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

Course Descriptions

PBHL 5020 Teaching School Health.

This course is designed to provide the students with the skills, knowledge and philosophy necessary to become a successful school health educator. Principles and procedures used in the teaching, planning and evaluation the school health program are emphasized. (Instructional track only)

PBHL 5500 School Health Services I

This course presents the organization and administration of school health services. The responsibilities of the nurse regarding assessment and referral of children and adolescents with health problems and concerns will be explored with an emphasis on primary preventative services. The position and role of the school nurse in the educational system will be identified. A one day observational experience in the school setting and attendance at a county school nurses' meeting will be required.

PBHL 5510 School Health Services II

This course continues the discussion of the provision of school health services and application of the nursing process begun in PBHL 5500 School Health Practice I. Primary, secondary and tertiary health interventions are explored in relation to the role of the nurse int he school setting. Discussion of the legal aspects of practice in the school setting, dynamics of the family system, socioeconomic status and current social issues that impact health and educational progress of the school age child are explored. A one day observational experience in the school setting is required for this course.

PBHL 5520 School Health Student Teaching Practicum

This course is a one semester 144 hour field experience required for standard educational services certification with school nurse endorsement. Half of the hours to be completed in the nurses' office with a cooperating certified school nurse, and half in the classroom with a cooperating certified health educator under the supervision of WP faculty. This experience provides the student an opportunity to implement school health services and to teach in the classroom. Students meet in seminar sessions with faculty throughout the semester. (For students in the Instructional Track only)

PBHL 5530 School Health Student Teaching In-Service

This one semester 144 hour field experience required for a standard educational services certification with school nurse endorsement. Half of the hours to be completed in the nurses' office with a cooperating certified school nurse, and half in the classroom with a cooperating certified health educator under the supervision of WP faculty. This experience provides the student an opportunity to implement school health services and to teach in the classroom. Students meet in seminar sessions with faculty throughout the semester. (for students in the Instructional Track who are currently employment as a school nurse under emergency certification only)

SPC 5550 Educational Foundations in a Diverse Society

This introductory course introduces teacher candidates to the diversity of perspectives needed to understand special education in today’s public school settings for students with exceptional learning needs (ELN). The class will help candidates begin to develop the awareness, sensitivity, knowledge, skills, and competence necessary to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.  A major emphasis of the course will be placed on the disability categories in the Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004) including Autism, their etiology and characteristics, and the implementation of educational programs to accommodate these students. In addition, participants will understand the historical roots of the American education system, as well as the current reform trends and critical issues facing education and educators. 

CSP 5601 Counseling For School Nurses

This course is designed for school nursing students in order to enhance their basic counseling skills. It is not intended to train professionally-prepared counselors. This course will stress active listening skills, as well as basic interviewing techniques for use with children at different developmental levels. Utilization of these skills with parents and school personnel will also be addressed.

PSY 6830 Substance Abuse Interventions

The aim of this courses is to provide students with basic knowledge about pharmacology and toxicities of drugs of abuse and about substance abuse disorders. This course also introduces students to the therapeutic approaches and community resources that are most useful in intervening in these disorders. Area covered include: alcohol, marijuana, heroin, amphetamines and abused derivatives of amphetamines, cocaine, and barbiturates. The course also addresses other addictive/compulsive disorders such as gambling addictions and eating disorders. Students learn counseling intervention techniques for persons with addictive/compulsive disorders.

EDLP 6170 Legal Issues for School Nurses

This course is offered for candidates in the school nurse certification program and is not required for the principal licensure programs. DEsigned to examine the challenges confronting school nurses within and without the framework of federal and state laws relating to education. The course examines legal concepts relating to students, staff, the board of education and the community in teh context of the role and responsibilities of school nurses. Specific attention is given to legal issues such as students and special needs, complulsory education, records, safety, employee rights and benefits, child abuse reporting procedures, and HIPPA. These issues are examined from the perspective of school nurses.

For Additional Information

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