School Nurse Certification

  • Program Overview

    The Villa Maria School, in cooperation with the School of Education, offers a post-baccalaureate degree in nursing (BSN) certificate for school nursing. The school nurse certificate program is open to registered nurses who have earned a BSN. Students who are currently enrolled in Gannon University's Villa Maria School of Nursing's BSN program may take the courses for the certificate during their undergraduate program, but do not qualify to take NURS 428 School Nursing until their licensed as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They then qualify to become certified as a school nurse.

    The purpose of this post-BSN certificate is to prepare nurses to meet the health care needs of children of all ages in diverse school settings. Health promotion, risk reduction, and health education are emphasized. The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

    Program Options

    • School Nurse Certification

    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.

  •  Gainful Employment

    School Nurse
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    Normal Time to Completion 
     2 Years
    On-Time Completion Rate 2011-12 100%
    Placement Rate for Completers 2011-12  Not required by an accrediting body
    Tuition $13,230
    Fees $538
    Books and Supplies $600
    Median Loan Debt: Title IV funds N/A

    N/A:  Either no students graduated from the program in 2011-12; none of the student(s) that graduated from that program in 2011-12 had a loan; and/or the 2011-12 median for that program is = $0.