The Dermatology Nurses' Association
Nurses serving nurses for more than 30 years!

Lapse of NP Certifications for DCNP Nurses

This article is to clear up some questions that have come up affecting your professional credentials and licensure in relationship to the Nurse Practitioner certification exam. We want to emphasize that sitting for the Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DC-NP) exam does not and will not replace the national certification you hold as a Nurse Practitioner. You must maintain your certification as a Family, Adult, Pediatric or Geriatric Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and /or the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in order to continue to practice as a Nurse Practitioner as required by applicable state law. You must not let those certifications lapse or you will have to retake those exams. The failure to continue your separate Nurse Practitioner status with ANCC or AANP could lead to your losing the right to practice certain aspects of health care treatment permitted to Nurse Practitioners. The DC-NP is an additional credential to the Nurse Practitioner certification, but does not replace it.

In addition, we want to let you know that the process for the DC-NP exam to become an accredited exam by the American Board of Nursing Specialties cannot begin until the exam has been in place for one year. DNCB will apply for that status when permitted and will advise you when DNCB has received accreditation. Until that time, the exam will continue to be recognized and endorsed by the Dermatology Nurses Association.

Please feel free to contact me for any questions or concerns at or through the home office at:
Dermatology Nursing Certification Board (DNCB)
1120 Route 73, Suite 200
Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054
Attn: Deanna Bright, DNCB Adminstrative Coordinator

Leslie Plauntz, RN, BA, DNC
President, Dermatology Nursing Certification Board