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 dermatological 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.


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

c/o C-NET

35 Journal Square, Ste 901

Jersey City, NJ 07036

P: 800-463-0786



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 to complete.


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 Center for Dermatology Nursing Practice offers a live virtual webcast for an intensive review and includes pre-course study materials and live practice question sessions. Visit www.centerfordermatologynursingpractice.com for further information.

3) The SDNP (Society of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners) will be offering:

  • A Peer-Reviewed Live Certification Review Course on April 24-25, 2022, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN.  
  • This will be followed by a Practice Test Questions Webinar on May 7, 2022, to prepare for the Dermatology Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.  Visit https://www.dermnp.org for further information.


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