Preparing for the CPHON® Exam: eLearning Case Studies

Welcome to Preparing for the CPHON® Exam: eLearning Case Studies

This resource has been developed to be used together with the Essentials of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing: A Core Curriculum, 4th Edition. This program includes eight modules that start with a set of reading assignments. After reading the assignments, participants review case studies and practice answering questions. At the end of the program, participants can take a scored practice post-test and review their correct and incorrect answers to continuously improve their score and confidence level.

The first module reviews basic content about cancer and provides advice about how to prepare for the CPHON® exam and strategies that can be used while taking the test. The other seven modules each focus a particular type of cancer. These modules provide:

  • Case studies about children who had that type of cancer
  • Questions about that cancer type interspersed within the case studies
  • Plus additional practice questions about each cancer type!

Module List

  1. Introduction and Oncology & Hematology Basics
  2. Leukemia Cases
  3. Lymphoma Cases
  4. Brain Tumor Case
  5. Neuroblastoma Cases
  6. Solid Tumor Cases
  7. Sickle Cell Disease
  8. Other Hematology Cases

At the end of the program, there is a post-test that you can take as many times as you want, and evaluation.

Disclaimer: ONCC does not develop, provide, sponsor, or endorse any review courses. Participation in a review course is not required to apply for or take an ONCC certification examination. Participation in a review course does not guarantee a passing score on an ONCC certification examination.

Target Audience Description

The target audience for this course is the same as the target audience for the CPHON® certification. For more information, go to

15 hours, including 7 to 8 hours of reading assignments

Learning Objectives

The Learning Objectives for this program are the based on the CPHON® test blueprint, with the addition of a test-taking strategy objective at the end of this list. For more information about the test content outline, see

For pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients, nurses will be able to:

  • Describe aspects of psychosocial adaptation and health maintenance of the patient and family during the acute/chronic disease process
  • Identify the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for oncologic disorders
  • Identify the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for hematologic disorders
  • Recognize and anticipate late effects and survivorship issues associated with treatment for oncologic and hematologic disorders
  • Evaluate the classifications of chemotherapeutic agents and their mechanisms of action
  • Describe administration guidelines, monitoring and precautions for antineoplastic chemotherapeutic and biotherapeutic agents.
  • Identify supportive care interventions related to side effects and toxicities of therapy
  • Recognize and anticipate hematologic and oncologic emergencies and important nursing interventions for each
  • Describe the philosophy, core concepts, and challenges of palliative and end of life care
  • Utilize best practices for studying and test-taking

Learning Outcome

The learner will incorporate evidenced-based practices in the care of children, adolescents and young adults with hematologic or oncologic disorders.

The measurement of these outcomes will be evidenced by post testing and evaluations.

CNE Accreditation

Participants will be awarded 15 CNE contact hours by meeting the following criteria:

  • View every page in each module (including the questions in the modules)
  • Take the program post-test (passing score =80%)
  • Complete the end of program evaluation

Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses (APHON) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationship(s)

All individuals in a position to control the content of this educational activity report no conflict of interest.

ONCC Disclaimer and ILNA Coding

The program content has been reviewed by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) and is acceptable for recertification points.
8 ILNA points in Care of the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Patient

  • 8 ILNA points in Disease-Related Biology
  • 5 ILNA points in Health Promotion/Screening and Early Detection
  • 7 ILNA points in Oncologic Emergencies
  • 8 ILNA points in Professional Practice
  • 5 ILNA points in Psychosocial
  • 7 ILNA points in Symptom Management

Total ILNA Points Available: 15

ONCC review is only for designating content to be used for recertification points and is not for nursing continuing professional development (NCPD) accreditation. NCPD programs must be formally approved for contact hours by an acceptable accreditor/approver of NCPD to be used for recertification by ONCC. If the NCPD provider fails to obtain formal approval to award contact hours by an acceptable accrediting/approval body, no information related to ONCC recertification may be used in relation to the program.

ONCC recently revised the process for ILNA coding to streamline the process and provide consistency across credentials as much as possible. Rather than coding courses for each credential, ONCC is now coding content that may apply across credentials and allow nurses to earn NCPD credit in broader categories. Any course or program that has been accredited for 4 NCPD or less can be applied in full, or split in any category that reasonably fits the content for which the nurse needs ILNA points.

The total amount of ILNA points claimed may not exceed the total amount of NCPD awarded from this course and may only apply to the credential each nurse is renewing. Please also note that Individual nurse’s learning plans are linked to the ONCC Test Blueprint for the certification they hold. The nurse will need to review the test blueprint to determine where the content fits.

Have questions regarding the CPHON®; or BMTCN®; ILNA Coding? Please visit the ONCC website or call them toll-free at 877.769.ONCC (US and Canada only)

Preparing for the CPHON Exam: eLearning Case Studies Project Team Members

Project Leader

Board Liaison
Dyane Bunnell, MSN RN AOCNS CPON®

Content Developers
Janet K. Cavitt, BSN RN CPON®
Colleen M. Nixon, MSN RN CPHON®
Carol Rossetto, CPNP CPON®
Anne Marie Sterk, MSN RN CPON®
Anthony Yost, CPHON®

Erin Friedman, BSN RN CPHON®
Mary Lynn Rae, MSN RN CPHON®
Kristin M. Belderson, DNP MS RN CPON®
Joan O’Hanlon Curry, MS RN CPNP CPON®

Not Enrolled

Course Includes

  • 8 Lessons
  • 2 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate