The OHN fundamentals course will provide instruction on basic (routine) occupational health nursing and how it is practiced in the US Navy. The course is intended for new OHN's that do not have formal Occupational Health Nurse training or are new to the Navy Occupational Medicine program who will be practicing in an occupational medicine clinic or have significant occupational medicine-related workload. The course will cover history of occupational medicine, workplace hazards, risk communication, Navy Occupational Health programs, worksite visits, and available resources. This is not a board review course.

General Information

2020 Course Dates:

15-19 JUNE 2020 – Registration open!

Funding: Student commands will have to fund travel and per diem. There is no registration cost.

Location: (River’s Edge Community Center/NEX, Bldg 256, (Class is held in the Conference Room) at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA campus):

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Enter NMCP through the Main Gate at NMCP (preferably in left-most lane—marked in morning with orange traffic cones). Once through Main gate take an immediate left at 4-way stop. Then take next left at 3-way stop onto Williamson Drive. Follow Williamson Drive as it curves around the campus; name will change to Gendreau Road. Take a right onto Sterling Cook Road, then take the first right into parking lot. The River’s Edge Community Center (building has white façade with “RIVER’S EDGE” sign and is a single story) will be on your left as you turn onto Sterling Cook Road. Limited parking is available in front of the building, do not park in parking spaces labeled for either “NEX Customer” or “Aquatic Center.” A large lot is located on the opposite side of the street for additional parking. The conference room is not in the main hospital buildings- if you find yourself in a multi-level building, you are in the wrong place.

Class hours:

Monday-Wednesday: 0800-1730

Thursday: 0700-1630

Friday: 0800-1230

Uniform of the day for military is NWU or service khaki (no flight suits). For civilians, business casual attire is appropriate. Students MUST bring steel-toed footwear for an industrial site visit during the course.

Food is available at the River’s Edge restaurant located in the same building as the conference room and a mini-mart exchange adjacent to the River’s Edge building. There is also a Galley in Bldg 2, 1st deck, a food court in Bldg. 3, 2nd deck with a Subway, Panda Express, White lotus sushi, Auntie Anne’s, Pie-O-Neer, and Dancing Goat Cafe. There is a mini-exchange with grab-n-go food and snack options next to the food court as well.


The Portsmouth/Chesapeake/Norfolk area is part of the Integrated Lodging Program. The hotel must be booked in DTS under Preferred Commercial Lodging tab in order to get the government rate of $86.40.


Navy Gateway Inns and Suites 1579 Andrew St, Portsmouth, VA 23709 Portsmouth, VA 757-394-91651-877-NAVY-BED 2.9 miles no tolls
Candlewood Suites 4809 Market Place Chesapeake, VA 23321 757-405-3030 18 miles no tolls
Hampton Inn Norfolk/Chesapeake 701 Woodlake Drive Norfolk, VA 23320 757-420-1550 18.2 miles no tolls
Delta Hotels by Marriott 725 Woodlake Drive Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-523-1500 18.2 miles no tolls
Springhill Suites Greenbrier 1446 Crossways Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23320 855-883-4400 19.1 miles no tolls
Aloft 1454 Crossways Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-410-9562 19.2 miles no tolls
Comfort Suites 1550 Crossways Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23320 757-420-1600 19.4 miles no tolls
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Norfolk Airport 1500 North Military Hwy Norfolk, VA 23502 757-466-8000 25.8 miles no tolls
Hampton Inn Norfolk-Naval Base 8501 Hampton Boulevard Norfolk, VA 23505 757-489-1000 33.9 miles no tolls


Travel Information and Alternate Routes

The closest airport is Norfolk International Airport (ORF).

Please be aware that Hampton Roads has tolls all over the area and we encourage you not to take these routes. If you do receive a bill in the mail at later date, you can submit an amendment to your travel voucher.

Although it may take longer, alternate routes are available and they include: Route 13 Military Highway Gilmerton Bridge and the Interstate 64 (I-64) High Rise Bridge. In addition, riders on public transportation, such as buses and the ferry service will not be charged toll fees. For more information on public transit options, visit www.gohrt.com

Quota Request / Student Registration Request

Please click on link below and submit completed request to Course POC. 

⟫ Student Registration Request PDF


Course POC

Contact information for OHN Fundamentals Course email: usn.hampton-roads.navmcpubhlthcenpors.list.nmcphc-ohncourse@mail.mil