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Adult Oncology Specialty Certificate

Cancer is a leading cause of death in adults and a significant cause of disease and treatment-related morbidity. Knowledge about the underlying biology and genetics of cancer is rapidly expanding, and novel treatment options and supportive care interventions are constantly changing—keep pace with the most recent developments through this program.

Our program

The Adult Oncology Specialty Certificate is designed for Master’s-prepared nurses and Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) seeking advanced training in oncology from leading researchers and clinicians in the country. The program is led by highly experienced faculty who are renowned experts in the field of oncology, and students will have the opportunity to interact with nationally recognized scientists and clinicians from the School of Nursing and the Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center. This hybrid program requires students to complete three courses which consist of both online and on-campus components. In both the Fall and Spring semesters, students are expected to attend two on-campus days at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.


A total of 3 course units are required. Below is a sample plan of study for students. View the curriculum.


The oncology specialty certificate program fulfills all the didactic requirements for the certification; required hours of practice depend on your concentration/specialty. Please refer to Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) website for more information.

Part-time tuition costs

Contact Information

Interested students should reach out to the Coordinator of the Oncology Specialty Minor/Certificate Program, Victoria Sherry, DNP, ANP-BC, AOCNP (

International Compliance

The Adult Oncology Specialty Certificate program is offered by the University of Pennsylvania, an institution of higher education authorized to confer degrees and certificates conferring academic credit under applicable laws of the United States. Students who are interested in participating in the program from countries other than the United States are advised that each jurisdiction may have its own laws and regulations governing online educational programs, and some jurisdictions may not recognize course credit or an online degree awarded by the University as satisfying local requirements for professional licensure, employment qualification, or other purposes. Before enrolling in this program, prospective students should investigate their jurisdiction’s treatment of foreign online programs to ensure that participation in this program will meet their objectives.