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
Step 2: Register
Read the NHSN User Rules of Behavior by clicking on the link provided in the email.
Time to complete step 2: 10 minutes
Immediately after registration, you will receive an NHSN email,
subject "Welcome to NHSN!"
Step 3a: Request Digital Certificate
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
Immediately receive NHSN email, subject "NHSN Digital Certificate Confirmation."
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
Step 4. Begin Using the NHSN Reporting Application
Once you have successfully downloaded and installed your digital certificate, you can access NHSN by going to the SDN website at: https://sdn.cdc.gov
- Enter your challenge phrase and click Submit.
- Under “My Applications” in the upper left corner of the page, click on the NHSN Reporting
Get email updates
To receive email updates about this page, enter your email address:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Healthcare Safety Network
1600 Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30333
- Contact NHSN@cdc.gov