Online School Nurse Certification

Many schools offer school nurse certificate programs for registered nurses that can be completed via the Internet. These 1-year programs can prepare you to earn your state's certification or endorsement for practice as a school nurse. Read on for more information, including online course delivery methods, curriculum and certification information. Schools offering Nursing & Public Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Kind of Online School Nurse Programs Are Available?

The most common online school nursing program is a school nurse certificate. These programs are designed to teach professional nurses how to implement a variety of health care procedures for children and adolescents. You'll need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a current registered nurse (RN) license to be admitted. A bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may be accepted if you have completed core nursing coursework.

Program Options School nurse post-baccalaureate certificate
Online Learning Requirements Some on-campus time may be required, plus an internship; the rest of the coursework is completed online
Common Courses 10-30 credit hours of coursework including courses like school nursing theory, special education nursing, lifespan development, educational psychology
Certification Expectations Requirements vary from state to state; may require 30 hours of approved credits in school nursing education, and/or completion of an exam; in some states certification is voluntary

How Do These Distance Education Programs Work?

Even though coursework for most programs can be completed online, some may require you to attend on-campus classes a few times during the semester. You will also need to complete an internship at an elementary, middle or high school campus.

You'll need an Internet connection, an updated web browser and access to media viewing software, such as RealPlayer or QuickTime. You'll also need an e-mail address and access to a school's course management system. This will allow you to access course materials and correspond with your peers. The curriculum for online programs is typically identical to that of traditional, on-campus programs.

What Is the Curriculum Like?

Most online school nurse certificate programs will require you to complete 10-30 credit hours of coursework. You will take classes like school nursing theory, nursing public health and special education nursing. Some programs include instruction in health education techniques. Lifespan development courses are also common. Some programs include additional coursework in educational psychology or cultural studies.

How Do I Become Certified?

Procedures for earning your school nurse credentials may vary from state to state. Some states grant certification to applicants who hold a BSN and complete up to 30 hours of approved credits in school nursing education. You can usually meet these requirements by completing a school nursing certificate program.

Other states grant school nursing endorsements. If you have a bachelor's degree, they may require you to simply pass the National Certification Examination for School Nurses. The National Board for Certification of School Nurses administers this exam to registered nurses. In some states school nurse certification is voluntary.

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