ONS currently charges for online education opportunities, unless they are underwritten by an unrestricted educational grant. ONS tries to keep the cost of the educational opportunities at a minimum to cover the administrative fees involved in developing and maintaining the programs. As an accredited provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation and the California Board of Registered Nursing, ONS also is required to keep detailed records of each event, monitor the quality of the programs, and pay fees to maintain its provider status through ANCC.
A goal of ONS is to keep membership dues as low as possible; therefore ONS must rely on other opportunities to continue to support the organization. One way this is accomplished is through the offering of educational activities at minimal costs to cover the expenses of the programs without raising ONS dues.