Nursing in School Health Services Certificate

Are you a Registered Nurse (RN) currently employed by a hospital, clinic or other healthcare provider offering health services in schools? Or are you an RN working in a school looking to update your understanding of contemporary issues in school nursing today?


Our 100 percent online Nursing in School Health Services certificate will expand your understanding of school health services in order to promote health and wellness in children grades K-12.


Through this certificate program, you’ll learn about:

  • The role of school health providers in planning, implementing and evaluating a school health services program
  • The role of school health service providers in prioritizing the health needs of children in the school setting
  • The knowledge, skills and abilities expected of individuals providing school health services to reflect professional, ethical and legal standards in the promotion of a healthy school environment
  • Strategies for individuals with different responsibilities or scopes of practice to work together to promote school health services


The certificate program includes four courses with a total of 12 undergraduate credit hours. At the completion of the program, you’ll earn an academic certificate from The Ohio State University.



Susan Praeger 

Jeanie Bochenek



Nursing 3115 (3 credit hours) School Health Roles and Responsibilities

Introduction to the scope of roles and responsibilities of individuals providing school health services locally and globally within school and community settings. Consideration of regulatory directives, health goals and resources. Analysis of skills and factors used to promote healthy school environments.


Nursing 3116 (3 credit hours) Management of School Health Services

Overview of the strategies for promoting school health on a daily, weekly and annual basis focusing on health promotion and disease prevention.


Nursing 3117 (3 credit hours) Children with Special Needs in Schools

School health services for children with special needs based on best evidence. Interdisciplinary, legislative and professional aspects considered.


Elective Course (3 credit hours)

Students will take one of the following electives to enhance their understanding of the role of the nurse in the school setting:

  • NRSADVN 3110 Health Assessment Across the Lifespan
  • NRSADVN 3430 Cultural Competence in Health
  • Nursing 1102 5 to Thrive
  • HWIH 2200 Introduction to Health Literacy
  • HWIH 2210 Dimensions of Wellness and Resilience
  • ESEPSY 2309 Psychological Perspectives on Education
  • HDFS 2200 Family Development
  • HDFS 2410 Child Development
  • SOCWORK 1140 Minority Perspectives: Race, Ethnicity and Gender


Admission Requirements 

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Active, unencumbered RN license
  • Successful completion of a nationally accredited nursing program as a basis for RN licensure


Students will be held to the College of Nursing and university standards for admission, as well as academic and ethical performance standards. The minimum GPA and grades to complete the program are a GPA of 2.5/4.0 and only grades of A through C may be counted toward the completion of the certificate program.


Are you ready to take the next step?

The deadline to apply for Spring 2019 is November 15, 2018.




Admission for the certificate will occur every semester. If you would like to learn more, you can email the admissions team at  

The Nursing in School Health Services Certificate prepares you to administer school health services, however it does not lead to School Nurse licensure. If you are an Ohio RN interested in earning an Ohio Department of Education School Nurse license, consider our School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure Certificate.


In accordance with the non-discrimination policy of The Ohio State University and the College of Nursing, we strictly prohibit any discrimination based upon age, color, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, religion, pregnancy, or veteran status in its application, admission, or enrollment practices.


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