School Nurse Licensure (non degree)

Admission has been suspended.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.


This non-degree School Nurse License Online Program is designed to build upon the baccalaureate nursing education and 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 faculty in the YSU Centofanti School of Nursing and the Beeghly 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 online courses, the student will be eligible for School Nurse Licensure through the Ohio Department of Education.

Admission has been suspended.

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

Admission Requirments

Students seeking admission into the School Nurse Online 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 Practicum1-5
Total Semester Hours13-17

Centofanti School of Nursing - MSN Grade Requirements 

Satisfactory academic progress at the graduate level is main­tained by satisfying the following criteria: 

  • A degree-seeking graduate student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Any required course grade of D or F must be repeated and passed with a grade of C or better. 
  • A degree-seeking graduate student must successfully meet the requirements, including the time requirement, of all comprehensive examinations of the degree program. 
  • A degree-seeking graduate student must complete with a passing grade any thesis require­ments (or the equivalent) of the degree program. 
  • A non-degree graduate student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). 

For degree programs requiring up to 39 semester hours for completion, a student may count no more than six semester hours of coursework with a grade of C toward the minimum graduation hour requirements. For students in programs requiring 40 semester hours or more for completion, no more than nine semester hours of coursework with a grade of C may count toward the mini­mum graduation hour requirement.

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.