Plastic Surgical Nursing Certification Board

Resources & Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions

I maintain both a CANS and CPSN credential, can I use the same continuing education, if applicable, for both certifications?

Yes. As long as the continuing education activity meets the criteria for both certifications, it can be submitted as part of both recertification materials. CPSN and CANS recertification packets should always be sent separately with copies of the activity included in both.

What will happen if I am unable to meet the continuing education requirements for recertification?

You may certify by retaking the examination or lose your credential.

Does the exam itself provide continuing education credit?

No. The CPSN and the CANS exams do not have continuing education credit.

Does the study review course provide continuing education credit?

No. The study review course does not have continuing education credit.

I attended a plastic surgical program that offered continuing medical education (CME) credit, but not nursing contact hours. Will this be accepted as credit toward recertification?

Possibly. If you were officially registered for a program that offered CMEs and not nursing contact hours, and if the program was specific to Plastic Surgery and relevant to your practice, you can submit this course toward your recertification. Please be aware that up to 15 CMEs may be used toward recertification.

How do I know if a continuing education course or meeting awarded CEUs or CMEs?

Courses that award CEUs will be accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Courses that award CMEs will be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). You will also notice that CMEs will be awarded as AMA PRA Category 1 credits.

How do I know if a course qualifies as Patient Safety?

Some meetings and courses will tell you if patient safety continuing education is offered. On the off chance it does not, patient safety can be defined as a courses that emphasizes safety in health care through the prevention, reduction, reporting, and analysis of medical error that often leads to adverse effects.