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Public Health Nurse

Career data updated last on 10/6/2014
Public Health Nurse Public health nurses, also called community health nurses, are registered nurses with special training and experience in providing public health services in health departments, homes, schools, the workplace and community health agencies. Public health nurses must be able to work independently to provide health screening, home care, patient education and consultation to groups and individuals.
Salary $34.42 hourly- $71.590 annually
Significant Points The emphasis on health education has been coupled with a growing demand for qualified health educators. Employers have recognized that those trained specifically in health education are better qualified to perform those duties. Therefore, demand for health professionals with a background specifically in health education has increased.
Specializations Public health/community health nurses may specialize in any of seven areas:
  • Clinic nurse
  • Child health
  • Home health nurse
  • Maternal health
  • School nurse
  • Communicable & Occupational health
  • Chronic diseases
Work Environment Public health/community health nurses are employed by local and state health departments, private industry, home health agencies and school systems.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including one biological science, one physical science and one lab course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History; and two years of a second language.
Academic Requirements Public health nurses must have a BSN (four-year degree) in Nursing. Community health nursing positions in school health, clinics, etc. require the nurse to be registered (RN) and then receive additional education as well as supervised on-the-job experience, either during or beyond nursing school, in community settings. Additional training and education is provided through local health departments and schools of nursing or can be at the graduate level for BSN-prepared nurses.


University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
Bachelor Degree Bachelor's    On-line program available On-line program available
Masters Degree Master's    On-line program available On-line program available
University of Northern Colorado
Masters Degree Master's    On-line program available On-line program available

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