SCHOOL NURSE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Now offered Completely Online, at the N.J. Coastal Communiversity in Wall Twp. (Monmouth County) and on-campus in Jersey City!
According to a survey of school nurses completed by the National Association of
• 98% have saved a child’s life
• 82% have identified an abused child
• 67% have counseled a depressed/suicidal child
“ School nurses support the efforts of educators and parents to help children achieve their greatest academic potential while maintaining optimal health.”
National Association of School Nurses (NASN)
The school nursing certificate program is accredited by the National Council on Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE), and approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education (NJDOE). It meets the requirements for the Educational Services Certificate Endorsement as a Certified School Nurse. This endorsement authorizes the holder to perform nursing services and to teach in areas to health in public schools in grades preschool through 12. (N. J. Department of Education Administrative Code title 6A; Chapter 9-13.3)
Students must hold current license as a Professional Registered Nurse, and a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university. To be considered for admission into this program, a student must also have an Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and a minimum of 3 years work experience in nursing.
ALL THE FOLLOWING COURSES ARE REQUIRED FOR STATE CERTIFICATION - 30 CREDITS **21/24 credits generally taken
*These courses are prerequisites for HLTH 643
**Students with a BS/BSN can use at least two courses from their undergraduate study toward certification (Developmental Psych/Lifespan Development and Community/Public Health). Occasionally there is a third course that can be utilized toward certification We can accept a maximum of 9 credits for the certification program. (Undergraduate credits accepted toward certification cannot be applied toward the Masters Degree).
Students generally take 21-24 of the 30 credits on the graduate level toward certification. The certificate program can be completed in 15-18 months. All courses taken on the graduate level toward certification can be applied to our (36-credit) Master of Science in Health Sciences Program with a concentration in School Health Education.
Courses are offered on-campus in Jersey City, online, and on campus at NJ Coastal Communiversity in Monmouth County ( http://www.njcommuniversity.org/ )
Courses are designed to broaden, refine, and strengthen students' ability to respond to the diverse needs of New Jersey’s school children. As a well-prepared school nurse, you will be a:
• Change agent, improving access to health care and the quality of care while reducing health disparities in schools and communities
• Child advocate, promoting and protecting student health in a traditionally, non-medical environment
• Health services expert, screening, identifying, assessing, and intervening in injuries and illness and managing students with chronic diseases
• Health care leader,coordinatingand facilitating programs and educating
Professor Lorraine M. Chewey, ABD, MS, RN, NJ-CSN
Coordinator, School Nurse Certificate Program