School Nurse Certificate

The National Association of School Nurses (2016) defines school nursing as a specialized practice of public health nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates normal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders that bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential. 

Program Approval

The program curriculum is developed in accordance with the mission, goals, and expected student outcomes. The completion of the program requirements meets the ODHE requirements to apply for the Professional Pupil Services License as a School Nurse. Following successful approval by ODHE, the student may then attain the title of School Nurse (LSN). 

Student Qualifications for Admission

  • Possess and maintain an active Ohio Board of Nursing RN license
  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in previous or current higher education
  • Complete the School Nurse Certificate application available online.
  • Send official transcripts of all higher education work to:

Ashland University
Enrollment Services
401 College Avenue
Ashland, Ohio 44805

All but one of the courses may be completed online. The final course, the Internship, will be done in an actual school setting (either at student's current place of employment or a district nearby if not currenclty working in a school setting) with an assigned Ashland University clinical faculty member.  No on-campus attendance is required.

Upon acceptance into the program, each student will be assigned an academic advisor and faculty mentor to assist in course planning and program progression. The School Nurse Certificate curriculum was developed in alignment with the Ashland University mission, the purpose of the Ashland University Graduate School, and the School Nurse Program Outcomes. Courses in the program include foundational courses in school nursing practice, education, and interprofessional collaboration. Courses are provided in an interdisciplinary format. 

  • Graduate Curriculum (Total 16-18 credit hours)
  • SNP 518 OL (3 credit hours)  Health Determenants and Academic Indicators
  • SNP 520 OL (2-3 credit hours)  Educational Strategies for Healthcare Providers
  • SNP 525 OL (3 credit hours)  Health Care of the School Community
  • EDIS 546 OL (3 credit hours)  Introduction to Educational Intervention
  • PSYC 594 OL (3 credit hours)  Advanced Study of Child Development
  • SNP 680 (2-4 credit hours)*  School Nurse Internship
  • OL = online

*Note: The amount of Internship credit required is determined through the verification and duration of previous school nurse experience.

For further information, please contact:

Ashland University College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Kimberly Stanislo
Director, School Nurse 

School Nurse Director

Kimberly Stanislo, MSN, APRN, LSN, CPNP
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, School Nurse Program

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