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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®) designation for nurses in this advanced practice role. ONCB’s NP credential is value-added. It is 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 designation Orthopaedic Nurse Practitioner Certified (ONP-C) is restricted to advanced practice nurses holding current certification through the ONCB. Any nurse practitioner whose certification has expired may no longer use the letters ONP-C, and instead may apply for inactive or retired credentials in accordance with current ONCB policies.
Although ONCB no longer offers an examination for clinical nurse specialists, the designation Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist Certified (OCNS-C) still may be used by advanced practice nurses who previously passed the examination and have maintained the credential through continuing education. Any clinical nurse specialist whose certification has expired may no longer use the letters OCNS-C, and instead may apply for inactive or retired credentials in accordance with current ONCB policies.
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