School Nursing, Graduate Certificate

The School Nurse Certification at NJCU is a robust graduate-level certificate program designed to prepare bachelor’s-prepared registered nurses for the specialty practice of school nursing.  The program is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education in meeting requirements for the Standard Non-Instructional (N.J.A.C.6A:9B-14.4) and Standard (Instructional) School Nurse Endorsement (N.J.A.C.6A:9B-14.3).   The program previously resided in the Health Sciences Department, where coursework was applicable School Health Education Track of the Master of Science in Health Sciences Degree.  The new program resides in the Nursing Department where all coursework is applicable to the Master of Science (MS) in Nursing with a Specialization in School Nursing. 

Admission Requirements ~ *Program admission is on a rolling basis.

  • BSN from an institution that is both regionally accredited & accredited by CCNE or ACEN
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completed application and non-refundable fee
  • Official transcripts from all previous U.S. colleges attended or official NACES course-by-course evaluation of any foreign transcripts*
  • Submission of a 250-500-word essay
  • Professional Resume or CV
  • Copy of current, unencumbered NJ nursing license

Rationale: Courses and curriculum were approved by University Senate, Provost, and Board of Trustees as part of the proposal for the MS in Nursing with a Specialization in School Nursing in 2020.  The Certificate Program was identified as part of that proposal.  The School Nurse Certificate Program needs to be recognized independently as a graduate-level certificate program.

Credits & content required for the Non-Instructional School Nurse Certificate N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.4
NURS 614Role of the School Nurse I: Care Coordination3
NURS 616Role of the School Nurse II: Reducing Barriers to Health & Learning3
NURS 600Science Of Health Promotion3
NURS 642Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS 672School Nurse Practicum I3
Total 15
Additional credits & content required for the Standard (Instructional) School Nurse Certificate N.J.A.C. 6A:9B-14.3
NURS 622Curriculum Design, Development & Evaluation in School Health Education3
NURS 673School Nurse Practicum II3
Total 21

This is a graduate-level Certificate (only) Program. All courses in the Graduate School Nurse Certificate Program can be applied toward a Master of Science (MS) in Nursing with a Specialization in School Nursing.