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The Plastic Surgical Nurses Certification Board (PSNCB) was established in 1989 for the purpose of promoting the highest standards of plastic surgical nursing practice through the development, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of all aspects of the certification and recertification processes.

The PSNCB is comprised of registered nurses with content expertise in plastic surgical nursing. The Board collaborates with the Center for Nursing Education and Testing (C-NET) in test development, test administration, and test evaluation. Two certification examinations are offered to nurses meeting the specified criteria, the Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse (CPSN) and the Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS).

The PSNCB believes that attainment of a common knowledge base, utilization of the nursing process, and a high level of skill in the practice setting are required for proficient practice in the specialty of plastic and reconstructive surgical nursing. Certification provides professional recognition for these achievements. The Board recognizes the value of education, administration, research, and clinical practice in fostering personal and professional growth.

If you have any questions regarding certification, contact the PSNCB National Office
at (978) 927-8330.

For a list of cross national test sites, please visit the C-NET website.


Deadline Late Fee Deadline Examination Date
Registration Closed Late Deadline Has Passed 9/20/14
Toronto, ON

Registration Closed Late Deadline Has Passed 10/10/14
ASPSN 40th Annual Convention, Chicago, IL

Registration Closed Late Deadline Has Passed 10/18/14
Cross National Test Sites

Registration Closed Late Deadline Has Passed 10/30/14
@ Aesthetic Extender Symposium
Boca Raton, FL
CANS Exam Only



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