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What Is AONN+ Certification?

AONN+ has established its Oncology Nurse Navigator–Certified Generalist (ONN-CG) and Oncology Patient Navigator–Certified Generalist (OPN-CG) certifications for professionals in these respective professional fields. AONN+ created these certifications in response to requests from our membership. The educational criteria and curriculum were developed by the AONN+ Certification Task Force made up of experienced leaders within both navigator fields.

The certification exams are currently given twice a year: in the spring at the regional meeting and in the fall at the annual conference. The 2017 West Coast Regional Meeting is going to be held in Phoenix on April 27-29, and the AONN+ Annual Conference is going to be held in Orlando on November 16-19.

Why Should I Get My AONN+ Certification?

AONN+ certification is unique to the field of navigation. Your AONN+ certification will provide you with credentials and knowledge that can help you with patient care and career development.

With certification, you gain:

  • Knowledge and expertise derived from a navigation-specific formalized testing curriculum and process
  • Patient treatment optimization with increased awareness of care options
  • Opportunities for career enhancement with prospective promotions and financial incentives
  • Recognition and respect from industry organizations, institutional leadership, peers, and patients as an integral member of the multidisciplinary oncology team

Last week I received my notice from AONN+ that I passed the first certification exam for Oncology Nurse Navigator Certified Generalist (ONN-CG). I immediately added this to my signature line and smiled – a lot! When I look at this new addition I know it doesn’t automatically make me a better Nurse Navigator, rather it inspires me to uphold the standards (and knowledge) expressed and queried in this first national exam and I feel a true fellowship to navigators all across the country. I am grateful to AONN+ and those who assiduously constructed this exam to provide a tangible national standard for us to aspire to as we each guide our patients and loved ones through the formidable labyrinth of their cancer diagnosis and treatment.  

—Penny Daugherty, RN, MS, OCN, ONN-GC

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, Atlanta, GA


If you’re a nurse navigator, you’re working in this great field, we have to be certified. We have to show that we have unity, that we have a purpose, that there is a mission, and AONN+ does that for us.  

—Lisa Whitaker, RN, MSN, Thoracic Nurse Navigator


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For more information about navigation certification, please contact info@aonnonline.org.