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User Enrollment

Step 1. Receive Email from NHSN


Once the NHSN Facility Administrator has enrolled your facility in the NHSN and designated you as a user of the NHSN, you will receive an email.




Time to complete step 1: 2 hours, 45 minutes

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Step 2: Register

Rules of behavior screen

Read the NHSN User Rules of Behavior by clicking on the link provided in the email.


Time to complete step 2: 10 minutes

blue barImmediately after registration, you will receive an NHSN email,
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Step 3a: Request Digital Certificate

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Use the password provided in the "Welcome to NHSN!" email to enroll in the Secure Data Network (SDN) and request the 'NHSN Enrollment' activity. Successful enrollment in SDN will automatically generate a request for your digital certificate.

Tip: Make a copy of your challenge phrase (password), noting upper and lower case letters and special characters.

Time to complete step 3a: 16 minutes

blue barImmediately receive NHSN email, subject "NHSN Digital Certificate Confirmation." down arrow

Step 3b: Install Digital Certificate


Within 3 business days receive PHIN email, "Action Required" and install digital certificate using instructions provided. Save a copy of your digital certificate.



Time to complete step 3b: 35 minutes

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Step 4. Begin Using the NHSN Reporting Application

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Once you have successfully downloaded and installed your digital certificate, you can access NHSN by going to the SDN website at:

  • Enter your challenge phrase and click Submit.
  • Under “My Applications” in the upper left corner of the page, click on the NHSN Reporting



CMS requirements click here for more information

Contact NHSN:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    National Healthcare Safety Network
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30333
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