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Adult Oncology Specialty Minor

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 Minor is a graduate nursing program that provides advanced training in oncology care for students. The program is led by highly experienced faculty who are renowned experts in the field of oncology nursing, 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.

The program requires students to complete three courses, with the final course involving 240 clinical hours that can be applied towards the NP program clinical requirement as well as the Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP) and Adult Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS) certifications.

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.

The Oncology Specialty is also offered as a Certificate Program for Master’s-prepared nurses and Advanced Practice Providers (APPs). Please see the link for more information.


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



Course Units

Theory Courses


NURS 6640

Advanced Practice for Oncology Care


NURS 6660

Effects of Cancer and Cancer Therapy


Clinical Courses


NURS 6670

Oncology Care: Assessment, Diagnosis, & Cancer Management




We base our curriculum on the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) competencies for oncology nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists and prepare nurses for Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP) and Advanced Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS) certification provided by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC). 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.

Oncology Specialty Minor/Certificate Faculty

Victoria Sherry, DNP, ANP-BC, AOCNP

Coordinator, Oncology Specialty Minor/Certificate Program

Advanced Senior Lecturer B

Suzanne Walker, PhD, ANP – BC, AOCN

Co-course Director N6660 and N6670

Advanced Senior Lecturer B

Elizabeth Prechtel Dunphy, DNP, ANP-BC, AOCN

Co-course Director N6660 and N6670

Advanced Senior Lecturer B

Susan McCall, MSN, ANP-BC

Course Director N6640

Lecturer B

Faith Mutale, DNP, ANP-BC

Clinical Coordinator N6670

Lecturer B

Deborah, Becker, PhD, ACNP, BC, CHSE, FAAN

Program Director


Part-time tuition costs:

Contact Information

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