Orthopaedic Nurse Practice Test
The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Exam was designed by the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board (ONCB) to provide orthopaedic nurses with the only credential in the field to recognize expertise in orthopaedic nursing. The ONCB’s orthopaedic nursing credential can help you demonstrate your dedication to orthopaedic nursing, or even secure a coveted position in a hospital, clinic, or practice. To earn the orthopaedic nursing credential (ONC), you must take the ONC exam. However, in order to take the ONC exam, you must meet specific criteria.
What are the eligibility criteria to sit for the ONC exam?
To sit for the ONC exam, you must demonstrate two full years of practicing Registered Nurse (RN) experience, and you must hold a full, unrestricted RN license in the United States. If you are an RN in another country (the country in which you received your RN education), you will need to meet equivalency criteria as determined by a number of international credentialing services available via the ONCB website. You must also demonstrate at least 1,000 hours of work within the past three years as an RN in orthopaedic nursing. The ONCB recognizes a number of means of attaining this experience, including adult care, education, emergency room experience, critical care, home health care, pediatrics, administration, and other related areas.
Fees for the ONC exam are $290 for National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON) members via online application; $315 for NAON members via paper application; $405 for non-NAON members via online application; and $430 for non-NAON members via paper application. Once your application and exam fee are processed, you will receive notice of your exam eligibility period via email and postcard. You must schedule and complete your exam before the eligibility window closes.
What does the ONC exam cover? How many questions are on the ONC exam?
The ONC exam was designed by and for orthopaedic nurses, so you can rest assured that its content is relevant and useful. The ONC exam consists of 150 questions, of which 135 are scored. The remaining questions function as pilot questions that help determine the efficacy of such questions for future use. Because you will not know the difference between scored and unscored questions, it is important that you answer each consecutive question to the best of your ability. You will need to answer at least 97 questions correctly in order to pass the exam.
The ONC exam covers several content areas within two overarching specifications: condition and task. The content areas and number of questions per content area are as follows:
- Disorders, degenerative: 42 questions
- Orthopaedic trauma: 28 questions
- Sports-related injuries: 26 questions
- Disorders, metabolic bone: 12 questions
- Disorders, inflammatory: 10 questions
- Congenital & pediatric: 6 questions
- Tumors of the musculoskeletal system: 5 questions
- Neuromuscular: 6 questions
- Self-care, including functional capacity: 22-32 questions
- Pain, including pain management and strategies: 25-45 questions
- Complications, including preventative measures: 31-41 questions
- Activity, including positioning and assistive devices: 15-25 questions
- Nutrition, including hydration and promotion: 3-9 questions
- Psychosocial, including emotional support and musculoskeletal issues: 3-9 questions
At this point, you should have a good overall understanding of the eligibility criteria, content, and general structure of the ONC exam. Now is the time to begin preparing to sit for the ONC exam. Getting enough sleep, eating properly, and managing your stress will undoubtedly help you on exam day. Yet, the best means of ensuring you do your best on the ONC exam is to prepare as thoroughly as possible. Mometrix Test Preparation has developed the test preparation materials you need in the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Exam Secrets study guide. In the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Exam Secrets study guide, you get actual ONC exam content, along with Mometrix’s standardized test researchers’ expert tips designed to help you reduce pre-test stress, recall knowledge, and ensure optimal performance on the ONC exam. In addition to the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Exam Secrets study guide, Mometrix Test Preparation offers a comprehensive ONC Exam Practice Test and a complete set of Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Exam Flashcards. Read the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Exam Secrets study guide, test your knowledge and skills using the ONC Exam Practice Test and Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Exam Flashcards, and earn the ONC credential you deserve as an expert in your field.
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Last updated: 09/11/2018