Public Health Nurse Certificate

Specialized Public Health Nurse Certificate Program

Specialized Public Health Nurse Certificate Program is for those Registered Nurses that 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;
  4. Complete application at CalState Apply. (Video tutorial on how to apply)

Nurses with Non-Nursing Baccalaureate Degrees

Enroll in one of the workshops (held in California only) listed on our Workshops page.

You will receive confirmation and instructions regarding workshop requirements.

Send copies of all unofficial transcripts and course descriptions to the School of Nursing attention PHN two weeks prior to the workshop.

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. 


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

  • BSN 306* Cultural Diversity (3)
  • BSN 346* Human Pathophysiology (3)
  • BSN 380 Health Assessment (3)
  • BSN 381 Health Assessment Skills Laboratory (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

NOTE: If you received a letter of deficiency from the BRN and wish to complete required courses with us, contact Student Services Center at (800) 344-5484 (option 1) to request instructions on how to enroll in the required courses using Open University registration form. After completing the required coursework, request transcripts to be sent by Admissions and Records to the BRN.

For BSN students graduating from CSUDH, please read the PHN Certificate for CSUDH BSN graduate Information Sheet. 

For BSN students graduating from other universities, please contact the BRN.