School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure Certificate

Are you an Ohio registered nurse with a bachelor's degree looking to earn the Ohio Department of Education School Nurse Professional Pupil Services License?


Our 100 percent online School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure certificate will prepare you for the Ohio Department of Education school nurse license, as well as expand your knowledge and skills in promoting school health and wellness in grades K-12.


Through this certificate program, you’ll learn to:

  • Apply the role of the school nurse in planning, implementing and evaluating a health service program in schools
  • Provide healthcare to children with special needs in the school setting
  • Integrate professional, ethical and legal standards with leadership and decision-making skills to promote a healthy school environment
  • Communicate professionally and demonstrate competent practice as a school nurse


The certificate program includes four courses, three of which are online, for a total of 12 credit hours. The culminating course, a practicum, will allow you to apply what you’ve learned in an Ohio school. 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.


Nursing 3118 (3 credit hours): Practicum in School Nursing

Supervised school nurse field experience in an Ohio school setting applying the roles and responsibilities of a school nurse according to state and national standards. Previous coursework in Abnormal Psychology, Community Health, Growth & Development and Health Assessment must be completed prior to enrolling in Nursing 3118. Health assessment must have been completed within 3 years.


Admission Requirements 

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Active, unencumbered Ohio RN license
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident


In addition, all candidates for the school nurse license are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0; provide evidence of coursework in growth and development, abnormal psychology and community health; and a recent (3 years) coursework in health assessment before enrolling in the practicum course. Students will be held to the College of Nursing and university standards for admission, as well as academic and ethical performance standards. All candidates will be required to successfully pass all required coursework prior to recommendation for licensure. 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


If you want to learn more about nursing in school health services and are not planning on earning an Ohio Department of Education School Nurse license, you might consider our Nursing in School Health Services certificate, which does not require a bachelor's degree and is open to Registered Nurses from other states.

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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