School Nurse Licensure Program

Program Description

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. For more information about School Nursing you can go to or

The school nurse licensure program is offered mainly during the summer and fall in an intensive format, meeting mainly on line.  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.  Students must be accepted by the Graduate School and the College of Nursing and Health.


Admission Criteria

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college. The degree does not need to be in nursing.
  • Unencumbered current RN License
  • Evidence of coursework in community health nursing, family, growth and development, health and wellness
  • Physical assessment coursework within last 5 years (or equivalent)
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate program.

Admission Process

To apply to the School Nurse Licensure Program: 

  • Apply to Wright State Graduate School  
  • Include the following under “Academic Information”
    • Admission status: Check licensure (do NOT indicate non-degree)
    • College: College of Nursing and Health
    • Selected program: School Nurse Certificate

Submit the following to the Graduate School at 344 Student Union, 3640 Col Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435:

  • Transcripts from ALL colleges attended (must be sent to the Graduate School)

The following must be sent to the College of Nursing and Health at 160 University Hall, 3640 Col Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435

  • Brief letter with name and contact information stating your intent to apply to the School Nurse Licensure program
  • Copy of current CPR certification
  • Background check with no criminal history on file (both the BC&I and FBI background checks are required for all students)

Once the Graduate School has received all of your application materials, your file will be forwarded to the College of Nursing and Health.

Students must apply by March 31 if expecting to start Summer semester.

Background Check

Prior to Program Admission

Both the BC&I and FBI background checks are required for graduate students. Programs in the College of Nursing and Health require clinical experience in a variety of settings where students will give care to clients of all ages. The State of Ohio requires that those who provide care for children or older adults pass a criminal background check. Students must declare and document misdemeanor and/or felony offenses that occur prior to admission to the nursing program and/or during program progression. Failure to do so will result in denial of admission to the program or dismissal after matriculation. The fingerprinting is available on campus at the Educational Resource Center located at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to the Administrative Support Coordinator - Graduate programs, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435. It is not mandatory that students use the ERC, but the ERC offers a discounted price for students.



An assessment class must be completed within the last five years.  To meet this requirement, you may test out of it. Details can be found here. As another option, NUR 7124 (Advanced Health Assessment for Children and Adolescents) is offered on campus fall semester.  

Credit for this course must be completed prior to or concurrently 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 - 300 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, RN, MS, NCSN
Title: Associate Director; School Nurse MS and Licensure Programs
Phone: (937) 775-3195
Fax: (937) 775-4571

General Contact Information:

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

Sue Bevan
Title: Administrative Specialist
Phone: (937) 775-3577
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Donna Miles Curry, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC
Title: Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
Phone: (937) 775-2653
Fax: (937) 775-4571