School Nurse Certification

About the Program

The school nurse certification program is a graduate level non-degree program offered by the Department of Public Health. 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 Register 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.

Curriculum Requirements for the Non-Instructional Track

Program Requirements (18 credits)

PBHL 5500 School Health Services I 3
PBHL 5510 School Health Service II 3
EDLP 6170 Legal Issues for School Nurses 3
SPC   5550 Education in a Diverse Society 3
CSP   5601 Counseling for School Nurses 3
PSY   6830 Substance Abuse Interventions 3

Exit Requirements (6 credits)

Public Health Nursing 3
Developmental Psychology 3

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.

Curriculum Requirements for the Instructional Track

Program Requirements (24 credits)

PBHL 5500 School Health Services I 3
PBHL 5510 School Health Service II 3
PBHL 5020 Teaching School Health 3
EDLP 6170 Legal Issues for School Nurses 3
SPC 5550 Education in a Diverse Society 3
CSP 5601 Counseling for School Nurses 3
PSY 6830 Substance Abuse Interventions 3
PBHL 5520 School Nurse Student Teaching Practica 3

or

PBHL 5530 School Nurse Student Teaching In-service (This option is only available to students employed as school nurses under emergency certification.) 3

Exit Requirements (6 credits)

Public Health Nursing 3
Developmental Psychology 3
For Additional Information

Contact Dr. Joanna Hayden, Director, School Nurse Certification -  haydenj@wpunj.edu.