School Nurse Certificate
At Cedar Crest College, students have the opportunity to practice leadership and problem-solving skills that are necessary to excel and advance in today’s professional fields. Cedar Crest College emphasizes an environment where individual growth and professional skills are integrated so that our students acquire the knowledge, attitudes and abilities that they need to succeed. The multi-disciplinary School Nurse Certification (SNC) Program provides the necessary knowledge and practical skills to those who serve the health needs of school-age children.
School Nurse Certification is a state based certification. The School Nurse Certification Program at Cedar Crest College is designed to meet the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for Level I School Nurse Certification. Other states may accept this program for full or partial completion of that states requirements, to determine if a state other than Pennsylvania will accept this program please contact the Department of Education in that state.
The Cedar Crest School Nurse Certification Program includes 17-18 credits and can be completed online or through a combination of in class and online courses. Depending on when you start, the program can be completed in 18 months to 2 years. The pre-requisite list includes several courses that will develop the competencies needed to enter the SNC capstone classes. These are offered in the Masters level accelerated online format with one (SPE 542 – The Exceptional Child) in a full-semester online or in class format.
The Capstone courses are a pair of courses (SNC 380 + SNC 381) offered in the fall and spring terms of one academic year. They are taken as a set in that academic year and are online. During SNC 381 in the spring term students complete a practicum experience in school nursing. This experience includes 102 hours of practice in conjunction with a certified school nurse in a school district chosen based on student request and the college’s ability to establish an affiliation with that school district. Students will practice at one primary level but also complete some hours at all other levels.
Courses Required for the School Nurse Certification Program
All courses are offered Online
EDU 559- Curriculum and Instruction for the English Language Learner (3 credits)
EDU 516- Multicultural and Diversity Education (3 credits)
SPE 542- The Exceptional Child 3 credits
SPE 546- Collaborative Partnerships in Inclusive Settings (3 credits)
SNC 380- Methodology in School Health Services (3 credits)
SNC 381- School Nurse Practicum ( 5 credits /102 clinical hours)
All candidates for the school nurse certificate, both in state and out of state, must take SNC 380 and 381 in sequential order and within one academic year.
PDE requires the following for certification in PA:
Six credits of college course work in mathematics; three credits in English composition; and three credits in American or British literature. We require that the student must earn a grade of C or higher in these courses.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all candidates to have a bachelor degree in nursing, or a bachlor degree in another field with RN licensure. All students must provide proof of RN licensure from the state in which they will complete their practicum and to which they are applying for certification:
Report of Health Evaluation and Medical History
- Immunizations, Titers, and Current PPD
- Drug and Alcohol Screen
- CPR certification- Must be one of the following:
- American Red Cross CPR/AED for Professional Rescuer and Health Care Providers
- American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers
- Proof of Health Insurance
- FBI Criminal History Clearance
- Child Abuse History Clearance
- PA Criminal History Clearance
Prospective and current nursing students must submit criminal background checks that meet the requirements of the nursing program before beginning nursing courses and annually thereafter.
Prospective nursing students with criminal records must disclose their record and schedule a meeting with the Nursing Department Chairperson upon admission to Cedar Crest College.
For information about the School Nurse Certification program, please contact our School for Adult and Graduate Education at 800-360-1222. An applicant to the school nurse certification program holds an unencumbered active professional nursing license with one year of professional experience and a baccalaureate degree in nursing. An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 is required for admission. A GPA of 3.0 is required for progression in the program and PA School Nurse Certification.
Michelle E. Cawley, MSN, RN, CPN
610-606-4666 ext 3497