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This non-degree School Nurse License Program is designed to build upon undergraduate education and to prepare the school nurse to be an effective member of the professional school community. This online program requires 15-17 semester credit hours with courses taught by both the Nursing Program and the College of Education.

Included in the program are 300 practicum hours (5 s.h. credit) in a school setting under the supervision of a licensed school nurse preceptor and a university faculty member. This practicum may be taken in increments to accommodate the working student. Opportunities for practicum hours to be waived (up to 200 hours) are considered on an individual basis for nurses with school nurse experience. After completion of the courses, the student will be eligible for School Nurse Licensure through the Ohio Department of Education.

Admission Requirments

Students seeking admission into the School Nurse Licensure Program must have a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN) with course work in growth and development, psychology, sociology, and community health. Students must be licensed to practice nursing in Ohio, or eligible to be licensed (graduate of an approved school of nursing). The Ohio RN license is necessary prior to practicum placement.

All nursing applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • ·Cumulative grade-point average in undergraduate work of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • Hold a BSN degree from an accredited program
  • Current Registered Nurse license and a minimum of one year professional work experience by date of application.
  • Current CPR certification, current immunizations, drug screening and criminal background checks are to be maintained while in the program;

Students not meeting regular admission requirements may be provisionally admitted. See the Graduate Bulletin under Provisional Admission. Applicants must submit the following items to the College of Graduate Studies,

  • Official transcripts for each college or institution of higher learning attended (other than YSU)
  • Three satisfactory Recommendation Reference Forms: one each from a faculty member, an employer, and a colleague
  • Letter of intent (300 words maximum) stating one’s professional career goals
  • Resume or curriculum vita (including education, work and/or research experience, publications, certifications, licenses, grants, professional affiliations, awards, honors, presentations, and/or courses taught)

School Nurse License (Non-Degree) Requirements

SPED 6900Issues, Trends & Ethical, Legal and Professional Guidelines in Special Education3
NURS 6907Health Assessment of School Children3
NURS 7014Health Management in Schools3
NURS 7016School Nurse Role3
NURS 7017School Nurse Role Practicum3-5
Total Semester Hours15-17

Learning Outcomes

  • Work in the clinical practice specialty of school health using advanced practice roles.
  • Incorporate a variety of theories from nursing and related fields into nursing practice and management roles.
  • Analyze social issues related to the Health Care Delivery System and Advanced Nursing Practice.