PHN Certification

Easy as 1-2-3!

To be certified 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.

Order an official transcript to be sent to yourself from the Student Records and Registration Office Transcript Request page. DO NOT OPEN THE TRANSCRIPT WHEN IT ARRIVES.

2. Complete the BRN Application for California Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certification 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.

3. Mail

Attach $300 fee with unopened official CSU, Chico transcript and mail the APPLICATION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE (PHN) CERTIFICATION section to:

Advanced Practice Unit – PHN Certification
Board of Registered Nursing
P. O. Box 944210
Sacramento, CA 94244-2100

Mail the REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPT PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE CERTIFICATION section to the address below to be completed by the School of Nursing, who will send this form to the BRN when completed. 

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

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