The Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (DNPCB) promotes the highest standards for dermatology nurse practitioner expertise for optimal patient care and has established a credentialing mechanism for validating proficiency. The DNPCB recognizes the value of education programs, research, and clinical practice which foster personal and professional growth. Please visit the DNPCB website at http://dnpcb.org.


The “Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner” (DCNP) designation is awarded by the DNPCB to those who successfully pass the examination. Certification is valid for a period of three (3) years. Recertification may be attained through contact hours of continuing education credit or by examination. The DNPCB is separately incorporated from any of the dermatology nursing organizations. Please read the Position Statement on the Value of Specialty Nursing Certification from the ABNS – http://nursingcertification.org.


The DNPCB is currently seeking accreditation through a peer-review process by the Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) that award nursing certification organizations who demonstrate compliance with the highest quality standards. The ABSNC is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification – http://www.nursingcertification.org.


Attending the DCNP Live Review Course does NOT include the separate application or fees required to sit for the DCNP Examination through the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (CNET). Information for the exam can be found at: http://www.cnetnurse.com/dermatology/dermatology-certified-nurse-practitioner. A separate application must be completed, and fees paid to CNET in order to sit for the DCNP examination.


To be eligible to sit for the Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner (DCNP) exam, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Master’s 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)


Exams dates for 2020 are pending. Visit the CNET website for the most current details, dates and directions for the exam. New for 2020, CNET will be offering computerized testing of the DCNP exam. Stay tuned!

For further questions regarding exam sites, contact Edie Nugent, Director of Certification: edie.n@cnetnurse.com.

Contact C-NET at 1-800-463-0786 for further information.