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Preparing for your Exam
The CPSN and CANS exams are designed to test your existing knowledge; however, there may be some topics which you have not encountered in your practice thus far. To help you prepare for these subjects, the ISPAN offers a textbook with materials for both Exams, titled Core Curriculum for Plastic Surgical Nursing, 4th Edition, which is available in the ISPAN Online Store. ISPAN members receive a discount on the textbook and other items for sale through the ISPAN.

Certification Preparation Courses
The Certification Preparation Courses are designed to help prepare nurses to take the Certified Plastic Surgical Nurse and Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist exams. The courses are held yearly in conjunction with the ISPAN Annual Convention in the fall, and the ISPAN Aesthetic Symposium at the ASAPS Aesthetic Meeting in the spring. For more information about the courses please contact the National Office. If you are unable to attend the live courses, DVDs of each review course are available in the ISPAN Online Store.

Continuing Education
Medscape Education is the leading destination for continuous professional development, comprising 30+ specialty-focused websites offering thousands of free CME/CE courses (ranging from 0.25 credits to 2 credits AMA PRA credits) and not-for-credit activities for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Accessible via the desktop and mobile platforms, Medscape Education is always available to inform and educate clinicians, through a variety of formats that include Clinical News Briefs, Patient Simulations, Clinical Cases, Expert Commentary Videos, Conference Coverage, and more.

Lippincott's NursingCenter.Com, created by nurses for nurses, is the premier destination site for your clinical and professional informational needs. Visit NursingCenter.Com CE Center for your continuing education needs including the CE planner.

Additional Resources
For additional information on providers of aesthetic treatments and other resources, view our
Helpful Resources for Medical Aesthetic Providers.


Deadline Late Fee Deadline* Examination Date Examination Location
Deadline has
Deadline has
October 1, 2018 Chicago, IL during
ISPAN 2018 The Meeting

You may submit your application beginning June 1, 2018
Deadline has
Deadline has
October 13, 2018 National Test Sites

You may submit your application beginning June 1, 2018

*Add $25 late fee to application

For question regarding the location and time of the exams, please contact C-NET at 201-217-9083.

Find out more about the CANS and CPSN exam dates.

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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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