Dermatology Nurse Certified (DNC) and Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) designations are provided by the Dermatology Nursing Certification Board. The DNCB is separately incorporated from the DNA. These certification pages are maintained by the DNCB.

Why Certification?

Certification provides an added credential beyond licensure and demonstrates by examination that the Registered Nurse or Nurse Practitioner has acquired a core body of specialized knowledge and adheres to specialized nursing standards. It assures consumer protection and confers peer and public recognition to those individuals who prove proficient in their practice.

Read a Position Statement on the Value of Specialty Nursing Certification from the American Board of Nursing Specialties (ABNS)

The National Certification Corporation (NCC) has launched their “Just Ask” for Certified Nurses campaign to educate the public about the importance of requesting certified nurses.  Please see the NCC website for more information.

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 credentials are

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Please click here for answers to some of the questions most commonly asked about dermatology certification.

Retired Credential

As of May 2009, the DNCB will be offering a retired credential. DNC’s or DCNP’s who have retired from the profession may select the retired status. The one-time retirement fee is $75. The “retired credential” individual would be required to provide evidence of continuing education credits in order to reactive the credential to a non-retired status.