Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

School Nurse, Certification

The School Nurse Certificate program is totally online and consists of 21 graduate credits, which includes a 100-hour practicum with a Certified School Nurse. The program prepares RNs with a BS or BA (in any field) for Level I Certification in Pennsylvania as School Nurses. Some states may accept the PA certificate as a basis to grant their own state certificate.

Requirements for program include:

  • A completed BS or BA degree, in any field, from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A current, unencumbered PA RN license
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher for admission and maintaining a 3.0 GPA throughout the program
  • PA Department of Education mandates
  • Current CPR certification prior to NURS 622 / NURS 623 practicum experience
  • The following clearances:
    • Act 34 - PA State Police Criminal Record Check
    • Act 151 - PA Child Abuse History
    • Act 114 - FBI Background Check
  • Proof of professional malpractice insurance
  • Signed preceptor school district contract
  • Act 31 Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse: Mandated and Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania Online Training

Related Links

School Nurse Certification Program Page

School Nurse Fact Sheet

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

Required Courses
NURS 603Essentials in Professional School Nursing3
NURS 622Nursing Practice for School Populations3
NURS 623Nursing Practice for School Populations PR3
SPED 530Nursing Issues in Special Education3
SPED 625Instructional Strategies for Learning and Behavioral Problems3
SPED 628Developmental Disabilities3
SEFE 607The Theories and Teaching of English Language Learners3
Total Hours21

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions