Where Can I Earn a School Nurse Certification in Pennsylvania?

Learn about schools in Pennsylvania that offer school nurse certification programs. Get information about degree and admissions requirements, as well as tuition information, to make an informed decision about your education. Schools offering Nursing & Public Health degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

In Pennsylvania, school nurse certificate programs are available at the graduate level, and they can prepare students for professional certification. Below are brief descriptions of schools worth learning about.

What You Need to Know

At least four schools in Pennsylvania offer certificates in school nursing. Programs may be completed in three terms or roughly one year, for the most part. Pennsylvania institutions that offer school nursing certificate programs are all four-year schools, most of which are public. Admission requirements may include state licensing as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania, child abuse clearance, a background check and/or CPR certification.

School Nurse Certification Programs in Pennsylvania

Eastern University

You'll need to take four classes for a total of 12 credits to earn your School Nurse Certificate from Eastern University. Your classes will teach you the foundations of education, how to treat students with special needs and the legal responsibilities of a school nurse. The college also requires you to complete at least 100 hours of field experience as part of your school nurse practicum.

  • Program Name: School Nurse Certificate
  • Program Length: About one year, part-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $15,840 for tuition and $220 in fees (2015-2016 graduate academic year)
  • School Type: 4-year, private not-for-profit; 2,402 undergraduate students and 1,360 graduates students
  • Admissions Requirements: BSN with 3.0 GPA and current licensure as registered nurse in Pennsylvania

Millersville University

Millersville University's School Nurse Certificate program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Your classes will teach you how to treat and care for students of all ages and needs. The certificate program also includes clinical hours so that you can gain professional experience as a school nurse.

  • Program Name: School Nurse Certificate
  • Program Length: About one year, part-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,460 for in-state tuition and $2,408 in fees; $12,690 for out-of-state tuition and $2,408 in fees (2015-2016 graduate academic year)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 7,171 undergraduate students and 876 graduate students
  • Admissions Requirements: BSN with 3.0 GPA in specific undergraduate courses in nursing, current licensure as registered nurse in Pennsylvania, CPR training, criminal history check and child abuse clearance

University of Pittsburgh

The School Nurse Certificate program at the University of Pittsburgh teaches you how to care for students attending elementary and secondary schools in Pennsylvania. The program meets the criteria of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and provides the opportunity to take part in a school nurse practicum where you'll apply your studies in a school setting. Your classes will cover educational psychology and special education.

  • Program Name: School Nurse Certificate
  • Program Length: 3 terms, part-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $21,260 for in-state tuition and $800 in fees; $34,944 for out-of-state tuition and $800 in fees (2015-2016 graduate academic year)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 18,757 undergraduate students and 9,860 graduate students
  • Admissions Requirements: BSN with 3.0 GPA, criminal record clearance, child abuse history clearance and American Heart Association certification

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

The School Nurse Certification program at West Chester University of Pennsylvania prepares you to become an education specialist (school nurse) through Pennsylvania's Department of Education. The certificate requires you to earn 13 credits. Your classes will teach you about special education, school nurse mandates and community health nursing.

  • Program Name: School Nurse Certificate
  • Program Length: Less than one year, part-time
  • Tuition and Fees: $8,460 for in-state tuition and $2,312 in fees; $12,690 for out-of-state tuition and $2,312 in fees (2015-2016 graduate academic year)
  • School Type: 4-year, public; 15,000 undergraduate students and 13,000 graduate students
  • Admissions Requirements: BSN with 3.0 GPA, current licensure as registered nurse in Pennsylvania and specific college coursework

School nurse certification is available in Pennsylvania through four-year schools with graduate level nursing programs, such as Eastern University, Millersville University, University of Pittsburgh and West Chester University.

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