|For Immediate Release:||24 October 2007|
Mary Beth Mohn
ONCC and Pearson VUE Sign Exclusive Testing Agreement
BLOOMINGTON, Minn., October 24, 2007 — Pearson VUE, the electronic certification and licensure testing business of Pearson, announced today that it has signed an exclusive multi-year contract with Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) to provide test development and test delivery services for ONCC’s certification programs. ONCC will be transitioning its entire certification program, including international paper-and-pencil testing, to computer-based testing beginning January 2, 2008. ONCC certification exams will be delivered in the Pearson VUE-owned and -operated network of over 200 Pearson Professional Centers in the United States and its territories, as well as selected international sites.
The Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC) is a non-profit organization that promotes and provides oncology nursing certification for the enhancement of patient care and professional practice. ONCC offers five certification credentials, including the Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®), Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON®), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse (AOCN®), Advanced Oncology Certified Nurse Practitioner (AOCNP®) and Advanced Oncology Certified Clinical Nurse Specialist (AOCNS®). All ONCC certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).
“ONCC is looking forward to partnering with Pearson VUE,” said Cyndi Miller-Murphy, executive director, ONCC. “We are very confident that Pearson VUE will meet our high standards for test development and delivery while providing superior test administration services to our candidates.”
“We are very pleased that ONCC has chosen Pearson VUE,” said Robert Whelan, president of Pearson VUE. “ONCC was looking for a test development and delivery partner to enhance the security of its certification programs, provide exceptional customer service and support its global expansion. Our Pearson Professional Centers will give ONCC the global access and security they require while providing a professional testing experience for candidates.”
About Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE (www.pearsonvue.com) is the global leader in electronic testing for regulatory and certification boards, providing a full suite of services from test development to test delivery to data management. Pearson VUE offers exams through the world’s largest network of test centers in 162 countries, providing testing services for information technology, academic, government and professional clients. Pearson VUE acquired the former Promissor in 2006, thereby extending its leadership in the certification market. The company’s innovative technology offers the highest levels of security and program control, while its commitment to service provides clients and individual test takers with an unmatched testing experience.
Pearson VUE is a business of Pearson (NYSE: PSO; LSE: PSON), the international media company, whose businesses include the Financial Times Group, Pearson Education and the Penguin Group.
Founded in 1984, ONCC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and provide oncology nursing certification for the enhancement of patient care and professional practice. ONCC, an affiliated organization of the Oncology Nursing Society, administers and evaluates programs for certification in oncology nursing.