School Nurse Certificate

Academic Programs | School Nurse Certificate

Program Description

The School of Nursing offers a certificate program designed for professional registered nurses who wish to be certified in school nursing (instructional certificate) in the State of New Jersey. The program is designed to provide registered nurses with the appropriate educational background, experiences and competencies to carry out the responsibilities and functions of the school nurse.

  • The program is an online program with a practicum consisting of 75 hours.
  • Designed as a post-baccalaureate certificate program for registered nurses with a BA, BS or BSN



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Deadline to Apply

  • The application deadline is May 1 for the fall term
  • Application fee: $65
  • Applications must be completed online
  • Prospective School Nurse Certificate students must complete a general undergraduate application as a non-degree student.

Application info

Former Rutgers Students

Students who were previously undergraduates working toward a degree, and who wish to return to Rutgers should submit the online re- enrollment application at:
The re-enrollment period is February 1st - March 1st.  There is no application fee.

Admission criteria

  • Current license as a Registered Professional Nurse in New Jersey
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or higher (Students are selected on a competitive basis therefore the GPA required for an actual offer of admission may be higher.)

Admission to the School of Nursing’s School Nurse Certificate program occurs once a year each fall semester.




Candidates for the School Nurse Certification must:

  • Hold current CPR and AED Certification
  • Complete training in airway management and in the use of nebulizers and inhalers.

Foundational/Prerequisite Courses (7 credits)

(For nurses with a BS/BA in another field.)

Equivalent courses earned while obtaining licensure as a registered professional nurse with a BS/BA or BSN degree can be applied to these course requirements. These courses can be undergraduate courses.

705:447     Community and Public Health Nursing (F) [4 cr]
705:306     Health Assessment Across the Life Span (F) [3 cr]

Core Courses (15 credits)

705:470    Foundations in Health Education  (F/S) [3 cr]
705:480    School Health Nursing (S) [6 cr]
705:481    School Health Nursing Practicum (F/S) [3 cr]
300:306    Educational Psychology (F/S) [3 cr]

(F) Fall Semester    (S) Spring Semester

A minimum of 12 credits must be taken at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Nursing to obtain this certificate; otherwise there is no limit on transferred credits for certification purposes.

Student Teaching

The practicum will consist of 75  hours. Student teaching will take place in 705:481 School Health Nursing Practicum.



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