Cancer Care Systemic Therapy Certification Course

Credential Earned

Registered Nurses with Chemotherapy Certification (RNCC)


  • 11 weeks


  • Independent, online learning
  • In-person skills and simulation lab day
  • Integrated clinical practice with a preceptor


Every attempt will be made to align lab date with learner/RN preference.  Available dates subject to change due to enrollment numbers for each lab. Tentative dates held in reserve to accommodate larger cohort sizes.

Spring: May 13, 2024–July 29, 2024 

  • Skills and simulation labs: July 4 and 5, July 12 (tentative)
  • Exam dates:  July 10, 15, 16, and 17 

Summer: June 24, 2024–September 8, 2024

  • Skills and simulation labs: August 15 and 16
  • Exam dates: August 19, 20, and 21

Fall: September 16, 2024–December 2, 2024

  • Skills and simulation labs: November 7 and 8, November 15 (tentative)
  • Exam dates: November 13, 18, 19, and 20

Registration Deadlines

Registration enquiries after the registration deadline can be forwared to Kate Heighton.

  • Fall: August 19, 2024


The Cancer Systemic Therapy Certification Course (CSTCC) has been tailored to the needs of oncology nurses in Nova Scotia to achieve the designation of Registered Nurse with Chemotherapy Certification (RNCC). This performance-based course is designed to meet learning needs of Registered Nurses working in nursing units that administer systemic therapy for cancer. This course provides the knowledge, skills, and performance requirements that RNs need to safely administer and respond to the complex care needs of cancer patients and their families.

This course uses content from the de Souza Institute’s Provincial Standardized Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course (PSCB), while incorporating Nova Scotia specific treatment and practice guidance for Registered Nurses working in systemic therapy treatment areas. At the completion of the course, RNs will be competent in the independent administration of cancer systemic therapy at the advanced beginner level and able to provide safe and effective interventions to cancer patients and their families as an RNCC.


  • Active-practicing RN license with the provincial regulator
  • Health Service Manager approval and support
  • Employment in a Nova Scotia Health nursing unit that administers systemic therapy for cancer


The CSTCC forms part of several pathways in the Specialized Oncology Nurse Transition to Practice Program. Please register for the pathway that aligns with your practice setting on on the TTP program page.

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The Nova Scotia Health Learning Institute for Health Care Providers offers education programming designed to meet the needs of learners across the province and strengthen our health care system. We are committed to delivering high-quality, evidence-informed programming that enables providers to develop and maintain foundational and specialty competencies.