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A certification program in blood and marrow transplantation (BMT) nursing is being offered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC), with the first Blood and Marrow Transplantation Certified Nurse Examination scheduled for February 2014. Nurses who pass the test will earn the credential BMTCN.

Although eligibility criteria for BMTCN certification have not been finalized, candidates will likely require an RN license as well as recent practice and continuing education in this specialty. The exam will cover autologous and allogeneic transplantation in adult and pediatric patients, according to a statement from the ONCC. 

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“Over the next year, we will invite nurses in the specialty to participate in test development, item writing, and passing-score activities,” announced Cyndi Miller Murphy, MSN, RN, CAE, the executive director of ONCC. “Their expertise will help to ensure the content validity of this certification.”

The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1984; it offers certification programs in adult oncology nursing, pediatric hematology/oncology nursing, and breast care nursing. ONA