Department of Public Health
The school nurse certification program is a post-baccalaureate non degree program offered jointly by the Departments of Public Health and Nursing. The curriculum content of this program is comparable to graduate level study. 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.
Students seeking certification in both health and physical education are afforded this opportunity through interdisciplinary studies. The physical education courses required for this certification are offered through the Department of Kinesiology (formerly Exercise and Movement Science). The 18 credit health requirement is met through courses offered in the Department of Public Health. This coursework prepares the student to address a variety of issues contained in the K-12 health curriculum. Students completing these requirements are eligible to take the PRAXIS (National Teaching Exam) and become certified to teach physical education and health grades K-12.