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Oncology Specialty


9 credit hours
Specialty course sequence begins in fall semester only

The oncology specialty offers students the opportunity to become expert clinicians in the care of individuals with cancer. The updated curriculum is based on the Oncology Nursing Society Scope and Standards for Advanced Practice in Oncology Nursing that incorporates the latest evidence based knowledge in the field. The student is completes as a synthesis a final clinical experience under the mentorship of an expert clinician in an oncology specialty.


  • NUR 811: Advanced Practice Nursing: Oncology Specialty I (Fall only)
  • NUR 812: Advanced Practice Nursing: Oncology Specialty II (Spring only)
  • NUR 815: Advanced Practice Nursing in Oncology Specialty Synthesis

How to Enroll

Duke University School of Nursing students interested in adding this specialty to their academic plan must complete the Add a Specialty Form. This form must be submitted to the MSN Program Office via email (sonā€ at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester.

Nurse practitioners with an MSN degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution and nurse practitioner students from other regionally accredited colleges or universities interested in earning a certificate in this specialty should follow instructions for the Specialty Certificate application. Enrollment decisions are made by the lead faculty of the specialty based on space availability.

Employment Preparation

Coursework and clinical experiences prepare graduates to practice as Oncology Nurse Practitioners. Our graduates practice in a variety of cancer care settings across the United States. The specialty courses provide the foundation for an additional specialty certification as an Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Curriculum includes three specific oncology courses integrated within the Nurse Practitioner major
  • Didactic content includes concepts of cancer prevention, cancer epidemiology/pathophysiology, disease treatment, symptom management, palliative care and survivorship
  • Opportunities for clinical experiences with expert Oncology Nurse Practitioners at the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center, ranked best cancer center in the southeast
  • Provides 224 clinical hours in oncology in settings such as Stem Cell Transplant, Inpatient Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Brain Tumor Center, Outpatient Clinics, and Survivorship Clinics

Learn more about our curriculum.