The RN to BSN program satisfies the Board of Registered Nurses academic requirements to be eligible for the Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certificate. 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.
To be eligible for this certificate program, applicants must:
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.
All BSN graduates of the School of Nursing are automatically eligible for the Certificate.
After graduation, you must request your official transcript from CSU Dominguez Hills and 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:
who will verify your completion of the BSN program. After the Nursing department verifies your completion of the BSN program here at CSU Dominguez Hills, they will return the form to you. Once the PHN Certificate application is filled out, you will send the completed application, your official transcript, and a $75.00 fee to the BRN.
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 or from a U.S. school that is NOT ACCREDITED by the National League for Nursing at the time that you graduated:
If yours Bachelors Degree is NOT in nursing:
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, you will be eligible to apply to the BRN for the PHN certificate.
A total of 35 units (32 units in Fall 2014) must be completed. Students may be given credit for courses taken in previous colleges/universities.
* can be taken via challenge exam through CSUDH School of Nursing