Certificate Requirements - Nursing Graduate Program

Graduate Certificate: School Nurse Certification Program

Semester Hours: 12
Program may be completed fully online

The purpose of the School Nurse Graduate Certificate is to prepare registered nurses to meet the health needs of children of all ages in diverse school settings. This postbaccalaureate program consists of 12 credits of coursework, including a practicum, leading to a post-baccalaureate certificate. This certificate may fulfill state CE requirements and is an excellent resource for practice. 

Courses are offered online. This certificate program can be taken as part of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with the leadership and school nurse concentration or independent of the MSN. For students wishing to pursue an MSN, the certification program provides an easy transition into the MSN Leadership and School Nurse concentration. 

We strongly encourage you to investigate the prerequisites for school nurses in your state before applying to make sure this program meets the requirements.

The following courses are required for the PA Department of Education Educational Specialist Level I Certification: School Nurse:

  • NURS 504 School Nursing: Legal Mandates (3 SH)

  • NURS 505 School Nursing: Theory and Diverse Learners (3 SH)

  • NURS 506 School Nursing Practicum (3 SH)

  • EDDS 601 Advocacy Issues Within Special Education (3 SH)

Graduate Certificate: Trauma and Resilience in Healthcare Setting

Semester Hours: 15
Program may be completed fully online

This graduate certificate is designed to educate and support bedside nurses and other healthcare professionals who are increasingly confronted by the impact of trauma in the course of routine patient or client care. Our experienced professors and collaborative online classroom environment can enhance your skills to respond effectively to your patients and build relationships that enhance patient care. 

  • TRHS 541 Trauma, Restoration and Resilience in Healthcare Settings (3 SH)

  • TRHS 561 Neurobiology of Trauma (3 SH)

  • TRHS 571 Self-care and Resilience for Healthcare Providers (3 SH)

  • TRHS 621 Trauma-Informed Strategies for Healthcare Providers (3 SH)

  • TRHS 631 Research in Risk and Resilience (3 SH)