MSN in School Nursing

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 School 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 School of Nursing and  Office of Field Experiences. Clinical experience applications must be submitted by the due date on the practicum checklist after eligibility has been confirmed. Failure to submit an application for the clinical experiences will result in a delay in program completion. 

View required courses and course descriptions in the University Course Catalog
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Application Deadline*

August 1st: Fall semesterDecember 1st: Spring semester
May: 1st Summer semester

*Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a space availability basis

Contact Us

Professor Karen Phillips  
Program Coordinator: School Nurse Certificate, MSN & MEd in School Nursing

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's degree (BSN) from an accredited college or university and official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended.
  • 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