To be eligible to apply for certification, the candidate must:

  1. Be currently licensed as a Registered Nurse in the United States, its territories
    or Canada, and
  2. Work in collaboration or in a practice with a physician that is Board Certified within one of the following specialties: Plastic/Aesthetic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, or Facial Plastic Surgery (ENT); and
  3. Have a minimum of two (2) years of nursing experience as a registered nurse within one of the listed Core Specialties above in a general staff, administrative, teaching, or research capacity within three (3) years prior to application, and
  4. Have spent at least one thousand (1,000) practice hours within the core specialties during the preceding two (2) years, and
  5. Have your Supervising Core Physician endorse your application.

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Recertifying your CANS Credential
Recertification through continuing nursing education contact hours is accomplished by accumulating 45 contact hours during the 3-year CANS certification period.

Contact hours do not have to be accumulated in all categories; however, a minimum of 2 contact hours must be specifically related to patient safety. Any combinations of the following activities are acceptable; however, a minimum of 30 contact hours must be earned in plastic surgical nursing.

Applications for renewal of your Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) credential by continuing nursing education must be received 30 days in advance of the certification expiration date. Completed application, appropriate forms, supporting materials, and fee must be submitted at one time.

For a comprehensive overview and instructions for the Recertification of your CANS please refer to the Guide to Recertification By Continuing Education Credit.

The Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist (CANS) Exam is supported by:



Deadline Late Fee Deadline* Examination Date
8/5/2016 8/18/2016 9/23/2016
ASPSN Convention,
Los Angeles, CA

8/20/2016 9/3/2016 10/15/2016
Cross National Sites

8/25/16 9/8/2016 10/20/2016
AES 2016
Turnberry Isle, Miami

*Add $25 late fee to application


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