Aesthetic Nurse Specialist Certification


Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board (PSNCB)

500 Cummings Center, Suite 4400

Beverly, MA 01915

877.337.9315 (Voice)

978.524.0461 (Fax)




  1. Be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories or Canada, holding a current full and unrestricted license.
  2. Have spent at least 1,000 practice hours within the core specialties during the last two (2) years.
  3. Have a minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience as a registered nurse within the four Core Specialties in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is board Certified within a core specialty. This can be in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity within three (3) years prior to application.
  4. Be currently working in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is Board Certified within one of the following specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, or Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT).
  5. Have your supervising core physician, who holds a current full and unrestricted license, endorse your application.




$195 for ISPAN members

$295 for non-members

$100 first-time retake fee* for ISPAN members

For persons who did not pass on their very first attempt. Good for two years from date of first test.

$150 first-time retake fee* for non-members


Additional exam fees:

$25 late processing fee

To cover postmarks between application deadline and end of late fee period.

$25 application refund fee

Incurred if a refund of the exam fee is processed.

$20 returned check fee

Incurred if a check for any exam fee(s) is returned for insufficient funds.





Aurora, CO


ASAPS meeting

New Orleans, LA


ISPAN meeting

San Diego, CA


Spring C-NET exams:


Fall C-NET exams:


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3 years from the date of passing exam.
To obtain an application, visit the CANS exam page at
* Current license as an RN in the United States, its territories, or Canada.
* Minimum of 2 years of plastic surgical nursing experience as an RN.
* Spend at least 50% of practice hours in plastic surgical nursing during 2 of the preceding 5 years.
* Be in compliance with state regulations of the practice of hemodialysis patient-care technicians, if applicable. Applicants must meet the experience requirement (for certification) of the state in which they practice.