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Master of Science in Nursing Certificate Program - School Nurse Certificate

La Salle University’s School Nurse Certificate Program prepares nurses to serve children from infancy to 21 years of age in school settings. The specific programmatic focus is the needs of school aged children and adolescents. School nurses provide preventive health teaching and manage primary health care needs. They deliver services that improve the health status of children based on the principle that healthier children achieve greater academic success. The La Salle University’s School Nurse Certificate Program enables registered nurses who have earned baccalaureate degrees in nursing to prepare for and receive initial certification as school nurses.

Standards for Admission

  • Evidence of successful academic achievement in completing a baccalaureate degree in Nursing. Course work must include: two undergraduate mathematics courses and two undergraduate English courses (English Composition and English/American Literature) verified on transcript.
  • Grade point average of 3.0 in baccalaureate program
  • Current RN licensure in Pennsylvania
  • Current CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) certificate
  • Current professional liability (malpractice) insurance
  • Evidence of Health Assessment (Physical) by Physician or Nurse Practitioner
  • Two letters of reference from professors or supervisors. At least one reference must be an academic reference
  • A statement of philosophy
  • The application for admission to the School Nurse Certificate Program, accompanied by the stipulated application fee, payable to La Salle University.

Please note: N.B. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are NOT required for acceptance to the School Nurse Certificate Program.

The Graduate Admissions Committee meets at regularly scheduled intervals during the year. Students in the School Nurse Certificate Program must be accepted by the School of Nursing and the La Salle University, Department of Education.

Graduate Advisement
All students are assigned a faculty advisor upon admission to the graduate program. Faculty advisors are available by appointment for student advisement concerning course selection any time during the year and especially during the preregistration period. Students must have approval from their advisor for all courses they select. No pre-registrations are processed without the advisor's permission.

Nursing Courses
NUR 581 The School Nurse and the Exceptional Child
NUR 582 School Nurse Practicum
SLH 528: Counseling in Communication Disorders

Education Courses
EDC 501 Education and the Cognitive Development of the Child and Adolescent
EDC 510 Educaiton and Human Exceptionalities

Course Credits
School Nurse Certificate (SNC)
Course Number Credits Program
NUR 581 3 Credits SNC
NUR 582 4 Credits SNC
SLH 528 3 Credits SNC
EDC 501 3 Credits SNC
EDC 510 3 Credits SNC
Total: 16 Credits

Recommended Sequence of Courses per Semester*
NUR 581 (Required) The School Nurse and the Exceptional Child
SLH 528 (Required) Counseling in Communication Disorders
NUR 582 (Required) School Nurse Practicum
EDC 501 (Required) Education and the Cognitive
Development of the Child and Adolescent
EDC 510 (Required) Education and Human Exceptionalities
* For student wishing to complete the certificate in one year.


Please click on this Course Descriptions link for a full description of these courses.

Meryle Gurmankin, MSN, RN, CSN
Assistant Professor
Coordinator of the School Nurse Certificate Program and Continuing Education
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone (215) 951-1446



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