N.C. Credentialed Public Health Nurse
The North Carolina Division of Public Health is launching a new course, the North Carolina Credentialed Public Health Nursing Course (NCCPHN), in July 2023. Prior to the launch, the course will be piloted in spring 2023. Information about the pilot course is provided below.


Pilot Course Key Dates and Registration

Tentative Dates: March-April 2023

Registration: Registration for the pilot will open in February 2023 and will be limited to 100 nurses working in local or state governmental public health departments.

Course Overview

The goal of the course is for participants to apply the foundational knowledge, skills, attitudes and judgements associated with the roles and functions of governmental public health nurses. The NCCPHN pilot course is being offered to ensure the goal of the NCCPHN course will be met when the course is officially launched in summer 2023.

This five-week course will be provided online through on-demand modules and will require readings related to each subject area. There will be knowledge checks, a final exam and a course evaluation.

Registration Fee

Currently, there is no registration fee for the pilot course. However, registration is required and will open in February 2023.

Who Should Take the Pilot Course?

As described in administrative code 10A NCAC 46. 0301, all public health nurses shall either “have a nursing degree from a baccalaureate school accredited by the National League for Nursing or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or complete within one year of employment with the health department an introductory course in the principles and practices of public health and public health nursing sponsored by the Department.” The NCCPHN course can be completed to meet this requirement. Priority for this pilot will be given to nurses who need to take the course per the current administrative code (10A NCAC 46 .0301) and whose one-year hiring anniversary falls on or prior to June 30, 2023.

If you do not fall under the above category but still wish to be put on a waiting list for the pilot course, please contact Lori Rhew, course director, at Lori.Rhew@unc.edu.


All participants will be required to complete all five modules of the Introduction to Public Health in North Carolina Online Training Series prior to starting the course. The completion certificate for each module must be submitted prior to the NCCPHN course opening. Failure to submit the certificates on time will cause the participant not to be admitted into the course.

Course Book

The course is based on ANA’s 2022 Public Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, 3rd edition. All participants will be required to purchase this book for the course. More information about the text will be shared soon.

Course Requirements  

Participants must complete all required readings, all online modules, the course evaluation, and the final exam (with a passing score).

All nurses who successfully complete the course will be approved to use a credential title. Additional guidance on the approval and utilization of this distinction will be provided upon successful completion of the course.

Continuing Nursing Education/Contact Hours

Nursing continuing professional development contact hours will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

The Public Health Nursing Institute for Continuing Excellence is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an approver of continuing nursing education accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Course Providers

This course is offered through a collaboration between the Public Health Nursing Institute for Continuing Excellence at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

For more information about the course, contact Lori Rhew, the course director, at Lori.Rhew@unc.edu.