indicate whether you have passed or failed. If you pass, you will receive your certificate and wallet card in 4-6 weeks.
What happens if I don’t pass the exam?
You can attempt the exam up to three times. If you do not pass by the third time, you must wait at least one year, then can try again. Keep in mind, that you cannot take this exam more than once in a 90-day eligibility period.
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