School Nurse Certificate

The National Association of School Nurses (2017) defines school nursing as a specialized practice of nursing that protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who 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 Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) requirements to apply for the Professional Pupil Services License as a School Nurse. For Ohio licensed nurses: after successful completion of the program, you will be eligible to submit an application the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) for licensure as a School Nurse (LSN)

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 Certificate outcomes. The School Nurse Certificate program outcomes are aligned with the ANA/NASN Scope and Standards of Professional School Nursing and the NASN 21st Centry Framework. Courses in the program include foundational courses in school nursing practice, education, and interprofessional collaboration. Courses are provided in an interdisciplinary, online format. 

  • Graduate Curriculum (Total 16-18 credit hours)
  • SNP 518 OL (3 credit hours)  Health Determinants 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, MSN, APRN, LSN, CPNP
Director, School Nurse Program

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the School Nurse Certificate program, the student will be able to:

  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.

Faculty Spotlight

Sharon See, MSN, RNC-OB, Clinical Assistant Professor
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as clinical assistant professor of NursingRead more