de Souza Institute
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CNA Oncology Exam Study Group (COES03JAN20)


Samantha Scime

The de Souza Oncology Study Group is a preparatory program to assist independent adult learners preparing to write the CNA Oncology Certification Exam. By choosing to complete your oncology specialty certification, you are building on your foundational nursing knowledge from registration, and on your clinical experience within oncology. Within this course you will examine, critically consider and apply the theories and concepts outlined in the CNA Oncology exam blueprint. The exam blueprint outlines the core oncology competencies of an oncology nurse with at least two years of experience in the specialty.

The course is self-directed and self-paced. It has been divided up into modules based on the CNA oncology competencies. The CNA (2009) competency categories are as follows:

  • Prevention, Early Detection and Screening
  • Diagnosis and Staging of Cancer
  • Knowledge of Cancer Diseases
  • Treatment Modalities
  • Symptom and Treatment Management
  • Supportive Care
  • Continuity of Care

Modular content and activities will be weighted according to the CNA exam competency weighting – with a greater focus on competency areas three, four, and five. Participants are encouraged to self-pace their study time, based on their experience, knowledge gaps, and based on exam weighting of the content area. Additional supplemental activities are provided for learners including tools to set up a cooperative study group.

Visit the CNA website for more information on CNA oncology competency areas.


CNA and the de Souza Institute are offering a special package of savings to CNA members seeking certification in Oncology or Hospice Palliative Care. For more informationclick hereSpecial pricing/ discounts cannot be combined.


You will NOT be eligible to apply for special pricing after you have already registered.


Course Syllabus

Course Objectives

  • Provide learners with a comprehensive study group based on the CNA Oncology Certification Exam Blueprint to support their preparation to write the national certification exam.

Course Requirements

  • At least 3 hours learning each week completing recommended readings, developing study notes and reviewing posted content on the eLearning system
  • At least 1 hours per week completing tests/quizzes
  • Unit readings 
  • Learner's goal should be to complete 2 units per week 

When: The study group begins on January 13, 2020 and runs until May 11, 2020. The face-to-face symposium and the symposium day via GoToMeeting will take place TBD from 9am to 1pm EST.  The CNA Oncology Certification Exam is written annually in the spring and fall. To register for the 2020 CNA Oncology exam, please visit the CNA website.

Course Syllabus: To view the course syllabus, please click HERE 


Registered Nurses who are studying for the CNA Oncology Certification Exam

Credits: Participating in this study group does not count as a de Souza Designation course credit. It is however, a requirement to pass the CNA certification exam to achieve the Designation of de Souza Nurse or de Souza APN.


Payment must be received by March 3, 2020. For more information, please visit our Cancellation & No Show Policy.

Participants can pay for this course through ePortfolio by MasterCard or Visa, or send a cheque to:

de Souza Institute
700 Bay Street
Suite 1903
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z6


Last Day to Register
Mar 3, 2020
Course Starts
Jan 13, 2020
Fee (CAD)

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Course Ends
May 18, 2020
Learning Hours
de Souza Designation Credits
0 credit under Getting Started

Participants must be writing the CNA Oncology Exam in 2020.