School Nurse Certification Program

Caldwell University offers a unique program which allows the Registered Nurse to take courses leading to a Bachelor’s Degree (if they do not already have one) while simultaneously acquiring School Nurse Certification.

Today’s schools must meet federal requirements of an ever-growing population of special needs children. School nurses are essential in providing these mandated services.

Our highly qualified professors have decades of experience in the educational setting and will prepare you to transition from hospital, acute care, to school, preventive care. Students will learn the functions of the school nurse and how he/she is a vital part of the educational team. Upon completion of the program and state approval , you will be eligible to work as a comprehensive, School Nurse and teach Kindergarten through Grade Twelve.

The first step is to call one of our advisors at 973-618-3500 and set-up an appointment to have your transcripts and current work experience reviewed. Our skilled, academic advisors will tailor a program specifically for you.

We welcome you to Caldwell University and our program and are ready to guide your as you take this important career step.

School Nurse Certification

The Division of Education offers a school nurse program that leads to the School Nurse Certificate Endorsement, or the Non-instructional School Nurse Endorsement. The School Nurse Certificate Endorsement qualifies the holder to perform nursing services and to teach in areas related to health in public schools in grades preschool through twelve.

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To be eligible for the School Nurse (Instructional) Standard, you must complete all of the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required;
  • A current New Jersey registered professional nurse license by the NJ State Board of Nursing is required;
  • A current CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and an AED (automated external defibrillator) certificate(s) is required;
  • At least 21 semester hour credits of required study.

Select one of the following behavioral/social sciences and recommended sociology courses (3 credits)

  • PS 211 Child Psychology
  • PS 216 Adolescent Psychology
  • SO 231 Sociology of Poverty
  • SO 323 Sociology of Racial and Culture Groups
  • SO 343 Sociology of Education
  • SO 474 Contemporary Social Problems
  • SO 476 Urban Sociology

Professional Sequence (18 credits)

  • PS 313 Counseling Psychology
  • ED 331 Introduction to Education of the Exceptional Child (20-hour field component)
  • ED 409 Methods of Teaching Health
  • ED 451 School Nursing I (30 hour field requirement)
  • ED 453 Public Health
  • ED 455 School Nursing II (30 hour field requirement)

The School Nurse program adheres to the sequential requirements of School Nurse proficiencies. Advisement, approval, and maintenance of a 3.0 GPA are necessary for retention in the program. School nurses must work with a NJ State Certified school nurse for all clinical hours.

The School Nurse Non-instructional Endorsement qualifies the holder to perform nursing services in the public school setting in grades preschool through twelve. This certification does not authorize the holder to teach in areas related to health.

To be eligible for the School Nurse (Non-Instructional) Standard, you must complete all of the following:

  • A bachelors degree is required.
  • A current New Jersey registered professional nurse license by the NJ State Board of Nursing is required.
  • A current CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and an AED (automated external defibrillator) certificate(s) is required.
  • At least 15 semester hour credits of required study.

Professional Sequence (15 credits)

  • PS 313 Counseling Psychology
  • ED 331 Introduction to Education of the Exceptional Child
  • ED 451 School Nursing I (30 hour field requirement)
  • ED 453 Public Health
  • ED 455 School Nursing II (30 hour field requirement)

The School Nurse program adheres to the sequential requirements of School Nurse proficiencies. Advisement, approval, and maintenance of a 3.0 GPA are necessary for retention in the program.  School nurses must work with a NJ State Certified school nurse for all clinical hours.

Caldwell University OPEDID 002598
Department of Education CIP Code for program: 42.2814
CIP Program Title and Definition Health Teacher Education – A program that prepares individuals to teach health education programs at various educational levels.
Occupations Related to the program 25-1072.00 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary
25-2022.00 Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
25-2031.00m Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
29-1171.00 Nurse Practitioners
Normal time to complete program 60 weeks or 4 semesters (based on full time enrollment = 12 credits per semester.)
On-time graduation rate for completers N/A enrollment: 7
Total estimated tuition and fee costs $23,400-$26000 (36-40 credits at $650 per credit – 2012-13 tuition rate)
$150 comprehensive fee, per semester enrolled
Book and supplies costs Estimated at $600-$1000 per semester
Room and Board not offered
Median Title IV Loan Debt N/A enrollment: 7
Median Private Loan Debt N/A enrollment: 7

Please refer here for current NJ Dept. of Education regulations.


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