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:

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (CNET) is transitioning both the CPSN and CANS examinations to a computer-based testing format. Due to the complexities of this task, this will not be finalized until early 2021. As a result of this, CNET will not offer CPSN or CANS examinations in the fall of 2020.

If you applied to take the spring exam, and your application was pushed to the fall examination dates, or if you have already applied for the fall examinations, CNET will carry your application forward to the 2021 examinations.


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