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:


$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:

ISPAN 2020 Fall Meeting

Applications accepted beginning June 15, 2020

Exam Date: October 15, 2020

Location: San Mateo, CA

Postmark deadline: August 1st

With $100 late fee: September 1st

Please note: applications must meet eligibility requirements and the review process is intensive. We do not recommend submitting late applications for conference exam dates.


PSNCB Fall testing

Applications accepted beginning June 15, 2020

Exam Date: October 17, 2020

Location: Various (see below)

Postmark deadline: August 7th

With $100 late fee: August 21st


October 17, 2020 CANS and CPSN Test Site Cities


Scottsdale, AZ             Minneapolis, MN

San Diego, CA             Charlotte, NC

Burlingame, CA          New York, NY

Aurora, CO                  Portland, OR

Chicago, IL                  Dallas, TX

Boston, MA                Alexandria, VA


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