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Stay a step ahead in your career by earning an APN orthopaedic credential.
Your certification is valid for five (5) years. You can recertify by retaking and passing the certification examination or by meeting continuing education and practice requirements.
ONCB® offers the Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner – Certified (ONP-C®) and Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist – Certified (OCNS-C®) designations for nurses in these advanced practice roles.
ONCB’s APN credentials are value-added. They are not accepted for basic APN licensure in any state, but can be earned to demonstrate specialty expertise after a candidate has met the experience eligibility requirement.
Use of the designations Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner Certified (ONP-C) and Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist Certified (OCNS-C) is restricted to advanced practice nurses holding current certification through the ONCB. Any advanced practice nurse whose certification has expired may no longer use the letters ONP-C or OCNS-C and may instead apply for inactive or retired credentials in accordance with current ONCB policies.
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