Advanced practitioners are playing an increasing role in oncology as the demand for team-based care increases. With the growing number of advanced practitioners joining oncology practices comes the increased need for training materials that are specifically tailored to this group. To meet this need, ASCO University®—ASCO’s home for lifelong learning—has collaborated with the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO), the Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO), and the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) to create a series of certificate programs for advanced practitioners. These Advanced Practitioner Oncology Certificate Programs will become available in March 2016.
Dr. Stephanie Williams
This partnership among ASCO, APAO, APSHO, and HOPA in creating the program enabled a thorough discussion and identification of areas to be addressed, resulting in an interprofessional program that reflects the wide variety of needs that are applicable to advanced practitioners.
Ms. Pamela Viale
The series includes three certificate programs: the 101 and 102 certificates, aimed for newly graduated advanced practitioners or those new to oncology practice, and the advanced 201 certificate, aimed for those with some familiarity in an oncology practice.
The ASCO University Advanced Practitioners Certificate Programs will replace ASCO’s Curricula for Advanced Practice Practitioners (ACAPP™). In creating these new programs, the cosponsors reviewed existing ACAPP content and identified areas for update and addition. This resulted in the creation of many new courses, such as Supportive Care and Treatment-Related Toxicities (both will be available later this year), as well as updates to courses, such as Survivorship and Chemotherapy Administration and Pharmacology (the updated version will be available in April 2016).
Mr. Todd Pickard
Each certificate program includes roughly 10 courses (see the Table for example courses from each certificate program). At the end of each course, there is a posttest that helps gauge comprehension. These courses can be taken for continuing medical education, nursing, and/or pharmacy credit.
Ms. Michelle Rockey
Bulk discounts of 15% are available for practices purchasing eight or more certificate programs for their employees. Members of any of the cosponsoring organizations receive an additional 20% discount. For more information on the program, please email email@example.com or visit ASCO University.
Continuing education credit is awarded by Meniscus Educational Institute (provider of nursing education credit, accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center), HOPA (provider of continuing pharmacy education credit, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education), and ASCO (provider of CME credit, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education).
|Basics 101||Basics 102||Advanced 201|
|Supportive Care||Pain Management||Immuno-Oncology|
Common Anti-Cancer Therapies
|Radiation Oncology Primer||Cancer Genetics|
|Chemo Administration||Survivorship||Tumor Genomics|
|Pharmacology||Screening and Prevention||Team-Based Care|
|ASCO-SEP® resources can be added to any track, and all courses offer CME, nursing, and pharmacy credit.|