The Breast Patient Navigator Certication has been developed to set standards of achievement and the professional’s role; enhance patient safety; improve the quality of care and delivery of services; and recognize professionals who advance beyond basic knowledge in a eld of specialty. The Breast Patient Navigator Certication validates the medical professional’s knowledge and performance standards through testing.
The optional navigation presentation oered on Saturday at the National Conference does not teach the knowledge needed to pass the certication exam. Program content is designed to provide refresher to the knowledge already possessed by the medical professional. The certication program provides individuals with a valuable reference and information binder/thumb drive, membership in a network of peers, the ability to exchange experiences with other navigators, and the opportunity to participate in case study analysis with other medical professionals. Those seeking certication should self-study. Skills and knowledge acquired through college education, continuing education and professiona l performance should be enhanced through self-study using the reading references suggested. Answers to the tests are based on national standards as noted in the reference section of the binder/thumb drive.
To be eligible to sit for the certication examination:
The individual must be:
1) a licensed medical professional and hold a valid medical license as a physician, nurse, radiologic technologist or social worker OR
2) a certied medical professional and hold a valid certication as a physician assistant, radiologic technologist, radiology practitioner assistant, social worker or advanced practice nurse OR
3) master level prepared in a health related eld; and
The individual must navigate breast patients a minimum of 50% of his/her work time OR have navigated breast patients for a minimum of 1000 hours of his/her work time.
It is highly recommended that individuals have a minimum of at least two years navigating breast patients.
Each registrant will be provided reference information that includes the Breast Patient Navigation Matrix, description of skills and knowledge for each navigation stage, sample job descriptions and supplemental reading material references. Two hours are allowed for each 100 question multiplechoice examination with a ½ hour break between examinations. Certications are awarded within two weeks of the examination.
Certications are achieved by attaining a minimum score of
80% on the imaging examination to be certied as a Breast Patient Navigator in Imaging (CBPN-I) or
80% on the cancer examination to be certied as a Breast Patient Navigator in Cancer (CBPN-C) or
80% on both the imaging and cancer examinations to be certied as a Breast Patient Navigator in Imaging and Cancer (CBPN-IC).
Certications are lifetime certications with annual renewal requirements. At this time, more than 775 individuals have attained one of the three Breast Patient Navigator Certications.
Chair: Cathy Cole, RNC, NP, MPH, CHES, CBEC
Belinda Zaparinuk, RT(M), BS, CBEC; Julie Schnieders, MSN, NP, CBEC;
Susan Health, FNP-BC, CBEC; Debora Wright, RT(M), CBEC;
Eleanor Broaddus, RN, CBPN-IC
Saturday, March 15, 2014: 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, March 16, 2016: 6:00 AM - 1:00 PM
CBE® certification is a process by which a licensed breast health care provider’s knowledge, skills and performance are validated by a set of rigorous NCBC standards. The purpose is to assure the public that the certified licensed breast health care provider has completed the NCBC CBE® program and has met minimum knowledge and performance standards by recognizing the individual who has met these standards. Candidates who pass the CBEC® may use the mark CBEC® to verify they have met all eligibility and testing requirements.
This one and a half day program is designed to utilize Clinical Breast Examination Skills to accomplish a CBE’s Paramount Objective, the detection of any palpable breast mass, as another early detection tool to ultimately reduce breast cancer deaths. This is accomplished through a didactic review of Core Breast Knowledge, BSE Technique, Breast Oriented History, Breast Imaging, Diagnostic Procedures with Breast Pathology, Follow-up Recommendations and Risk Management. The didactic component of the program is followed by a full half day of demonstration and practicum on performing a Clinical Breast Examination. Patient models, students and instructors will interface in live scenarios to experience issues and challenges in performing clinical breast exams. This is a validation and certication program of the individual’s current skills, and not designed to teach an individual who has not performed Clinical Breast Examinations.
Each student will receive resource materials that outline the major concepts that will be highlighted during the program and information that will be on the testing units. Also included in the resource materials are supplemental reading materials as well as a vocabulary list to assist in the understanding of program material. All test information is included in the resource material. Following Clinical Breast Examination performance review, students will be evaluated on their core knowledge, ability to perform a Clinical Breast Examination with a mock patient situation setting and their tactile skills regarding lump detection. A score of 85% or better must be achieved on the didactic written exam, the performance observation exam and tactile testing in order to pass the program and receive certication.
This program is available to licensed healthcare professionals (physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and radiologic technologists). It is mandatory that individuals be actively performing clinical breast examinations as part of their ongoing job responsibilities. Although this program will provide core knowledge and review performance and tactile skills, this CBE Certification Program is not designed as an entry level or introductory course for practitioners interested in learning basic CBE skills. This CBE Certification Program is designed for practitioners seeking CBE Certifi cation as validation of their mastery of the breast health knowledge and CBE skills.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
1:00 - 4:30 PM
This program awards medical professionals with a BSE Trainer Certification. Certified BSE Trainers are medical professionals who have tested and shown they possess the knowledge and skills to provide BSE instruction. This certification allows the Certified BSE Trainer to teach and certify educator leaders who will teach patients how to perform a BSE. Plus, the Certified BSE Trainer may directly teach patients. Certified individuals will have attained an 80% on the examinations which include didactic, tactile, and verbal skills.
This program will include comprehensive didactic sessions for Core Breast Knowledge and BSE Skills followed by a workshop session for tactile BSE skills and verbal BSE presentations. It will also identify the next steps for securing the training and skills necessary toobtain NCBC CBE Certification. Upon successful completion of this program certified medical professionals will receive a NCBC BSE Instructor's Certificate. Manuals to assistin training educator leaders and patients are available to those who successfully complete the program and attain certification. Re-certification is attained annually through submission of training data.