The School Nurse Certificate Program is open to registered nurses who have earned a BSN degree and to students who are currently enrolled in La Roche College's BSN Degree Completion Program. This program is offered by the Department of Nursing in conjunction with the Teacher Education Department at La Roche College. This program is designed for the professional nurse who desires to focus on the health care needs of children in the school setting. The school nurse may practice in school-based, school-linked or collaborative school health programs. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Certification as a School Nurse
Each student must complete the requirements for school nurse certification. The school nurse certificate will then be issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The program can be completed as part of the BSN degree program with the addition of EDSP2015, EDSP3015, EDSP4015 and MLED2000. The program can also be completed by the student who already holds a BSN or MSN degree. The applicant's transcript will be evaluated and analyzed for congruence with the program objectives and standards set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. If all prerequisites are met, the applicant may then be granted full admission to the program. The program may be completed in sixteen credits (five courses and one practicum experience). If additional course work is required, the applicant will be granted provisional status until prerequisites are met.
The courses for the certificate program are to be taken in sequence. All courses in the School Nurse Certificate Program must be taken at La Roche College.
- EDSP2015 Introduction to High Incidence Disabilities (three credits)
- EDSP3015 Low Incidence Disabilities (three credits)
- EDSP4015 Developing the IEP (three credits)
- MLED2000 Meeting the Instructional Needs of English Language Learners (three credits)
- NURU4030 School Nurse: Child Health in an Inclusive Setting (four credits)
The State of Pennsylvania requires a 100-hour practicum with a certified school nurse. This practicum will be arranged during the NURU4030 Child Health and the School Nurse course. Practicum experiences are contracted with the school and preceptor by the Teacher Education Division. This experience enables the student to meet the standards set for the School Nurse Certificate Program by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
PA Department of Education Requirements:
All candidates for school nurse certification must also complete the following requirements prior to admission to the program:
- 3 credits college level English Composition
- 3 credits college level English Literature
- 3 credits college level Math (college level algebra or higher)
- 3 credits college level math (higher than college level algebra)
Post BSN or Post MSN Students:
Applicants who have an earned BSN or MSN degree and seek admission to the School Nurse Certificate Program must:
- Current PA RN License
- BSN transcript with cumulative QPA of 3.0
- Professional experience (1-2 years)
- Act 33 and 34 clearances (apply for)
After acceptance, before beginning coursework:
- Current Act 33 and 34 clearances
- Current CPR certification
For NURU4030 -- completion of Department of Nursing health requirements and RN student professional liability insurance.
- Successful completion of Education courses (minimum C grade)
- Successful completion of NURU4030 and the 100 hour practicum (minimum C grade)
- Satisfactory attainment of practicum objectives
- Successful achievement of school nurse end-of-program objectives.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.0
End of Program Objectives School Nurse Certificate Program
Upon completion of the School Nurse Certificate Program, the student will be able to:
- Utilize the knowledge base for critical thinking and decision making in nursing practice.
- Utilize a systematic approach to problem-solving in nursing practice.
- Assess, plan and provide appropriate nursing care for children and evaluate the identified outcomes of care.
- Utilize effective written, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills.
- Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to establish and maintain a comprehensive school health program.
- Collaborate with other school professionals, parents and caregivers to meet the health, developmental and educational needs of clients.
- Collaborate with members of the community in the delivery of health and social services, and utilize knowledge of community health systems and resources to function as a school-community liaison.
- Assist students, families and the school community to achieve optimal levels of wellness through appropriately designed and delivered health education.
- Contribute to nursing and school health through innovations in practice and participation in research or research-related activities.
- Identify, delineate and clarify the nursing role, promote quality of care, pursue continued professional enhancement and demonstrate professional conduct.