Degrees and Certificates

School Nurse Graduate Certificate

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Why Choose the 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 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, visit the National Association of School Nurses and Ohio Association of School Nurses websites.

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.

Academics and Curriculum

View the School Nurse Certificate program information and degree requirements in the university catalog.

We admit 25 students into the cohort each year.  We will begin reviewing completed applications February 1, and continue to accept applications until we reach our cohort size or the application deadline of March 1 (whichever comes first).

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

Sample Curriculum Plan

 

Admission

 

Due Date:  March 1
First Consideration Deadline:  February 1
Program Start:  Summer Semester

We admit 25 students into the cohort each year.  We will begin reviewing completed applications February 1, and continue to accept applications until we reach our cohort size or the application deadline of March 1 (whichever comes first).

Application to Wright State University’s College of Nursing and Health is a two-step process.

1.  Apply to the Wright State Graduate School.

  • Select Non-Degree / Certificate / Transient Application
  • Select the start term SUMMER
    • The School Nurse Certificate program is summer and fall only
  • Select Certificate as the desired status
  • Select School Nurse as certificate major

Required Documents: All documents will be uploaded directly to your School of Graduate Studies online application.  Please do not send these materials to the College of Nursing and Health.

  • School of Graduate Studies application (online)
  • Bachelor’s degree transcript
    • Admission to this program requires a bachelor’s degree. If the bachelor’s degree is not in nursing, the applicant must also submit their nursing degree transcripts. 
  • Resume / curriculum vitae
  • Meaningful clinical experience essay (2 pages maximum)
  • Statement of professional goals (250 words maximum)
  • Provide name and email address of two references for letters of recommendation
    • Current or most recent supervisor
    • Faculty member from your nursing program, or previous employer

When the application is complete, the School of Graduate Studies  will notify the College of Nursing and Health, which will communicate the CONH application requirements.

2.  Apply to the College of Nursing and Health

Required documents:

  • College of Nursing and Health application
  • BCII and FBI background check results

The College of Nursing and Health will provide instructions on how to complete the above steps after receiving notification of the completed School of Graduate Studies application. All CONH required documents should be sent directly to the CONH. 

Admission Requirements:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree, and proof of nursing degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale from your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work.
  3. Hold an unencumbered nursing license.
  4. Provide evidence of prior coursework in community health nursing, family growth & development, and health and wellness. 
  5. Provide evidence of no criminal record on file through a clear BCI / FBI background screen.
  6. International students
    • Must provide proof of English proficiency by achieving at least the minimum score in one of the following:

TOEFL IBT: 79
IELTS:  6.0
Pearson PTE: 57
LEAP:  4

  • Must have an unencumbered United States nursing license.

Contact Information

Program Contact

Deb Poling Ph.D., FNP-BC, CNE
Title: Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs
Email: deborah.poling@wright.edu
Phone: (937) 775-3808
Fax: (937) 775-4571

Stacey Callahan, B.A.
Title: Program Coordinator
Email: stacey.callahan@wright.edu
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