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.

About the 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. 

Program Information


Program Length

12 months

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Learning Format

Hybrid *

All clinical experiences for this program are in-person on Penn’s campus or at affiliated clinical sites.

Program Details


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.

Click the link below to view the curriculum for this program in the University catalog.

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Minimum qualifications for the program

BSN and MSN with a minimum GPA of 3.0



International Applicants

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Application Deadlines

2025 Enrollment Deadlines: 

Spring Start: October 15, 2024

Decision Notification: mid-December

Summer Start: March 15, 2025

Decision Notification: mid-April

Fall Start: April 1, 2025

Decision Notification: early-May

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition

Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester.

Every student’s living situation and personal expenses are different, but below are the projected academic year Summer and Fall/Spring costs per CU. These can be multiplied by the total number of CUs in your part-time plan of study to estimate the total cost of a program:

School of Nursing certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid. However, some tuition assistance may be available to you via alternative loan programs, please follow this link to find out more: Students can always apply for personal loans through their bank.

Students can also sign up for a payment plan if they do not have tuition reimbursement from their employer or if they can’t pay their bill in full. The link for the Penn Payment Plan is: Penn Payment Plan | Penn Student Registration & Financial Services| Penn SRFS (

Program Outcomes


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.

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