DCNP Exam Content Areas

Certified Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Examination Test Specifications 2020

Type of Patient Problem

A. Neoplasms – 20%
B. Papulosquamous and Eczematous Dermatoses – 18%
C. Urticarias, Erythemas, Photosensitivities, and Purpuras – 11%
D. Photodamage and Cosmetic Dermatology- 11%
E. Adnexal Disease – 8%
F. Infections, Infestations, Bites and Stings – 7%
G. Pigmentary/Vascular disorders 7%
H. Hair, Nails, and Mucous Membranes 7%
I. Vesiculobullous, Autoimmune, and Connective Tissue Diseases – 6%
J. Systemic Diseases and Genodermatoses – 5%

Dermatology NP Activities

I. Assess and diagnose acute and chronic dermatological conditions across the life span (35%)
II. Prescribe/perform interventions, incl. evidence-based therapies & procedures (33%)
III. Teach patients, significant others, community, and colleagues about preventions and management of dermatologic conditions (24%)
IV. Consult for and with peers and other health professionals regarding specific cases (5%)
V. Analyze research data in order to implement effective evidence-based data (3%)

Content Area Detailed by Diagnosis

A. Neoplasms – 20%

  1. Nevi
  2. Seborrheic keratosis
  3. Actinic keratosis
  4. Basal cell carcinoma
  5. Squamous cell carcinoma (Keratoacanthoma)
  6. Dermatofibroma
  7. Hemangiomas
  8. Immunosuppression, increased risk
  9. Malignant melanoma
  10. Port-wine stain
  11. B & T-cell lymphomas, Sezary syndrome
  12. Pyogenic granuloma

B. Papulosquamous and Eczematous Dermatoses – 18%

  1. Seborrheic dermatitis
  2. Atopic dermatitis
  3. Psoriasis
  4. Contact dermatitis
  5. Keratosis pilaris
  6. Nummular eczema
  7. Xerosis cutis
  8. Stasis dermatitis
  9. Intertrigo
  10. Lichen simplex chronicus
  11. Pityriasis alba
  12. Lichen planus
  13. Pityriasis rosea
  14. Grover’s disease
  15. Pityriasis rubra pilaris
  16. Eosinophila pustular folliculitis
  17. Erythroderma
  18. Polymorphic eruption of pregnancy (PEP, formerly known as PUPPP)

C. Urticarias, Erythemas, Photosensitivities, and Purpuras – 11%

  1. Drug eruptions
  2. Urticaria and angioedema
  3. Vasculitis and purpuras
  4. Polymorphous light eruption
  5. Erythema multiforme
  6. Neurophilic dermatosis
  7. Panniculitis
  8. Mastocytosis
  9. Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  10. Toxic epidermal necrolysis

D. Photodamage and Cosmetic Dermatology- 11% 

  1. Lentigines
  2. Telangiectasias
  3. Poikiloderma of Civatte
  4. Elastosis
  5. Favre-Racouchot disease
  6. Dermal fillers
  7. Botulinum toxin

E. Adnexal Diseases – 8%

  1. Acne
  2. Rosacea
  3. Sebaceous hyperplasia
  4. Perioral dermatitis
  5. Hidradenitis suppurativa
  6. Hyperhydrosis
  7. Acne keloidalis

F. Infections, Infestations, Bites and Stings – 7%

  1. Verruca
  2. Tineas
  3. Molluscum contagiosum
  4. Candidiasis
  5. Herpes simplex virus
  6. Furuncles and Carbuncles
  7. Insect bites & stings
  8. Impetigo
  9. Condylomata acuminata
  10. Scabies
  11. Cellulitis and erysipelas
  12. Psychodermatoses
  13. Pediculosis (capitis, corporis, pubis)
  14. Tick-borne disease
  15. Syphilis
  16. Cutaneous larva migrans
  17. Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome

G. Pigmentary/Vascular disorders – 7%  

  1. Vitiligo
  2. Albinism
  3. Piebaldism
  4. Hypopigmentation of Ito
  5. Confluent and Reticulated Papillomatosis (CARP)
  6. Idiopathic Guttate Melanosis
  7. Postinflammatory hypo- and hyperpigmentation
  8. Progressive macular hypomelanosis
  9. Ochronosis
  10. Melasma
  11. Erythema Ab Igne
  12. Acanthosis Nigracans
  13. Incontinentia Pigmenti
  14. Dyskeratosis Cognetia

H. Hair, Nails, and Mucous Membranes – 7%

  1. Alopecia (scarring and non-scarring)
  2. Paronychia
  3. Onychomycosis
  4. Hirsutism
  5. Hypertrichosis
  6. Trichotillomania
  7. Sjogrens syndrome
  8. Behcet’s disease

I. Vsiculobullous, Autoimmune, and Connective Tissue Diseases – 6%

  1. Lupus erythematosus
  2. Dermatomyositis
  3. Scleroderma
  4. Morphea
  5. Raynaud’s phenomenon
  6. CREST syndrome
  7. Pemphigus
  8. Pemphigoid
  9. Linear IgA
  10. Dermatitis herpetiformis
  11. Epidermolysis bullosa aquisita

J. Systemic Diseases and Genodermatoses – 5%

  1. Pruritus
  2. Xanthomas
  3. Ichthyosis
  4. Keratoderma
  5. Signs of drug abuse
  6. Neurofibromatosis and tuberous sclerosis
  7. Darier’s disease
  8. Necrobiosis lipoidica
  9. Pyoderma gangrenosum
  10. Sarcoidosis
  11. Sweet’s syndrome
  12. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome