School Nurse Certificate Program


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 School Nurse Certificate program at Wright State University was developed to meet the needs of registered nurses to become licensed as a school nurse 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 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, all transcripts from the nursing degree in addition to the bachelor's degree need to be sent so that pre-requisite coursework can be evaluated.


The application to the College of Nursing and Health (pdf) will contain all of the following and must be sent to Zane Jacks, College of Nursing and Health, 160 UH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435 by March 1:

  • A goal statement for obtaining the credential to become a school nurse
  • An essay discussing a meaningful clinical situation that you were a part of as a nurse
  • Two letters of recommendation from previous faculty or an employer regarding your ability to complete graduate coursework
  • A resume or curriculum vitae
  • A new BCI and FBI background check sent from the State of Ohio BCI directly to the address listed below. The results must 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. Information on the background check can be found here (pdf). You may find locations that conduct background checks in your area by visiting:

Prior to the start of clinicals, CPR and other health checks, immunizations, and insurance requirements must be met per contracts with the participating clinical agencies.


Applications and all other requirements for admission are due March 1 for a summer semester start.



Students must apply to the program no later than March 1 and can only register for summer classes after they have been accepted. The classes for the School Nurse Certificate program start in Summer semester and finish at the end of Fall semester. The program is 13 credit hours.

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

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 and Adolescents with Health Needs in Schools (3 credit hours - online synchronous and asynchronous):  Roles and responsibilities of the school nurse in managing care for children and adolescents with health 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:

Deb Poling PhD, FNP-BC, CNE
Title: Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs

Phone: (937) 775-4684
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Stacey Callahan, B.A.
Title: Program Coordinator

Phone: (937) 775-3954
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
Phone: (937) 775-3131
Fax: (937) 775-4571