ONCB offers two videos to review recertification requirements.
ONCB now accepts unlimited amounts of continuing medical education (CME) credit, as well as limited credit from approved providers of pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic trainer, and social work continuing education.
Below are detailed guidelines on the many types of professional activities that can be used to meet recertification requirements:
Every CE certificate should have a statement identifying the activity sponsor as an approved provider of continuing education in nursing, medicine, or the other accepted disciplines. An activity will not be accepted for recertification if the CE certificate does not have this statement.
A CE activity can be used only once during a 5-year certification term. This includes multiple presentations on the same content, or annually required CE courses (e.g., domestic violence) in the certificant’s state of licensure.
Contact hours for any one offering may not be split between one certification period and another certification period.
Credit is not given for basic life support (BLS) or BLS instructor courses.
Timeline for Earning CE for Recertification
With your initial certification, you may accrue contact hours from the day of testing. We award all new certificant holders 5 CEs for passing the exam. However, accrual of continuing education credit for the next 5-year recertification cycle begins after July 1, with certification expiring on June 30.
If the ONP-C/OCNS-C has more than the required 100 contact hours for recertification, the credits obtained earlier in the 5-year period should be used for recertification and hours received after January 1 saved for the next recertification cycle. If a nurse who uses the paper recertification application process plans to do this, however, he or she must also provide a copy of Forms A and B recorded for the prior recertification cycle so ONCB can verify that those credits were not used for earlier recertification. A nurse who uses LearningBuilder for recertification will have previously used continuing education stored in the system.
Forms A and B (available on “Forms” page of this web site) must be completed and submitted with all paper recertification applications. CE records maintained on LearningBuilder will be entered by Category A or B. All offerings must be transcribed from personal or hospital CE records to paper forms or LearningBuilder, and submitted with CE certificates as part of the audit process; portfolio listings are not accepted.