School Nurse Certification Programs

About the Program

The school nurse certification program is a graduate non-degree program offered by the Department of Nursing. The program consists of two tracks, non-instructional and instructional.

Upon completion of the non-instructional track, a standard educational services certificate with school nurse/non-instructional endorsement is granted by the New Jersey Department of Education. This authorizes the holder to perform nursing services in public school grades preschool through 12. This endorsement does not authorize the holder to teach in areas related to health.

Upon completion of the instructional track, a standard educational services certificate with school nurse endorsement is granted by the New Jersey Department of Education. The school nurse endorsement authorizes the holder to perform nursing services and to teach in areas related to health in public schools in grades preschool through 12.

Admission Requirements

1. Active New Jersey Professional Registered Nurse (RN) license

2. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

3. Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher.

School Nurse Certification: Non-Instructional Track

Twenty-four (24) credits are required to complete the Non-Instructional Track. Of these, 18 credits are Program Requirements - coursework at the graduate level that must be taken at William Paterson (WP). The remaining six (6) credits are Exit Requirements - coursework that may have been taken at the undergraduate level at WP or another institution. Applications are evaluated regarding these requirements. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to remain in the program.

School Nurse Certification: Instructional Track

Thirty (30) credits are required to complete the Instructional Tract. Of these, 24 credits are Program Requirements - coursework at the graduate level that must be taken at William Paterson (WP). The remaining six (6) credits are Exit Requirements - coursework that may have been taken at the undergraduate level at WP or another institution. Applications are evaluated regarding these requirements. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to remain in the program.