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 recent NP practice with current practice in dermatology (hours obtained from a formal dermatology NP academic program count towards the 3,000 hours)

Download the DCNP certification application and exam brochure.


Full exam information can be found on the DNCP Exam Information page

Exam Calendar

Exam Date Application Deadline Final Postmark Deadline
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March 4, 2017 (Convention Only – Orlando, FL) Registration Open January 6, 2017 January 13, 2017
May 20, 2017 March 24, 2017 April 7, 2017
October 14, 2017 August 18, 2017 September 1, 2017