DERMATOLOGY CERTIFIED NURSE PRACTIONER

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. DNPCB recognizes the value of education programs, research, and clinical practice which foster personal and professional growth.

You can read a message from Paula Bermann, Chair of the DNPCB, at www.the-dermatologist.com/content/dermatology-nursing-certification-board.

Please read the Position Statement on the Value of Specialty Nursing Certification from the ABNS www.nursingcertification.org

CREDENTIALS

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.

ACCREDITATION

DNPCB is currently in the process of updating the certification examination content for 2019. They are 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.

APPLICATION

A separate application must be completed and submitted in order to sit for the DCNP examination. They can be found here, at the bottom of the testing agency’s DCNP information page: http://www.cnetnurse.com/dermatology/dermatology-certified-nurse-practitioner/.

Applications must be submitted by the deadline date in order to qualify for upcoming exam dates. No exceptions to exam application deadlines will be made for those who register for a review course. Dates and deadlines also available here: http://www.cnetnurse.com/dermatology/dermatology-certified-nurse-practitioner/.

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)

DATES AND SITES

Exams are administered by C-NET. Please visit the website for details, dates and directions
for permanent exam sites. Test centers are subject to change. The final location will be listed on your entrance permit.
CNET at http://www.cnetnurse.com/dermatology/dermatology-certified-nurse-practitioner/

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.

DNPCB BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

Paula Bermann, MSN, DCNP
Savannah, GA
pebermann@aol.com

Directors
Susan Bordonaro, ANP-BC, DCNP, MSN
Portsmouth, RI
smb@theonlinepeople.comMegan Ferguson, DCNP
Clive, IA
megannferguson@gmail.com

Victoria Lazareth, MA, MSN, NP-C, DCNP
Mashpee, MA
victoria.lazareth83@gmail.com 

Secretary/Treasurer
Elizabeth Leen, ARNP, DCNP
Jacksonville, FL
elizabethleen@yahoo.com 
DNA Board Liaison
Katrina Masterson
Lafayette, IN
kmaster@tctc.com