School Nurse Certification Program

For information contact Professor Debra Woodruff-Capper,, 610-606-4666 ext. 3494.

An applicant to the school nurse certification program must be an RN licensed to practice 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.

Requirements for the School Nurse Certification Program

EDU 550 Educational Planning 3 credits

EDU 359/559 Teaching the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Student 3 credits 

PSY 250 Life-Span Development 3 credits

SPE 243 The Exceptional Child 3 credits

SPE 320/520 Teaching Students with Learning Disabilities 3 credits

SNC 380 Methodology in School Health Services (Online) 3 credits

SNC 381 School Nurse Practicum (Online) 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. Candidates for certification in Pennsylvania must have proof of successful completion of the following college level courses; 1 in Literature, 1 in Writing, and 2 in Math.

Clinical Requirements

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 CPER/AED for the Professional Rescuer
    • 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 and current nursing students with criminal records must disclose their record and schedule a meeting with the Nursing Department Chairperson upon admission to or throughout progression at Cedar Crest College.