School of Nursing

PHN Certification

You must first have a California registered nurse license before obtaining your PHN certification. You must be in possession of a valid California Public Health Nurse Certificate issued by the Board of Registered Nursing to be considered a Public Health Nurse. To become certified, thoroughly review and follow these steps:

1. Complete the BRN Application for PHN Certification Form

  • Application for California Public Health Nurse (PHN) Certification (PDF)
    • Follow METHOD A
  • For the Public Health Nurse Education section:
    • Name of Academic Program: CSU, Chico School of Nursing 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 section as instructed
  • Add your photo, sign and date the application.

Note: If you elect to use the online process for applying for PHN certification and fee payment, you must still complete step 2 as stated below.

2. Complete the BRN Request for Transcript-PHN Certification Form 

Mail the BRN REQUEST FOR TRANSCRIPT PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE CERTIFICATION form to the CSU, Chico School of Nursing using the following contact/address information. Once complete, the School of Nursing will forward your form to the BRN Advanced Practice Unit to be matched with your official transcript. 

School of Nursing Address:

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

3. Request Official CSU, Chico Transcripts.

Order an official transcript from the Student Records and Registration Office Transcript Request page to be sent to the BRN PHN unit.

Note: New grads from either the basic BSN or RN-BSN program must wait until transcripts include all completed course work and reflect the nursing degree awarded and date conferred. 

BRN Address:

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

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