Plastic Surgical
Nurse Certification
Aesthetic Nurse
Specialist Certification
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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.

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

The CANS and CPSN recertification process is now officially online! As of 2017, if you are recertifying, your application will only be accepted via the online submission site. To access your recertification form, please login to the Certified Nurses Area.


Deadline Late Fee Deadline* Examination Date
Deadline has passed Deadline has passed 5/20/2017
Cross National Sites
Submission period beginning January 1, 2017
8/18/2017 9/1/2017 10/9/2017
ISPAN Convention, Orlando, FL
8/8/2017 9/1/2017 10/12/2017
AES Meeting
Miami, Florida
8/18/2017 9/1/2017 10/14/2017
Cross National Sites
Submission period beginning June 1, 2017

*Add $25 late fee to application
Find out more about the CANS and CPSN exam dates.


The Core Curriculum for Plastic Surgical Nursing, 4th edition, represents the comprehensive documentation of plastic and reconstructive surgical nursing knowledge and skills. This new edition reflects advances in technology and patient management and contains additional chapters presenting material on a wider variety of topics germane to plastic surgery.

The Core Curriculum for Plastic Surgical Nursing, 4th edition, is a resource for every aspect of patient care and the development of educational materials and a guide for self-development. Each chapter includes principles upon which to base an effective plan for patient care.

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