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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)

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CANS 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 practice with a physician who 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 who 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:


$295 for ISPAN members


$395 for non-members


$100 Late Fee 

For applications postmarked during the late period


$25 Application Processing Fee 

Not refundable in case of a refund


$20 Returned Check Fee 

Incurred if a check is returned for insufficient funds.


3 years from the date of passing the exam.


Exam Dates & Deadlines:


Computer-based testing for this certification happens year-round. No deadlines or late fees shall apply.


Application Processing

Please allow an average of six weeks (from the time C-NET receives your application) for processing and review.  Should C-NET require further information to complete its review of your submission, we will contact you using the email address provided on your application. When your application is approved, our testing partner PSI will send a link to your email address, allowing you to schedule an examination date online. Along with your link, you will be granted a 90-day testing window. You must both schedule and sit for your examination within the 90 days provided.


Extension Requests

If you need to extend your testing window after scheduling your exam with PSI, you must do so by emailing our customer service desk at When requesting an extension, be sure to provide your name, the last four digits of your social security number, and the name of the test you are taking. For more information about extensions or scheduling during COVID, please click our "COVID-19 Update" link at the top of this page.

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