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School Nursing: Preparation for Initial Certification

For the first time, we will be offering this course through a virtual classroom using Zoom.  This option allows for real time, face-to-face education that is required by the OSPI to count clock hours amidst the current COVID-19 health crisis.

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

Cost: $500. We are unable to process purchase orders at this time.

Course Dates

Next course dates will be announced soon. 

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Course Description

This course is designed for a nurse with a BSN who wishes to prepare for certification as a school nurse. Topics will 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 will incorporate 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:

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


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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson
Professional Development & Clinical Placement Program Coordinator

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