License in School Nurse Licensure

Program Description 

The School Nurse Licensure program is designed to build on an undergraduate education and to prepare registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree for school nurse licensure. Courses are taught by faculty in the Centofanti School of Nursing and in the Beeghly College of Education. 


This program requires 15-17 semester credit hours including four courses plus 300 practicum hours (5 sh 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. Courses are either online or hybrid, meeting about four (4) times during the semester. After the completion of the courses, the student will receive a post-baccalaureate certificate. 

Admission Process

Students seeking admission into the school nurse licensure program must have an undergraduate degree (BSN) with coursework 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).

An Ohio Registered Nurse license is required for practicum placement. For more information and specific course descriptions, see the School Nurse Licensure Program Description or contact Dr. Valerie O'Dell at 

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