In numerous cases, RN licensing is the only legal requirement for public health nursing practice. Baccalaureate and Master's level public health nurses can seek additional voluntary certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Advanced Public Health Nurse (APHN)
American Nurses Credentialing Center – ANCC’s Certification Program enables nurses to demonstrate their specialty expertise and validate their knowledge to employers and patients. Through targeted exams and portfolios that incorporate/demonstrate the latest nursing practice-standards, ANCC certification empowers nurses with pride and professional satisfaction.
General Public Health Nurse
Currently, there is no certification specific to public health nursing at the generalist level. However, nurses with a baccalaureate degree and at least five years of public health experience can obtain the Certification in Public Health (CPH). See more information on the CPH.