School Nurse Certificate Program

Are you a caring, passionate individual looking to become a certified school nurse? If so, the Ashland University School Nurse program is for you.

School nurses are leaders who bridge the gap between healthcare and education. This post-bachelor’s certificate program consists of online coursework and a 160 to 320-hour internship* in a school setting. Completion prepares students to practice as a professional School Nurse in alignment with the ANA and NASN Scope and Standards of Professional School Nursing Practice.

Contact Us

Kimberly Stanislo
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing , Director of the School Nurse Program
216, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6868
kstanisl@ashland.edu

Admission Requirements

  • Possess and maintain an active unencumbered RN license
  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accreditied institution of higher learning
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in previous or current higher education
  • Complete the School Nurse Certificate application
  • Send official transcripts for all higher education work to:
         Ashland University
         Enrollment Services
         401 College Avenue
         Ashland, Ohio 44805

Admission to the School Nursing program is on a rolling basis. Students may apply and begin coursework during any semester. The flexible curriculum allows students to complete the program on their time shedule. 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 currently working in a school setting) with an assigned Ashland University clinical faculty member. No on-campus attendance is required.

Curriculum Guide

AU CourseCourse DescriptionSemester HoursPrerequisites
PSYCH 594 Advanced Study of Child Development 3 None
SNP 520 Educational Strategies for Healthcare Providers 2-3 None
SNP 518 Health Determinants and Academic Indicators 3 None
EDIS 546 Introduction to Educational Intervention 3 None
SNP 525 Health Care of the School Community 3 None (recommended 1st course)
SNP 680 Internship: School Nurse 2 or 4 Permission following completion of all other courses, holds Bachelor degree, unencumbered RN license, 3.0 GPA

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the School Nurse Certificate program, you’ll:

  1. Utilize the nursing process to deliver age appropriate and culturally competent care in the school setting
  2. Demonstrate safe nursing practices in communication and information management
  3. Utilize professional behavior skills to provide leadership in the practice of school nursing
  4. Integrate evidence and research nursing to contribute to quality school nursing practice
  5. Evaluate his/her own nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines of School Nursing
  6. Promote a healthy, safe, collaborative practice environment

Contact Us

Kimberly Stanislo
Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing , Director of the School Nurse Program
216, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.521.6868
kstanisl@ashland.edu

Admission Requirements

  • Possess and maintain an active unencumbered RN license
  • Possess a bachelor's degree from an accreditied institution of higher learning
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in previous or current higher education
  • Complete the School Nurse Certificate application
  • Send official transcripts for all higher education work to:
         Ashland University
         Enrollment Services
         401 College Avenue
         Ashland, Ohio 44805

Admission to the School Nursing program is on a rolling basis. Students may apply and begin coursework during any semester. The flexible curriculum allows students to complete the program on their time shedule. 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 currently working in a school setting) with an assigned Ashland University clinical faculty member. No on-campus attendance is required.

Curriculum Guide

AU CourseCourse DescriptionSemester HoursPrerequisites
PSYCH 594 Advanced Study of Child Development 3 None
SNP 520 Educational Strategies for Healthcare Providers 2-3 None
SNP 518 Health Determinants and Academic Indicators 3 None
EDIS 546 Introduction to Educational Intervention 3 None
SNP 525 Health Care of the School Community 3 None (recommended 1st course)
SNP 680 Internship: School Nurse 2 or 4 Permission following completion of all other courses, holds Bachelor degree, unencumbered RN license, 3.0 GPA

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the School Nurse Certificate program, you’ll:

  1. Utilize the nursing process to deliver age appropriate and culturally competent care in the school setting
  2. Demonstrate safe nursing practices in communication and information management
  3. Utilize professional behavior skills to provide leadership in the practice of school nursing
  4. Integrate evidence and research nursing to contribute to quality school nursing practice
  5. Evaluate his/her own nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines of School Nursing
  6. Promote a healthy, safe, collaborative practice environment

What to Expect in the School Nurse Program

The National Association of School Nurses defines school nursing as a specialized nursing practice that:

  • Protects and promotes student health
  • Facilitates optimal development
  • Advances academic success

The School Nurse program at Ashland University will ground you in ethical and evidence-based practice and prepare you for proper care coordinating and advocacy for quality student-center care. 

School Nurse Program Benefits

The completion of this program’s requirements meets the Ohio Department of Education’s (ODE) requirements to apply for the Professional Pupil Services License as a School Nurse. Ohio licenced nurses will be eligible to submit an application to the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for licensure as a School Nurse (LSN).

Other program benefits include:

  • Fully online program
  • Rolling admission with five starting points per year
  • Flexibility in speed of program completion
  • Innovative, redesigned curriculum aligned with NASN
  • Framework for 21st Century School Nursing Practice
  • Direct contact with the program director
  • Complete at your own pace
  • 16-19 credit hours (curriculum revison pending Fall 2019)*

***The amount of internship credit required is determined by verification of the type of previous experience as a nurse in a school setting

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