NURS 4450: Public Health Nursing

NURS 4450: Public Health Nursing

About the Course

NURS 4450 Public Health Nursing is taken toward the end of the RN-BSN program and is a contact hour course. Students will complete contact hours at a community site of their choice, provided it is deemed appropriate by UCCS faculty. Below is important information about the course, instructions to enroll, and a message from the instructor, Dr. Katie Busby.

We encourage students to NOT WAIT until the last minute to complete requirements. These steps take time. Please review the deadlines below for your intended enrollment term. Please read: Important information about this course

Students living outside of Colorado must have an active, unrestricted RN license in their state before registering for NURS 4450 Public Health Nursing.  All students must live in an approved state while enrolled in the RN to BSN program.  Students relocating to other states must notify program administration.

A Message from Dr. Busby

Please watch this important message from Dr. Katie Busby regarding course requirements and what to expect.


Course Enrollment Checklist

Please read the following information carefully and follow the directions for each item. All requirements must be completed by the deadline stated below for your start time. If you do not complete these requirements before the deadline, you will not receive a permission number to register for this course. 

The deadlines above are based on when you plan to begin the NURS 4450 course.

Deadlines for Completing Checklist
Spring October 1
Summer March 1
Fall May 1

Step 1: Complete Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites for NURS 4450:

  • NURS 3040
  • NURS 3070
  • NURS 3080
  • NURS 4015
  • NURS 4350

Step 2. Read Handbook & Submit Form

Read the Student Handbook Attestation prior to signing the Intent to Apply form.

  • This signed form attests you have read the Student Handbook and that you comply with the requirements.


To complete the form, you will need to use Adobe Acrobat Reader. Acrobat Reader is available as a free download from Adobe.

All forms must be emailed to Shelby Tibuni at

Step 3. Register for MyClinicalExchange and Upload Your Documents

  • You must use your UCCS email for this.
  • Read the instructions included in the attachment below to register and upload your documents.
  • Be sure to choose the RN-BSN option.
  • You must have all of your required immunizations, current CPT certification, current nursing license (if applicable), and health insurance uploaded into MyClinicalExchange.

Access instructions for:

Step 4. Fill Out the Clinical Site Information Sheet

Determine your community health project site and project mentor.

Contact Dr. Busby at with any questions you have about projects/sites.

Step 5. Complete Background Check

  • Complete a background check through CastleBranch
  • Use the package code: NV15

Please do not send your results to us, they are sent automatically to our office.

Step 6. Complete Drug Screening

  • You are required to complete a 10-panel drug screen processed by CastleBranch
  • Use the code: NV15dt

Please do not send your results to us, they are sent automatically to our office.

Step 7. Submit Photo for Student ID Badge

Email your photo to Shelby Tibuni at Be sure and include your current mailing address in the email to Shelby Tibuni.

The picture you send to Shelby Tibuni should be one that you would use to show that you are a professional nursing student:

  • Submit a color head shot photo, taken in the last 6 months
  • Have someone else take your photo. No selfies.
  • Please use a plain background.
  • Face the camera directly with full face in view.
  • Wear professional clothing.
  • You cannot wear a hat or head covering unless it is for religious or medical reasons.
  • Do not wear headphones or earbuds