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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 (DCNP) 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 DCNP is an additional credential to the Nurse Practitioner certification, but does not replace it.

Paula Bermann, MSN, DCNP
President, Dermatology Nursing Certification Board

Please feel free to contact the home office at:

Melissa Dorin LaBarbera | Association Manager
Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (DNPCB)
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55 W. Monroe Street,  Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60603
888-501-3853
mlabarbera@dri.org