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Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS)

Offered by:

Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board (PSNCB)

500 Cummings Center, Suite 4400

Beverly, MA 01915

877.337.9315 (Voice)

978.524.0461 (Fax)



ANSC Eligibility Criteria

  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.

Handbook - Application - Study Materials:

Exam Dates & Deadlines:

PSNCB Fall testing

Fall 2020 date TBA

Applications accepted beginning June 15, 2020


3 years from the date of passing the exam.


$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.