School Nurse Certificate Program


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Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health recognizes the importance of health in the entire school community including children, staff, parents, and families. The program at Wright State University was developed to meet the needs of registered nurses to be licensed as school nurses by the Ohio Department of Education. For more information about the practice of School Nursing you can go to or

The two semester School Nurse Certificate program is offered in an intensive online format and starts during the summer semester. Classes use a variety of learning technologies to deliver lectures, provide discussions, and offer simultaneous online seminars to meet the needs of an adult learner.  At the end of this program, students will meet the requirements to be eligible to apply to the Ohio Department of Education for a School Nurse Professional Pupil Services license. Students must be accepted by the Graduate School and the College of Nursing and Health.



To be eligible to apply to this certificate program, applicants must meet the following criteria:


Be a bachelor's prepared candidate with a cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in your undergraduate program and a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license


Evidence of a physical assessment course within the last five years or equivalent


Evidence of coursework in community health nursing, family, growth and development, and health and wellness


Apply to the Wright State Graduate School.

Complete the application as listed below:

  • Create an account
  • Select "Non Degree/Certificate/Transient Application"
  • Select the startup term (Summer)
  • Select "Certificate" for desired status
  • Select "School Nurse" for certificate status major

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

In the case for the School Nurse Certificate program, transcripts submitted need to reflect a minimum of a bachelor's degree. If the bachelor's degree was not in Nursing, the transcripts also need to reflect your nursing degree and the pre-requisites for the program.


Submit the following to the director:

  • Brief letter with name and contact information stating your intent to apply to the School Nurse Certificate program
  • An essay about a meaningful clinical situation in which you were involved and how the situation helped heighten your desire to pursue education in the School Nurse Certificate program 
  • One letter of recommendation from your current or most recent supervisor or a faculty member of your undergraduate program or a previous employer

Current CPR documentation is required prior to the start of clinicals.


Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation, an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and (if applicable) the state in which you reside for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process.  It is in your benefit to complete the background check one month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to Zane Jacks, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435. Copies will not be accepted.

Applications are due March 31 for a summer semester start.



Students must apply to the program prior to March 31. All School Nurse Certificate students start Summer semester. 

Students must have evidence of coursework in community health nursing, family, growth and development, and health and wellness.

An assessment class must be completed within the last five years. To meet this requirement, you may test out of it by completing the NLN Assessment exam. Details can be found here. As another option, NUR 7124 (Advanced Health Assessment for Children and Adolescents) is offered on campus fall semester. This must be completed prior to or with NUR 6903: School Nursing Practicum.

Summer Semester

  • NUR 6901 School Nursing  (4 credit hours- online synchronous and asynchronous): Roles and responsibilities of school nurses.  Care of children in schools.  Art, principles and strategies of promoting health in schools.  Emphasis on preparation to assume role of school nurse.
  • NUR 6902 Children with Special Needs (2 credit hours - online synchronous and asynchronous):  Roles and responsibilities of the nurse in care for children with special needs in the school setting.

Fall Semester

  • NUR 6903 School Nursing Practicum (6 credit hours - 280 hours in the school setting plus online and asynchronous meetings):  Application of roles and responsibilities of school nurses in Ohio.

Contact Information

Program Contact:

Jeanie M. Bochenek, MS, RN, NCSN
Phone: (937) 775-3195
Fax: (937) 775-4571

General Contact Information:
Graduate School

Wright State University
3640 Col. Glenn Highway
Graduate School
344 Student Union
Dayton, OH  45435
(937) 775-2976

College of Nursing and Health

Sue Bevan
Title: Administrative Specialist
Address:160 UH
Wright State University
Dayton, OH 45435
Phone: (937) 775-3577
Fax: (937) 775-4571