Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing Certificate

The Department of Nursing demonstrates its commitment to preparing nurses for advanced nursing roles by offering a post-graduate certificate for nurses with graduate nursing degrees in other specializations who wish to prepare for an advanced role in community/public health. The Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing certificate prepares the holder for practice in community/public health settings. The certificate program consists of a total of 17 units.

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to:

  1. impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or
  2. produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or
  3. provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Certain certificate programs contain 6000-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 6000-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

Admission Requirements:

  • An earned master’s or doctoral degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution and CCNE-accredited program;
  • 3.0 (“B”) minimum GPA calculated according to recommended practice of the CSUSB Graduate Council;
  • Current California Registered Nurse (RN) license, unencumbered, unrestricted, with no disciplinary action pending or imposed;
  • Three (3) satisfactory letters of professional recommendation;
  • Personal statement;
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent:
    • NURS 6425 Epidemiology & Biostatistics   4 units
    • NURS 6435 Health Informatics                   3 units

Applicants may consult the information on the Department of Nursing webpage for details about the significant clinical compliance requirements that must be met upon admission to the Advanced Community/Public Health Nursing certificate program.

Extension and transfer credit from other colleges and/or universities may make up no more than 30% of total certificate units.

Certificate Requirements (17)

NURS 6000Population Health Assessment4
NURS 6100Program Planning and Evaluation4
NURS 6200Health Policy Leadership2
NURS 6548Transcultural Healthcare3
NURS 6752Advanced Community/Public Health Internship 2
NURS 6880Advanced Role Practicum2
Total Units17