CANS Pilot exam being held at ASPSN Aesthetics conference, April 2013 in New York City!


The Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board is pleased to announce the launch of the much anticipated Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) exam! After years of research and development the pilot of the CANS exam will be offered during the ASPSN Symposium at the Aesthetic Meeting in New York City in April.

The initial exams in April will not result in certification; however, taking the exam – which will be free of charge – will provide an advantage to those that will take the first official certification held at the ASPSN 39th Annual Meeting in San Diego in October 2013.

To be eligible to apply for certification, the candidate must:

  • Be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories or Canada, and
  • Practice within one of the following specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, or Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT)
  • Have a minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience as a registered nurse within one of the listed Core Specialties above in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity within five (5) years prior to application, and
  • Have spent at least fifty percent (50%) of practice hours within the core specialties during two (2) of the preceding five (5) years.
  • Have your Medical Director endorse your application.

To register, please complete the CANS Exam Pilot application and send to the exam bureau at:

c/o C-NET
601 Pavonia Avenue, Suite 201
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Applications are not processed at the National Office in Beverly, MA

Registrations will be accepted onsite, but to ensure you reserve your spot, please register today!


Please note that study materials are not available for the pilot exam. An updated version of the Core Curriculum for Plastic Surgical Nursing as well as a review course will be available for the fall