MSN in School Nursing

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The MSN in School Nursing is a 33-credit graduate degree programThis concentration focuses on assisting school nurses in expanding their knowledge, value, and skills in school nursing. The 33 credit program consists of 24 credits of the school nurse instructional program and 9 credits of graduate core courses in the Department of Nursing. The student is also eligible for the Educational Services Endorsement as a certified school nurse when the 24 credits of the school nurse program is completed. Eight courses (NUR 5500, NUR 5510, NUR 5021, NUR 6170, NUR 5520, CSP 5601, SPC 5010, and PSY 6830) are needed to complete the New Jersey School Nurse Instructional Certification.  

+Clinical practice, through the School Nurse Student Teaching Practicum requires prior application through the Office of Field Experiences. Clinical experience applications must be submitted as soon as possible after eligibility has been confirmed. Failure to submit an application for the clinical experiences will result in a delay in program completion. 

View requirements and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline

Rolling Enrollment: Admissions accepted Fall, Spring, or Summer

Contact Us

Professor Karen Phillips  
Program Coordinator: School Nurse Certificate, MSN & MEd in School Nursing 
Phillipsk116@wpunj.edu
973-720-3406

Admission Requirements

Each applicant must demonstrate that he or she can fulfill the requirements of the program, including the ability to read and write at a graduate level, the capability to do graduate level academic work, and an interest in nursing theory and practice. Toward this end the requirements for admission are:  

  • A bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN) 
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. 
  • A copy of a current New Jersey Registered Nursing License. 
  • A course in Developmental Psychology/Lifespan Development 
  • A course in Public Health/Community Nursing. 

Exit Requirements: 

  • Maintain B (3.0) or better GPA. 
  • Completion of 24 credits for School Nurse Instructional Certification 
  • The completion of 33 credits of prescribed graduate study including three credits in Translational Research culminating in the production of a thesis proposal. 
  • Satisfactory completion of the School Nurse Student Teaching Practicum