Certification for Public Health Nursing

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 CenterThe ANCC Advanced Public Health Nursing certification examination is retired.  

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.