Degrees and Requirements

Nursing - School Nurse Certification

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.

Program Requirements
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)

Admission Requirements

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:

  • Submit completed application along with the $50 application fee
  • Provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Have a cumulative QPA of at least 3.0
  • Obtain Criminal Background and Child Abuse Clearances (Act 33 and 34 clearance). Visit the La Roche College Cx background clearances website by CLICKING HERE.
  • Submit a personal essay that addresses the reasons for seeking school nurse certification and a statement of future professional goals
  • Have a minimum of one or two years nursing experience: pediatrics, maternal-child or trauma/ER nursing preferred
  • Submit copies of current Pennsylvania RN license, CPR certification, professional liability insurance and completed Department of Nursing health requirements

    Currently Enrolled BSN Students:
    Students who are currently enrolled in the RN-BSN Completion Program at La Roche College and who apply to the Certificate Program must:

  • Submit completed application ($50 application fee waived)
  • Have a cumulative QPA of at least 3.0.
  • Obtain Criminal Background and Child Abuse Clearances (Act 33 and 34 clearance). Visit the La Roche College Cx background clearances website by CLICKING HERE.
  • Submit a personal essay that addresses the reasons for seeking school nurse certification and a statement of future professional goals
  • Have a minimum of one or two years nursing experience: pediatric, maternal-child, or trauma/ER nursing preferred
  • Complete all program prerequisites, liberal arts courses and all required nursing courses
  • Submit copies of current Pennsylvania RN license, CPR certification, professional liability insurance and completed Department of Nursing health requirements

Entrance Criteria:

  • 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.

Exit Criteria

  • 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.

Summary of Requirements

Required Courses: 16 credits

  • EDSP2015
    INTRO TO HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, ACCOMODATIONS, & ADAPTATIONS|

    EDSP2015
    INTRO TO HIGH INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, ACCOMODATIONS, & ADAPTATIONS|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course provides students an opportunity to explore foundations of special education in the United States including: characteristics of each disability category, legislation, over-representation of diverse students, academic and functional needs of students with disabilities, individual learning differences, least restrictive environment, implications for a Standards Aligned System, collaboration and transition. Students will develop an understanding of Accommodations and Adaptations for inclusive environments.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDSP3015
    INTRO TO LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, METHODS & PRACTICUM|

    EDSP3015
    INTRO TO LOW INCIDENCE DISABILITIES, METHODS & PRACTICUM|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to prepare students with the skills necessary to effectively teach individuals with severe disabilities, identify the relationships of organizations to school systems, laws and policies that are related to the implementation of specialized health care in the educational setting, and demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of individuals so as to develop effective instructional plans that will contribute to effective programs.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • EDSP4015
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE IEP & INCLUSION IN LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT|

    EDSP4015
    DEVELOPMENT OF THE IEP & INCLUSION IN LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT|

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The focus of this culminating course is to prepare the student teacher with a realistic overview of teaching special education in Pennsylvania. The student will create an IEP, become familiar with Inclusion and collaboration, write reflections based on current issues/trends in special education, participate in discussions, create useful artifacts, discuss significant court cases, and understand Transition. The student will also comprehend the special education continuum of services available to the identified student.

    PREREQUISITES:

    EDSP2015

  • MLED2000
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THEMULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM |

    MLED2000
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN THEMULTICULTURAL CLASSROOM |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces the most important principles and practices for teachers of children with home languages other than English. Students examine the implications of cultural and linguistic variation for English Language learners. We focus on how educators work in the classroom, the school, and the community to support these learners' language development and academic learning.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • NURU4030
    SCHOOL NURSE:CHILD HEALTH IN AN INCLUSIVE SETTING |

    NURU4030
    SCHOOL NURSE:CHILD HEALTH IN AN INCLUSIVE SETTING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 4/4

    The course is designed to guide students in coming to understand the scope and responsibilities of the school nurse in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating school health for children K-12. The role of the school nurse in meeting the health care needs of all children, including healthy children, special needs children, children from different cultures, and children with ELL needs will be a primary focus. Emphasis is on health promotion and maintenance at all levels of a child's development. The unique role of the school nurse in caring for children as well as collaborating with parents will emphasized. Students will utilize evidence-based nursing practice as a basis for nursing care and school personnel. The course includes a 100 hour practicum under the guidance of a certified school nurse.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    This course is available only to students accepted into the School Nurse Certificate Program & EDSP3015 & MLED2000 & EDSP4015