The Dermatology Nurses' Association
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DCNP Certification

Designation of 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 Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP).

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

Article regarding the Lapse of NP Certifications for DCNP Nurses

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Masters degree in nursing

  • Current NP state licensure

  • National certification as a NP

  • Minimum of 3,000 hours of dermatology NP practice (hours obtained from a formal dermatology NP academic program count towards the 3,000 hours)

Download the DCNP certification application and exam brochure.

If you have an appeal to one of the eligibility criteria please clearly specify which criteria you are appealing in writing to the Dermatology Nurse Certification Board before your application is submitted to C-NET. Once you have received the answer from the DNCB, you may then submit your application to C-NET.

Please do not submit your application for the exam until you have received in writing that your appeal has been granted.