The Dermatology Nurses' Association
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DNC Certification

Certification is awarded to those who have successfully completed the certification process by meeting the eligibility criteria and passing a multiple choice written examination. The designated credential is Dermatology Nurse Certified (DNC).

Certification is valid for a period of three (3) years. Recertification may be attained through contact hours of continuing education credit or by examination.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to sit for the Dermatology Nurse Certified (DNC) exam, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum of 2 years of dermatology nursing experience as a RN
  • Hold a current and unrestricted license as a RN in the U.S. or Canada
  • Have a minimum of 2,000 hours of work experience in dermatology nursing within the past 2 years in a general staff, administrative, teaching or research capacity

Download the DNC certification application and exam brochure.

Examination Description

The dermatology nursing certification examination is based on a job analysis of dermatology nursing practice. The job analysis and the examination were developed with the assistance of the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET). The test consists of 175 multiple choice items, written within the framework of the nursing process. The examination is approximately 4 hours in length. Learn more.