Adult Oncology Specialist, Minor

Our Adult Oncology Specialty Minor is designed for graduate nursing students who desire advanced training in oncology nursing from the top researchers and clinicians in the country.

Our faculty have extensive experience in oncology nursing. You’ll interact with nationally recognized scientists and clinicians in the field of cancer care from the School of Nursing and the University of Pennsylvania Health System’s Abramson Cancer Center.  You are required to complete three courses, the last of which includes 240 clinical hours. These hours can be applied to meet the clinical hour requirements for certification. Students in the Health Leadership or Nursing administrative programs can choose to complete NURS 697 which offers content related to administering oncology programs in the health care setting.

Courses are online with synchronous and asynchronous components. In addition, students will meet on campus once per semester (2 days in the fall and 2 days in the spring) for seminars, high-fidelity simulations, and networking with experts in the field of oncology and nursing.


A total of 3 course units are required. We also provide a sample plan of study for students.

Theory Courses
NURS 6640Advanced Practice Nursing for Oncology Care1
NURS 6660Effects of Cancer and Cancer Therapy1
Clinical Courses
NURS 6670Oncology Practice: Assessment, Diagnosis, & Cancer Management 11
or NURS 6970 Leadership in Advanced Oncology Nursing Practice

NURS 6970 is an option only for students in the Health Leadership or Nursing Administration MSN Programs who are pursuing the Oncology Specialist minor.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.