Study Reference List
A list of representative study resources is available to prepare for the ONC exam. Click here to download the study reference list.
ONC Prep Products
ONCB prep products are a great way to prepare for the ONC exam.
Online Practice Exams: Five online practice exam modules are available, each with 50 questions: general exam content, metabolic and inflammatory diseases,/peds-congenital/neuromuscular content, degenerative disease and sports injuries/trauma. Practice exams are offered only as a self-assessment and examination preparation aid; their completion is not required to be eligible to take the ONC examination, and does not guarantee successful performance on the examination. Questions on the practice exams do not appear on the certification examination.
E-Flashcards: Each set of 50 e-flashcards is like a tiny textbook to help focus your study. Each page contains a prompt written in the same style as the live exam and provides analysis and the reference. Two sets are available covering Degenerative Disease/Sports Injuries and Metabolic Conditions/Orthopaedic Trauma. This is a valuable addition to the ONC practice exam modules.
Practice exams and e-Flashcards are available from ONCB’s Exam Prep Products page.
About Examination Preparation Products
ONCB has no association with commercial vendors of examination preparation products and does not endorse those products; any vendors’ claims to knowledge of the examinations are false. A commercial vendor’s use of ONCB’s registered marks (ONC and ONP-C) does not indicate ONCB endorsement of its products.
Contact an ONCB Ambassador
ONCB Ambassadors also can be a great source of study tips. Click here to find an Ambassador in your state.
Form a Study Group
A study group offers an excellent, interactive opportunity for learning. You may also find that preparing with colleagues reduces any test anxiety. Your study group can be of any size, as small as two and as large as seems manageable. With advances in technology, your group members don’t even have to be close to each other geographically. Email and conference calls can offer great study opportunities.
The first step in forming a group is to identify colleagues who plan to sit for the examination. Talk with NAON chapter members or other orthopaedic nurses in your practice area. You can also post a message on the NAON Member Forum.
Make the Most of Independent Study
- Identify a list of topics you need to cover during your course of study.
- Collect professional resources to use as study aids. Suggested content is available from ONCB’s Exam Study Resource List.
- Use ONCB’s practice exams to test your knowledge and experience the computer environment for the certification examination.
- Establish your timeline for review of these topics. You may find it beneficial to set aside a specific time and day to study each week.
- Find an area to study where you will not be disturbed or distracted easily. You may want to keep a pad of paper nearby to jot down some brief notes, but copious note taking should not be needed.
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Interested in a Review Course?
NAON offers study resources for all exams. Review courses are offered at the Annual Congress and can be scheduled for other locations/dates. Information about NAON prep products and review courses can be obtained through the NAON web site.
ONCB Offers Re-Test Discount
Any nurse not registered through “Retest for Success” is eligible for a $50 retest discount with any future examination after exam failure. The discount will be applied automatically when the candidate logs in to Scantron’s online application portal, Connect, to reapply for the examination. The candidate does not need to create a new application unless more than 366 days have passed since the original application was completed.