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College of Extended Learning

Certificate in Occupational Health Nursing (OHN)

Enhance your nursing expertise with the tools and knowledge necessary in today’s Occupational Health sector. The 11-course program (see course descriptions here) will prepare you to practice as an Occupational Health Nurse (OHN). You will gain the skills to assess and promote employee health, prevent injury and disease, facilitate rehabilitation of ill or injured employees, position occupational health as a business strategy, develop compliance strategies to address health and safety legislation, and more.

The UNB College of Extended Learning has been the leader in online Occupational Health & Safety education for the past two decades.


  • Gain solid knowledge and skills related to OHN management positions
  • Complete the course online and at your own pace
  • Instructional guidance and online support is readily available by phone or email

Program details

This program has been developed by certified and experienced Occupational Health Nursing professionals and subject matter experts and is available online in a self-paced learning format that fits your schedule. When you enrol, UNB staff will be there to meet your unique needs. Here is a complete list of instructors.

There are two courses that incorporate practical experience within the learner's community:

  • COHN 5120 - Occupational Health Screening & Analysis: Online learning is supplemented with four supervised skill demonstrations within the learner's local community
  • COHN 5210 - Final Occupational Health Nursing Project: An approved work placement complements the online learning, permitting students to apply the cumulative knowledge gained from courses to a real time Occupational Health Nursing setting

Find out more about your prior learning options for the OHN certificate.

Fees and schedule

The OHN Certificate can be taken one course at a time, at an introductory rate of $695 per course. Students have 13 weeks to complete each course. Complete the full certificate in two to three years part-time. If you do not want to complete the entire certificate, you can enrol in any individual course.


The applicant must be a Registered Nurse (RN) and must meet one of the following work experience criteria to be accepted into this program:

  1. Minimum six months of experience in an RN role and currently employed full-time as an RN; or
  2. Minimum two years of clinical practice experience, regardless of current employment status.

RNs that do not meet the work experience criteria but feel they have special circumstances can apply and their application will be reviewed. Please email with any questions.

Please ensure your application is complete with the following attachments to prove you meet the above prerequisite criteria:

  1. Registered Nurse (RN) - please provide your practice permit valid for this year from your respective province. Example from Alberta can be printed thru
  2. Work Experience as an RN - please provide your most current resume clearly outlining your years of experience as an RN.

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More information

UNB Online
Tel.: 506-453-4694
Toll Free: 1-888-259-4222

10 MacKay Drive, PO Box 4400
Fredericton, NB
E3B 5A3
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