Objectives of the Examination
The Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certification Examination is designed to measure the nurse practitioner’s ability to: Assess and diagnose acute and chronic dermatological conditions that occur across the life span. (35%) Prescribe/perform interventions, including evidence-based treatments, therapies, and procedures. (35%) Educate patient, family, other health professionals and the public about dermatologic conditions. (25%) Participate in professional activities that promote optimal healthcare practices and outcomes. (5%) Exam content with corresponding percentages can be found under Exam Information online
Exam Application information
The DNPCB partners with The Center for Nursing Education & Testing (C-NET) to facilitate the exam and all examination arrangements.
The application for the exam is located on this website and, on the C-NET website, along with more information regarding applying to take the exam,
payment information, the approval, testing and grading processes.
Please contact C-NET (www.cnetnurse.com) for any questions regarding testing information; testing sites, dates, and any questions pertinent to the exam:
DCNP Certification Exam
35 Journal Square, Ste 901
Jersey City, NJ 07036
The Test consists of 175 multiple choice questions written within the dermatology nurse practitioner scope of practice. The exam will take approximately four
(4) hours in length.
REVIEW COURSE INFORMATION
There are several ways to study for the DCNP exam:
The Dermatology Nurses’ Association NP Society offers a variety of study tools and review courses to help you prepare for the exam.
1.) The DNA (Dermatology Nurse Association) provides an online review course:
2.) The CAPD (Center for Advanced Practice Dermatology) offers in person review courses
prior to the Maui Derm Conventions. This review course is currently held two times per year. For more information please refer to:
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