Educations requirements to be PHN

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    Hello PHN's!

    I currently have my associate degree in nursing and I'm wondering if I would be able to get into public health nursing with a BS in Public Health instead of a BS in nursing?

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Thank you!
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    Quote from fireball78
    Hello PHN's!

    I currently have my associate degree in nursing and I'm wondering if I would be able to get into public health nursing with a BS in Public Health instead of a BS in nursing?

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Thank you!
    Depends on the state/area. Where I live you need to have your BSN to be a PHN.
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    In CA you have to have a BSN and a PHN cert from the BON.
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    Thank you both for the info!!
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    In my area they hire even LPNs for certain roles. I believe the immunization nurse is an LPN in my local clinic. So it really does vary by area.
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    I am wondering the same thing. I already have a bachelors in public health and am graduating in may with my associate degree in nursing. I would love to get a phn job when i graduate but wondering if I need a BSN first.
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    Most positions I seen require a BSN or equal amounts of work history to substitute.
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    I started out part-time with my ADN but when a FT position became available, my supervisor hired me with the condition that I complete my BSN within 5 years. Had I not already been working there PT she would not have even considered me.
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    Try checking your State Dept. of Health and see what the typical requirement. I've mostly seen a BSN required for PHN jobs.
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    I am a PHN with only an ADN. I was required to take the state mandated PHN course within 1 year. I am currently applying for my RN to BSN as well!


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