Nurse Navigator Certification

nurse-navigatorThis course is designed to provide the Registered Nurse with core knowledge for providing clinically competent care to the patient with cancer and his/her family.  The curriculum will include cancer biology, prevention and screening methods, treatment options, palliative/end of life care, and financial resources. The Cancer Care Nurse Navigator will receive instruction in cancer patient education, advocacy, resource utilization and support, throughout the cancer care trajectory.   A holistic approach will be used to assist the student to teach the patient and family how to navigate for quality cancer care and services throughout the continuum; to address spiritual, psychosocial, and emotional support needs brought on by the diagnosis of cancer; serve as a navigator for home health and hospice care; and work with Medicare, Medicaid, and other payers to meet financial obligations arising during cancer care.

Enroll in this course


Acceptance into the Cancer Care Nurse Navigator Program,  RN with at least 1 year of nursing experience.

Educational Credits:


Teaching Personnel:

  • Mary M. Gullatte, PhD, RN, APRN, BC, AOCN
  • Laura Hurt, RN, MHA, CNAA, BC
  • Kathleen Gamblin, RN
  • Apryl Lewis, RN
  • Anne White, MD
  • Sheryl Gabrahm, MD
  • Tammy Quest, MD
  • Matthew Mumber, MD
  • Janice Edenfield, MBA, LPN
  • Wanda Jones, RN
  • Joan Giblin, RN, MSN, ANP, AOCN

Faculty Objective:

To help the Registered Nurse student utilize critical thinking skills in providing care for and assisting the oncology
patient and family navigate care throughout the cancer care continuum. This will be accomplished though multi-modality
teaching methods to enhance the student learning experience, including distance learning.


  1. Differentiate and analyze the cancerous and treatment processes that alter primary system function related to hematologic, integumentary, gastrointestinal, renal, and neurologic.
  2. Utilize assessment data to generate appropriate nursing interventions and navigation support for the cancer patient and family.
  3. Evaluate patient and family responses to integrated treatment and modalities and education.
  4. Utilize core knowledge of cancer treatment and resource utilization to affect best outcomes for the cancer patient and family.
  5. Develop CCNNs to conduct education programs within the community.

Course Objectives:

  1. Examine the principles of cancer prevention, screening, and detection.
  2. Explain the major modalities for cancer including complimentary and integrative therapies.
  3. Identify common cancer care and support services.
  4. Formulate a plan to facilitate cancer care through the continuum.
  5. Provide education and support to cancer patients and families to guide them in making informed cancer care decisions, including participation in clinical trials and genetic counseling.
  6. Discuss the role of the CCNN in collaboration with other cancer professionals.
  7. Recommend cancer care public education resources available to provide linguistically and literacy appropriate patient and community education.
  8. Demonstrate competency in teaching  patient advocacy skills
  9. Utilize screening and assessment tools to aid in the identification of immediate and future needs of the cancer patient and family.
  10. Develop a teaching plan for patients and families relative to risk assessment.

Program Requirements:

  1. Registration: Blue Ridge AHEC (706-235-0776 x210),
  2. Attendance and Participation: The RN student is required to view all program lectures.
  3. Completion of Assigned Reading: Articles, book chapters, and internet assignments are listed throughout the program curriculum.  Students are expected to read assigned materials prior to taking module exams.
  4. Testing: There will be an exam associated with each module reflecting attainment of knowledge of materials presented in lectures and in assigned readings. An exam score of 85% is required for passing each module. Passing every module is required for successful completion of the course and certification.

Required Textbooks:

The following textbooks are necessary in order to complete course reading assignments.  They may be purchased from

  1. American Cancer Society (2004). A Cancer Sourcebook for Nurses; Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Sudbury, Massachusetts  (ISBN 0763732761)
  2. Gullatte, M. (2007). Clinical Guide to Antineoplastic Therapy: A Chemotherapy Handbook; Oncology Nursing Society Press (ISBN 9781890504687)
  3. American Cancer Society (2001). Social Work in Oncology: Supporting Survivors, Families, and Caregivers;  ACS Atlanta, Georgia (ISBN 0944235301)