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DCNP: Dermatology Certified Nurse Practitioner


Offered by:

Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certification Board (DNPCB)

222 S. Riverside Pl

Suite 1870,

Chicago, IL. 60606

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- Current NP State Licensure

- Master’s degree in nursing 

- National certification as a nurse practitioner

- Minimum of 3,000 hours of general dermatology practice within the last 3 years and with current practice in dermatology (hours obtained 

   from a formal dermatology NP academic program count towards the 3,000 hours)

Handbook - Application - Study Materials:


Your certification officially begins on the day you pass the exam and will last for three years. 


$400 for all Nurse Practitioners

$50 late fee for all applications postmarked during the late fee period

Exam Dates & Deadlines:


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, standard procedures for exam dates and deadlines have been temporarily amended. Starting on January 1ST, 2021, C-NET will accept applications for this certification year-round. No deadlines or late fees shall apply for Computer-Based Testing.


Be Advised: These testing procedures are subject to change in the future as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.


Application Processing

Please allow four 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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