School Nurse Certification

    • By completing the school nurse certificate you will serve in a pivotal role that bridges health care and education.
    • There is research that supports that a school nurse improves attendance through health promotion, disease prevention and disease management.
    • Students with a full-time school nurse have about half the student illness- or injury-related early releases versus students in schools without a nurse present.
    • School nurses enable better performance, which also contributes to a reduction in drop-out rates.

    You Will Learn

    By completing the School Nurse Certificate you will learn to meet the healthcare needs of children of all ages in diverse school settings. Health promotion, health risk reduction and heath education are emphasized across the curriculum. This program of study offers the knowledge and skills necessary to establish and maintain a comprehensive school health program.

    This online program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification as a school nurse.

    You Will Experience

    An online learning environment permits asynchronous learning to fit personal and professional schedules.

    This program offers:

    • a 23-credit program that can be completed in as few as two to three semesters.
    • a 100-hour practicum experience supervised by team of certified school nurses.
    • a practicum experience that can be completed at a school district in the student's geographic area.

    Personalized academic advising tailored to individual needs is part of the certificate experience, so program progression is facilitated and timely.

    You Will Achieve

    This program is designed for RNs who have already earned a BSN degree, and will prepare students to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Level I certification as a School Nurse.

    You will Study

    NURS 428 School Nursing

    This course is designed to focus on the professional nurse's role in school health. Emphasis is placed on the dimensions of school nursing; 100 hours of supervised clinical in school nursing is required.

    EDCR 414 Sociology of Education

    This course addresses the intersection of education and various other institutions and structures in American society, such as family, marriage, economics, politics, religion, gender, ability, social class, race and ethnicity. Participants study theoretical perspectives underlying education systems, learning theories that inform education curricula and programs, the structure, positions, roles, and processes involved in schools, and the relationship between educational systems and societies.

    SPED 101 Special Education Overview

    This course provides a basic understanding of the federal mandates associated with special education. Candidates are introduced to: characteristics of various exceptionalities; pre-referral strategies and intervention; cultural diversity; curricular and behavioral modalities; adaptations and instructional strategies and assessment. Historical and current legal issues in special education are also covered.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization. 

    • registered nurse: $69,790

  • Program Costs and Career Options

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