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La Salle University Master of Science in Nursing
School Nurse Certificate - Course Descriptions

School Nursing Courses:

NUR 581: The School Nurse and the Exceptional Child (3 credits)
This course examines the principles of school nursing applied to children with special education and health-related needs. Students explore the practical applications of laws, rules, and regulations that form the basis for accommodating the needs of exceptional children. Emphasis is placed on identifying common health problems and disabilities, nursing care management, and interdisciplinary decision-making. This course addresses Knowledge of Content (IA-ID), Performances, and Professionalism (IIIA-IIID) specified in the School Nurse Guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Standards. (Prerequisite: None): Fall Semester Only

NUR 582: School Nurse Practicum (4 credits)
This course provides the student with a practicum in school nursing to meet the entry criteria for school nurse certification in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and meets Standards IV, V, VI, and VII of the Pennsylvania Department of Education General Standards and School Nurse Guidelines I.A., I.B., I.C., I.D., II, III.B., III.C., and III.D. Practicum students will demonstrate the school nurse role under the supervision of a certified school nurse mentor. Students applying to take course will present a dossier detailing previous work experience and professional academic experience for evaluation by the School of Nursing. (Prerequisite: NUR 581): Spring Semester Only

Speech Language Hearing Courses:

SLH 528: Counseling in Communication Disorders (3 credits)
This course provides an overview of counseling in the helping professions. Components of the helping relationship including attending to clients and recognizing communication patterns will be surveyed. Counseling theories, goal setting, and strategic interventions with clients and their families will be critiqued. This course will include active learning strategies and case study analysis. (Prerequisite: None): Fall Semester Only

Education Courses:

EDC 501: Education and the Cognitive Development of the Child and Adolescent (3 credits)
Addresses cognitive development and the acquisition of knowledge then explores the implications for instruction. Emphasizes creating more meaningful learning experiences for pupils who are at varying developmental levels and who have different learning styles. (Prerequisite: None)

EDC 510: Education and Human Exceptionalities (3 credits)
Introduces human exceptionalities. Surveys the psychological, medical, legal, and social factors influencing the provision of services for exceptional people. Clarifies perceptions of “exceptionalities,” defines and describes key terms and concepts, and identifies major trends that affect the scope and nature of services to exceptional people. (Prerequisite: None)


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