Oncology Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate

The Department of Doctoral Studies offers two doctoral programs, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

The oncology nurse practitioner predoctoral fellowship program is designed for licensed nurse practitioners interested in providing high-quality care across the illness span to cancer patients and their families. To maximize survivorship and minimize distress, candidates are prepared to address the unique physiologic and psychosocial needs of cancer patients across the illness span in a program that emphasizes screening, surveillance, diagnosing, staging, and team-building. The curriculum is based on Oncology Nursing Society competencies, and students participate in 540 hours of supervised direct patient care experiences in multiple specialty services at a comprehensive cancer care center. Candidates enrolled in Azusa Pacific’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program may apply these hours toward the residency requirement and may petition to apply didactic units toward the specialty courses. Candidates for the certificate meet the eligibility criteria for the Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner examination offered by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation.


  • Master’s degree in nursing that includes advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and advanced health assessment.
  • Experience in oncology nursing.
  • Current California nurse practitioner license.


GNRS 630AOncology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship A4
GNRS 630BOncology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship B4
GNRS 630COncology Nurse Practitioner Fellowship C4
GNRS 631ONP: Cancer Biology and Assessment2
GNRS 632ONP: Cancer Therapeutics2
GNRS 633ONP: Symptom and Side Effect Burden2
GNRS 634ONP: Survivorship and the Psychosocial Impact of Cancer2
GNRS 635ONP: Team-Based Care and the Role of the Oncology Nurse Practitioner2
GNRS 636ONP: Clinical Trials in Oncology Nursing2
Total Units24


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Articulate a Christian worldview, demonstrating respect for the dignity and uniqueness of others, valuing diversity, and applying spiritual concepts.
  2. Engage in scholarly inquiry and critical thinking, including evaluation and application of evidence-based research.
  3. Appraise and apply knowledge to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that promote health and prevent disease.
  4. Demonstrate thoughtful analysis of the legal, political, ethical, and/or financial factors impacting healthcare.
  5. Use information systems and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, promote, quality, mitigate error and support decision making.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to coordinate and collaborate with other health care team professionals.
  7. Engage in clinical reasoning, effective communication, and act as a change agent to develop professional identity and practice skill.