Maintaining Chemotherapy Competency

The Chemotherapy Competency Maintenance Course (CCMC) is a self-paced course that is designed for nurses who have already completed the Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy (PSCB) course.

The CCMC course is much shorter than the PSCB course and reviews core competencies in the assessment, order verification process, administration and safe handling, as well as the management of adverse events and toxicities, and nursing management of oral chemotherapy.

Furthermore, Cancer Care Ontario recommendations released in the past 12 months, new updates and new therapies are highlighted. In order to assist the knowledge application in practice, CCMC includes several reflective practice tools which are consistent with the College of Nurses of Ontario’s annual Quality Assurance Program and CANO/ACIO standards.  Nurses can use these tools for the annual portfolio submission to the college, and for organization based performance review or professional development measures.

By taking the CCMC course, nurses will demonstrate that they have kept up to date with the latest treatment guidelines and directives from Cancer Care Ontario.

Cancer Care Ontario and de Souza Institute recommend that following the initial PSCB course nurses should pass the CCMC course every 12 to 18 months.

Nurses who wait longer than 18 months from the initial PSCB completion or last successful CCMC completion will not be accepted into the CCMC course. Instead, they will be asked to re-take the full PSCB course to attain the knowledge necessary for the safe and effective delivery of chemotherapy and biotherapy intervention.