Occupational and environmental health nurses play a pivotal role in preventing work-related injuries and illnesses, as well as promoting the health of workers and communities. The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner — Occupational and Environmental Health (AGPCNP-OEH) specialty prepares advanced OEH nurses, leaders and researchers. The AGPCNP-OEH specialty focuses on direct patient care, the theory and practice of adult health maintenance, the diagnosis and management of chronic health problems, and the assessment and management of common health conditions. Detailed information about certification is available on the Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) web page. In addition to the education for adult-gerontology primary care, the OEHN specialty curriculum prepares students to work with working adults to prevent and, if necessary, identify and treat occupational injuries and illnesses.
OEHN graduates develop careers in a variety of settings including on-site employee health clinics in various industries, hospital-based primary care or specialty clinics, direct care or management in occupational health services, or consultation with companies, government agencies, academia, and communities. The OEHN specialty is funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and provides full or partial financial support to eligible students.
Watch the video below for an overview of the OEHN specialty.
Graduates are eligible to apply for national certification for NP through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) or the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Board for Occupational Health Nurses (ABOHN) for certification for occupational health nurses.
Current students can visit the Master of Science program's Collaborative Learning Environment site to access the curriculum (MyAccess credentials required). For individuals applying for admission for fall 2024, the sample curriculum for the BSN Entry to DNP — Advanced Nursing Focus pathway can be viewed on our Curriculum webpage. The curriculum is pending approval from the California Board of Registered Nursing. Specialty content in the winter and spring 2024 quarters will be shared after January 2024, pending approval from the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Staff Contact: Michele Keating, program analyst