School Nurse Program

The College of Nursing and Health Professions Graduate Studies in Nursing offers a non-degree post-baccalaureate school nurse program. A baccalaureate or BSN from a state-approved and ACEN- or CCNE- accredited nursing program is required along with a current nursing license. Candidates must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in all graduate level courses in the program and candidates must successfully take and pass the Illinois State Board of Education Content area test in School Nursing (182) or received a composite score or 22 or higher on the ACT test with a composite score of 16 on the writing portion prior to entering the School Nurse Internship. Additionally other admission criteria may apply.

The school nurse non-degree program is designed to prepare Illinois Registered Nurses with a Bachelor's degree for the specialized role of a school nurse in pre-Kindergarten through Secondary schools in Illinois. School nursing is unique in that the preparation is both in nursing and in education. Endorsement and licensure for school nursing is through the Illinois State Board of Education in addition to licensure as a registered professional nurse through the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Total Credit Hours: 13


Required Courses (13)

SPED-55700Exceptional Learners in Inclusive Communities


SPED-51600Learning Theories and Schooling


RDLT-50700Literacy for Other School Personnel


NURS-56600Concepts of School Nurse Practice


NURS-56700School Nurse Internship