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ONC® Certification


Through the ONC exam, ONCB advances the care of the orthopaedic patient and promotes excellence in specialty nursing practice by encouraging professional development and clinical practice. The ONC credential is recognized by your colleagues and employers as a mark of excellence. It shows you are educated, engaged, and committed to providing the highest quality care to your patients.

Why should you earn the ONC credential?

  1. Certification shows that you are committed to lifelong learning and that you have a high level of knowledge that contributes to effective patient care and safety.
  2. Certified nurses have increased confidence as excellent practitioners.
  3. Employers and patients recognize the value of certified nurses and demand highly trained nursing staff.
  4. Certification will continue to become more important among hospitals seeking MagnetTM designation.
  5. The need for certified nurses specifically trained in orthopaedics is growing as the general population ages and requires more health care services.

Stay a step ahead in your career by earning the ONC credential.

Certification Term

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.