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School Nurse Certification

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The School Nursing and/or Health Education Certificate Program, offered at the Rutherford campus, is a graduate program that prepares registered nurses with a baccalaureate degree to provide nursing services and health education to children and adolescents in the K-12 school setting.

Program Length

This certificate program consists of 19 graduate credits (7 courses) and can be completed in either two or four semesters. Students may select one or both of the following options:

  • School Nursing and Health Education - Graduate Certificate

Admission Criteria

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 grade point average (GPA)
  • A completed application
  • Submission of official academic transcripts
  • Two professional and or academic references
  • Submission of registered professional nurse licensure, without any disciplinary action.
  • Completion of four (4) prerequisite courses:
    • Psychology
    • Health Assessment 
    • Community/Family
    • Leadership/Management/ Business 
    • Research/Statistics or approved electives 


The faculty foster a collaborative interdisciplinary learning environment that meets the needs of the adult learner. Students are mentored by certified school nurses and/or certified K-12 Teachers of Health Education in school districts throughout the State of New Jersey. Practicum hours and school placements are coordinated with the academic calendar of the school district and geographic location of the student.

New Jersey Endorsement

Graduates are eligible for New Jersey Department of Education endorsements: School Nurse and/or K-12 Teacher of Health Education. The New Jersey Department of Education application for endorsement(s) for one or both certificates will be processed by the School of Education.