Why join the Society of Dermatology Nurses Practitioners? 

The SDNP is the FIRST dermatology NP organization that was developed for the dermatology NP, by dermatology NPs. All of us have longed for a professional organization that can meet our professional needs in a manner similar to that of the SDPA and the AAD. The SDNP was created to do just that. We recognize the importance and value of our colleagues and partners: dermatology RNs, MAs, LPNs, PAs, physicians, and our primary care colleagues. All of our colleagues have other organizations to meet their professional needs: the DNA, SDPA, AAD, and NADNP, respectively. The SDNP was created to meet the specific needs of the professional dermatology NP.

What is our mission?

The mission of the Society of Dermatology Nurse Practitioners (SDNP) is to promote excellence in advanced practice dermatology nursing.

What is our vision?

The SDNP promotes the highest quality of care in advanced practice dermatology through education, specialty certification, evidence-based clinical practice, and interprofessional research.

What do we believe in?

The SDNP values:

  • the provision of high-quality services to all of our members regardless of age, race, color, religion, national origin, gender orientation, mental abilities or ability to pay for services.
  • maintaining honest, transparent, accountable and responsive interactions with stakeholders.
  • promoting the highest standards of excellence in Dermatology NP practice, and
  • promoting professional collaboration with all dermatology providers, academic and healthcare institutions.


What makes the SDNP unique compared to other dermatology nursing organizations?

  • We were created to meet the needs of YOU - the dermatology NP. Other organizations have various other member needs, including that of medical assistants, nurses, office staff, physician assistants, physicians and primary care NPs. By focusing on dermatology NPs, we are better able to address their specific needs.

What are some of the things that the SDNP will be able to provide to me as a dermatology NP?

  • Be a leader who represents dermatology NP career at professional venues such as the AAD, SDPA, AANP, DNA, and other organizations that influence and impact dermatology NP practice
  • Access essential practice guidelines and articles of importance
  • Rapid responses to challenges regarding dermatology NP practice
  • Participate in educational webinars, which provide evidence-based, up-to-date practice topics
  • Attend the National Conference for CME and networking opportunities
  • Your "home" to connect with your colleagues for advice and discuss practice issues
  • Learn from dermatology NP experts on numerous topics e.g., contract negotiating, coding, setting up practice agreements and independent practices, research and developing leadership opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities to develop and enhance your professional practice, including serving in positions within the organization, developing speaking and authorship skills, and interfacing with industry and professional partners

Who can become a member of the SDNP?

  • Active Member ($135) – A member with a strong emphasis in dermatology but not certified or main focus of work.
  • Fellow Active Member ($135) – A member who is a certified DCNP, and practices full or part time.
  • Student Member ($100) - Member that is in school working towards becoming a DCNP.
  • Introductory Corporate Member ($500) - Individual member of a company that is in the industry or is a supporter of the industry.

Will the SDNP host an annual conference in 2024?

  • Yes. We are excited to announce that the 2024 SDNP National Conference and Live Review Course will be held in Kiawah Island, SC at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, April 25-28, 2024. The Live DCNP Certification Review Course will take place on April 25 and 26 and the Conference will take place on the 27th–28th. Save the date and learn more & register at 2024 National Conference. We hope to see you there!

Who governs the SDNP?

  • There is a board of directors that governs the SDNP and chair several committees. The future board of directors will be determined by annual elections by the membership.
  • There are numerous volunteer opportunities open to anyone who wishes to become involved in the organization or influence the focus and priorities of the SDNP.