Post Grad Public Health Certificate

Public Health Nurse Certificate Program

Current regulations for public health nurse certification require that the nurse be a graduate of a BSN degree program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Recognizing the fact that other groups of nurses should be eligible, the School of Nursing with the approval from the BRN has developed the program described herein.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this certificate program, applicants must:

  1. Hold a current registered nurse license from the California Board of Registered Nursing, unencumbered, unrestricted, with no disciplinary action pending or imposed; and
  2. Have an overall grade point average of 2.5 (on a four-point scale) or higher in the baccalaureate program.
  3. Be a baccalaureate graduate with a non-nursing degree from an accredited institution;

The process for obtaining the certificate differs depending on where the nurse received her/his bachelor’s degree. Find the category below that best describes your educational preparation and follow the instructions given.

Nurses with BSN Degrees 

CSUDH BSN Graduates

All BSN graduates of the School of Nursing may be eligible to apply for the Certificate.

  • After your degree has been posted, you must request your official transcripts from CSU Dominguez Hills via the transcripts request website: http://www4.csudh.edu/admissions-records/records/request-transcript/index. You may do either of the following:
    1. Have CSUDH send the transcripts to you. (Do not open the transcripts or they will become unofficial.
    2. Have CSUDH send the transcripts directly to the BRN. You must provide the mailing address when requesting the transcripts online.
  • While you are waiting for transcripts, please download the PHN Certificate application from BRN’s website http://www.rn.ca.gov/ or contact the BRN at (916) 322-1988 and request the PHN Certificate application.
  • Send your PHN Certificate application to the School of Nursing Department at the address below:

Attention: School of Nursing, CSUDH
1000 E. Victoria St.
Carson, CA 90747

  • Once your degree has been verified, the School of Nursing will mail you your signed PHN application.
  • Once you have received the signed form, you may mail the PHN application, official (sealed) transcripts (if you requested them mailed to you), and the application fee (as requested by the BRN) directly to the Board of Nursing.

Nurses with BSN degrees from other universities, please contact the BRN.

  • Please apply to the CA BRN for the PHN Certificate  https://www.rn.ca.gov/applicants/ad-pract.shtml#phn
    • If you are deficient, the BRN will send you a letter of deficiency. 
    • Please email the letter of deficiency to SONdepartment@csudh.edu and you will receive instructions on how to enroll in required courses using our Open University registration form (Current Open University costs: $311/unit for Undergrad; $369/unit for graduate-Post Bacc’s are charged at graduate rate).

Foreign Nursing School Graduates

DO NOT ATTEND PHN WORKSHOP

If you are currently licensed as a registered nurse in the U.S. and have earned a BSN from a school outside the United States, you must contact the BRN directly at (916) 322-1988. Go to the BRN’s website http://www.rn.ca.gov/  for details.

If you receive a letter of deficiency of the BRN and wish to complete required courses with us, contact Student Services at (800) 344-5484 choice option 1 to request a letter of process and instructions to enroll in the required courses using Open University registration form. After completing the required coursework, request transcripts to be sent by Admission and Records to the BRN.

Nurses with Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degrees

This program is specifically for those Registered Nurses who hold a baccalaureate in a field other than nursing and want to complete a specialized Public Health Nursing Program that includes a supervised clinical experience at CSUDH (a baccalaureate School of Nursing accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education-CCNE). 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this certificate program, applicants must:

  1. Hold a current registered nurse license from the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN), unencumbered, unrestricted, with no disciplinary action pending or imposed; and
  2. Have an overall grade point average of 2.5 (on a four-point scale) or higher in the baccalaureate program.
  3. Possess a baccalaureate in a field other than nursing from an accredited institution.

Program Application Process

  • Send copies of all unofficial transcripts and course descriptions to the School of Nursing attention PHN to arrange a date and time with the PHN advisor.
  • Complete a PHN workshop (offered via telephone conference) with further information at the bottom of this page.
  • You will receive confirmation and instructions regarding workshop requirements.
  • Following the workshop and transcript evaluation, you will be eligible to apply for admission to the program and to enroll in the course(s) you need.
  • When all requirements are met for the Public Health Nurse Certificate program, complete an online application for Public Health Nurse Certificate. Your official transcripts (submitted to the BRN), need to include the completion of this specialized Public Health Nurse Certificate. 

Public Health Nurse Certificate Workshop via Telephone Conference only

Workshop date and time will be arranged on an individual basis based on availability of the student and the PHN advisor.

To participate, complete the PHN Certificate Registration Form [PDF] . Please note that all of your materials (application, transcripts, and payment) must be received in order to arrange for a workshop date.

For more information, please contact the School of Nursing at (310) 243-3596 or SONdepartment@csudh.edu

Curriculum

A total of 24 units must be completed. Students may be given credit for courses taken in previous colleges/universities.

  • BSN 306 Cultural Diversity in Healthcare (3)*
  • BSN 346 Pathophysiology (3)*
  • BSN 380 Health Assessment (3)
  • BSN 381 Health Assessment Skills Lab (1)
  • BSN 400 Health Promotion and Teaching (3)
  • BSN 422 Community Based Nursing (3)
  • BSN 423 Community Based Nursing Role Performance (2)
  • BSN 430 Health Care Systems, Policy and Finance (3)
  • BSN 460 Nursing Research Utilization (3)

* Can be taken via challenge exam through CSUDH School of Nursing