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School Nursing: Preparation for Initial Certification

January 6 - January 7

Male nurse with child

Course Description

This course is designed for a nurse with a BSN who wants to prepare for certification as a school nurse. Topics include the role of the school nurse, schools and society, growth and development, learning strategies, school law, and the legal and professional responsibilities of the ESA-prepared school nurse. This hybrid course incorporates independent study and classroom instruction. Independent study course materials are to be completed and submitted to the faculty prior to the dates of classroom instruction for evaluation.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:

  • Analyze the role of the school nurse specialist, practitioner, collaborator, professional.
  • Discuss legal and educational responsibilities that influence school health and services, including state learning goals and essential academic learning requirements.
  • Explore environmental, socioeconomic, developmental and cultural variables affecting health status of the school-age child.
  • Utilize knowledge of common health needs and problems of school-age population to develop strategies for planning and implementing programs of care.
  • Discuss legal and professional issues related to documentation and provision of nursing care in the school setting.
  • The WSU College of Nursing is approved as a provider of clock hours by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Course Dates

January 6 – 7, 2024
Delivered in person or via Zoom

The next session for the course will be offered via in-person or via virtual classroom using Zoom. This option allows for real time, face-to-face education, which is required by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to count clock hours during the pandemic.

The course will include 24 hours (self-study and live sections) of instruction.

Instructor: Rebecca Doughty, MN, RN, CSRM

Course Fees

Cost: $450
Registration limited to the first (50) participants.
Registration closes December 31, 2023 11:59 p.m.

Scholarship available
$100 Scholarship is available. Apply during registration.
Thanks to the Linda Bordwell Educational Fund for School Nursing.

(Note: We are unable to process purchase orders at this time.)

School Nursing: Preparation for Initial Certification Registration Form

Do you have a BSN?(Required)

Scholarship Application

A $100 scholarship is available to qualified applicants. Answer the following questions to be considered for the Linda Bordwell Educational Fund for School Nursing.
Marital Status
Home Ownership


January 6
January 7


Nursing Professional Development
(509) 324-7332


WSU College of Nursing
103 E. Spokane Falls Blvd.
Spokane, WA 99210 United States
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