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The Certificate in Public Health Nursing

The Public Health Nursing Certificate Program is designed for students who hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a program which was not approved for Public Health Nursing. General requirements are:

1. Possession of a current, valid California license to practice as a registered nurse.

2. Evidence of current basic knowledge of medical-surgical, maternal and child health, and psychiatric nursing.

3. Evidence of meeting the State-mandated child-abuse content requirements as evaluated by the advisor. Specific tools for child developmental assessment will also be evaluated, and NURS 314 may be required.

4. Take, challenge, or show evidence of having had comparable content in the following courses:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Nursing majors only.
This course introduces the student to theory needed for application of the nursing process with emphasis on skills useful in data gathering and analysis for completing a health assessment. Normal and abnormal physical, social, and cultural structure and function are explored. 3 hours lecture. (006461)
Prerequisite: Nursing majors only.
Directed and supervised practicum which focuses on maternal-fetal-neonatal and child nursing and includes nursing of childbearing and childrearing families. Experiences are provided in various settings including hospitals, offices, clinics, homes, schools, and teaching centers, to provide students with the opportunity to apply concurrent knowledge and the nursing process to the health of pregnant women, their fetuses, neonates, and children. Emphasis is placed on the development of assessment skills, and the application of nursing knowledge for the effective delivery of nursing care. Clinical hours listed are hours per week. 9 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006470)

6 units required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: Nursing majors only.
This course is a synthesis of nursing and public health practice with the goal of promoting and preserving the health of populations. Emphasis is on establishing a caring presence in the community with responsibility to the population as a whole. Students will apply the nursing process and concepts to culturally diverse individuals, families, and communities in homes, community agencies, and schools to facilitate movement toward achievement of maximum potential for daily living. This course includes a service learning project. Clinical hours listed are hours per week. 9 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see the Class Schedule. (006533)
Prerequisites: Nursing majors only.
This course provides an introduction to the specialty of public health nursing. Students examine the impact of epidemiological, social, ethical, cultural, political, economic, and legal factors on lifestyle and health. Students apply the principles of public health science combined with nursing knowledge and skills to address the disease prevention needs of individuals, families, and communities. 3 hours lecture. (020291)

Upon satisfactory completion of the program, the student is eligible to apply for a certificate of Public Health Nursing from the California State Department of Public Health.

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