Apply for a Public Health Nurse Certificate

Easy as 1-2-3!

To be certified as a Public Health Nurse, you must be in possession of a valid California Public Health Nurse Certificate issued by the Board of Registered Nursing

1. Request Official CSU, Chico Transcripts. Go to the CSU, Chico Records Office "transcript request" link and order an official transcript to be sent to yourself.  DO NOT OPEN.

2. Complete BRN Application for California Public Health Nurse Certificate and submit to the BRN.

A. Complete the application.  Click this link Application and scroll down to the form. 

  • For the section regarding Public Health Nurse Education, list CSU, Chico School of Nursing as the Name of the Academic Program. List Chico, California, and USA. In the right hand box, check "Baccalaureate Degree". Add the date you entered the nursing program and the date of your graduation.
  • For the section regarding verification of child abuse/neglect prevention training, fill in the following:

    • CE Provider/School name:  CSU, Chico.

    • Course Name and Number: Include the following statement, “The content of CSU, Chico curriculum includes the child abuse/neglect prevention training.”

    • Number of Hours:  Not needed.  Leave blank.

  • Complete the "Background Information" page as instructed, add your photo, sign and date the application. The next section of the document is used for #3, below.

B. Attach $300 fee with unopened official CSUC transcript, and mail to:

Board of Registered Nursing
Attn: PHN Certification 
P. O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

3. Complete BRN Request for Transcript/Public Health Nurse Certification form.Click this link Application and scroll down to the form.  Complete section A of this form. Mail this BRN form to the School of Nursing office at the following address.  This form will be completed by the nursing office and submitted directly to the BRN to be matched with your application.

Attn: Julie Garnett
School of Nursing 
California State University, Chico
Chico, CA  95929-0200

The above information was obtained from:, and modified specifically for CSU, Chico School of Nursing.