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.



To be eligible to apply to this licensure 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


Apply to the 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

The application to the Graduate School must contain:

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

Submit the following to the program director:

  • Brief letter with name and contact information stating your intent to apply to the School Nurse Licensure program
  • Copy of current CPR certification
  • Evidence of coursework in community health nursing, family, growth and development, health and wellness
  • Physical assessment coursework within last 5 years (or equivalent)

Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and an Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) 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 Sue Bevan, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.

Applications are due March 31 for a summer semester start.

Download the Graduate Financial Aid Application



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