DCNP Exam Content Areas

Certified Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Examination Test Specifications 2020

Type of Patient Problem

A. Neoplasms – 20%
B. Papulosquamous and Eczematous Dermatoses – 20%
C. Adnexal Disease – 15%
D. Infections, Infestations, Bites and Stings – 10%
E. Photodamage, Aging Skin, and Pigmentary Disorders – 10%
F. Vesiculobullous, Autoimmune, and Connective Tissue Diseases – 10%
G. Urticarias, Erythemas, Photosensitivities, and Purpuras – 10%
H. Systemic Dz, Granulomatous/Neutrophilic Conditions, Genodermatoses – 5%

Dermatology NP Activities

I. Assess and diagnose acute and chronic dermatological conditions that occur across the life span. – 35%
II. Prescribe/perform interventions, including evidence-based treatments, therapies, and procedures. – 35%
III. Educate patient, family, other health professionals and the public about dermatologic conditions. – 25%
IV. Participate in professional activities that promote optimal healthcare practices and outcomes. – 5%

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
10. Malignant melanoma
11. Port-wine stain
12. B & T-cell lymphomas, Sézary syndrome
13. Pyogenic granuloma

B. Papulosquamous and Eczematous Dermatoses – 20%

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. Adnexal Disease – 15%

1. Acne
2. Rosacea
3. Sebaceous hyperplasia
4. Perioral dermatitis
5. Hidradenitis suppurativa
6. Hyperhidrosis
7. Acne keloidalis
8. Onychodystrophy
9. Alopecia
10. Paronychia
11. Cysts (epidermal inclusion, digital mucoid, etc.)

D. Infections, Infestations, Bites and Stings – 10%

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

E. Photodamage, Aging Skin, and Pigmentary Disorders – 10%

1. Lentigines
2. Telangiectasias
3. Poikiloderma of Civatte
4. Elastosis
5. Favre-Racouchot disease
6. Disorders of hypopigmentation (vitiligo, hypomelanosis, etc)
7. Disorders of hyperpigmentation (acanthosis)

F. Vesiculobullous, Autoimmune, and Connective Tissue Diseases – 10%

1. Hypertrophic scars
2. Keloids
3. SLE (discoid and systemic)
4. Lichen sclerosus
5. Dermatitis herpetiformis
6. Pemphigus
7. Scleroderma
8. Morphea
9. Pemphigoid
10. Dermatomyositis
11. Linear IgA bullous dermatosis
12. Vasculitis

G. Urticarias, Erythemas, Photosensitivities, and Purpuras – 10%

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

H. Systemic Dz, Granulomatous/Neutrophilic Conditions, 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