Masters of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in School Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in School Nursing is one of two tracks in the existing Master of Science in Nursing Program. Curriculum includes a total of 37 credits with 16 credits devoted to core courses and 21 credits in the school nursing specialization. This program integrates content required by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) for the Standard Non-Instructional School Nurse Certificate and the Standard (Instructional) School Nurse Certificate with graduate-level nursing knowledge, skills, and competencies needed to thrive in schools and community settings.  It is designed to build on nursing baccalaureate education, contemporary nursing practice parameters, and disciplinary competencies.    

The specialization is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education in meeting requirements for the Standard Non-Instructional School Nurse Certificate (N.J.A.C. 6A:9B -14.4) and the Standard (Instructional) School Nurse Endorsement (N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.3). The Master of Science in Nursing Degree is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

School Nurse Certificate/Specialization Requirements
NURS 614Role of the School Nurse I: Care Coordination3
NURS 616Role of the School Nurse II: Reducing Barriers to Health & Learning 13
NURS 600Science Of Health Promotion 3
NURS 642Advanced Health Assessment 3
NURS 672School Nurse Practicum I 23
Subtotal CreditsUpon successful completion of the above 15 credits students are eligible for the Non-Instructional School Nurse Certificate15
NURS 622Curriculum Design, Development & Evaluation in School Health Education3
NURS 673School Nurse Practicum II 33
Subtotal CreditsUpon successful completion of the above 21 credits students are eligible for the Standard (Instructional) School Nurse Certificate21
Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in School Nursing Degree Requirements
NURS 601Theory Development in Advanced Practice Nursing Science3
NURS 609Healthcare Delivery Systems and Social Policy3
NURS 610Research Methodology3
NURS 630Advanced Pathopharmacology4
NURS 679Capstone: Program Evaluation3
Subtotal16
TotalUpon successful completion of all 37 credits students are eligible for the Master of Science with a Major in Nursing Degree37

Students who complete the Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in School Nursing at NJCU will be able to:

  1. Engage in the processes of scholarship, critical thinking, communication and research for practice and advanced study. 
  2. Employ information systems technology and inter-professional collaboration to manage and transform clinical and educational practice.
  3. Evaluate socioeconomic and health care policy issues and trends that affect advanced practice and nursing education.  
  4. Provide leadership to promote effective change in health care delivery systems and nursing education through integration of advanced nursing knowledge, theories and principles for effective outcomes.
  5. Design population-centered and culturally responsive strategies in the delivery of clinical and educational practice. 
  6. Assimilate the role of the school nurse in schools and communities with diverse populations.
  7. Demonstrate competencies in using evidence-based practice to design, implement, and evaluate nursing services and health education curricula in schools and communities.