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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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please address your BRN Transcript Request forms to “Attn:  Dr. Karin Lightfoot.”

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.


Request that your official transcript be mailed to the BRN street address:

Board of Registered Nursing
1747 N. Market Blvd., Suite 150
Sacramento, CA 95834