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School Nurse Certificate Program. University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing School Nurse Program . Phyllis Powell Pelt, MS, RN Director School Nurse Certification Program. [email protected] 312-413-0544 Fax- 312- 996-7725.

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School Nurse Certificate Program

University of Illinois-ChicagoCollege of Nursing

School Nurse Program

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Phyllis Powell Pelt, MS, RNDirectorSchool Nurse Certification Program

[email protected]


Fax- 312- 996-7725

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Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS RN NCSN FNASNCoordinator, School Nurse Master’s Programs

[email protected]


Fax- 312- 996-7725

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School Nurse Certification


– distinct, unique body of knowledge

Ensures standard:

  • preparation

  • knowledge

  • practice

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Certification for School Nurses

  • Parallels teacher certification

  • Commitment to profession

  • Peer recognition

  • Improves opportunities & advancement

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School Nurse Certification Steps

In the following sequence:

  • BSN

  • ISBE Test of Basic Skills

  • Education courses (2)

  • Two (2) School Nurse Courses

  • School Nurse Content Exam

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Test of Basic Skills- REQUIRED

  • State, not university administered test

  • Take NOW, BEFORE you apply

  • Web registration & study guide


  • 800 845-8749

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Two Education courses*

  • Exceptional Child

  • Educational Psychology

    * B grade or above

    *Masters preferred

    *Undergraduate or community college accepted

    *Masters required for Type 75 certificate

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UIC Graduate School Nurse Courses

  • NUPH 502: School Nursing Theory and Trends (3 Semester Hours)

  • NUPH 519 School Nursing Internship (3 Semester Hours)

  • ONLINE – mandatory on campus all day class beginning and end of semester.

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Study Guide

School Nurse Type –73 Content Exam

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SN Internship required for certification

  • All students 300 hour internship

    • Nurses in school nurse role may do 260 hours or fewer “on the job” + 40 or more outside

    • Nurses not in schools earn all 300 hours supervised

  • 15 weeks or one school year in length

  • Clinical contracts with schools

  • School nurse intern eligibility form required


  • 40 hours or more of UIC preceptor contact

  • Preceptor w/i 30 miles of residence (or intern identified preceptor)

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Prerequisite Grades

  • 2.75 overall GPA

  • Applicants may petition admission

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How to begin?

  • Illinois Test of Basic Skills

  • Order 2 copies of ALLtranscripts. Keep one copy sealed

  • If course names on pre-requisite list differ, request course descriptions

  • Enroll in education courses

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Required Computer Skills

  • Get an email address

  • Use email for routine correspondence

  • Use Web Search engines:

  • Word processing Community computer classes

    • Cut and paste

    • Save and save under new name

    • Open new folders

    • Move files

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UIC Masters and Doctorate

  • School Nurse Masters Degrees:

    • Family Nurse Practitioner

    • Advanced Community Health Practitioner

  • Internship Preceptors can use tuition waivers



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Evelyn Kahn Scholarship [email protected]

Chicago Public School Nurses

Illinois Association of School Nurses

Illinois School Health Association

National Association of School Nurses

Discover Nursing

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Join professional organization

National Association of School

Position papers & publications

Online access journal

Illinois Association of School Nurses

(Application for professional organizations is a joint

state and national on NASN website).

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Attend conferences

  • IDPH - School Nurse Days

  • American Health Institute

    Annually in August

    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Chicago, IL

    • Illinois Association of School Nurses

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Network with school nurse colleagues

  • IASN listserv

  • NASN listservs

    • Early childhood

    • Special needs

    • Administrator

  • SCHLRN-L school nurse listserv

  • School Nursing:


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Add to your library

·       National Association of School Nurses. (2005).School nursing scope and standards of practice. Scarborough, ME: NASN.

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Add to your library

Schwab, N & Gelfman, M. (Eds.) (2001). A resource for school nurses, administrators and attorneys. Lincoln, NE: Authors Choice Press ( Available from

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Add to your library

·       Schwab, N. C., Ruben, M., Maire, J. A., Gelfman, M. H. B., Bergren, M. D., Mazyck, D. & Hine, B. (2005). Protecting and disclosing student health information: Guidelines for developing school district policies and procedures. Kent, OH: American School Health Association. It can be ordered from or

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Add to your library

·       National Association of School Boards of Education. (2003) How schools work & how to work with schools: a primer for professionals who serve children and youth. Go to : . Look for NASBE Bookstore link and then Safe and Healthy Schools link. This publication is the first selection. $14.00

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Add to your library

Melnyk B. & Fineout­Overholt (Eds.) Evidence-based practice in nursing and health: A guide to best practice Philadelphia: Lippincott

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“……advancing the specialty of school nursing and promoting the professional growth of school nurses”

Stay Informed

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To do list:

  • Take Illinois Test of Basic Skills:

  • Order 2 copies of ALL transcripts since high school. Leave one copy sealed

  • Request course descriptions from colleges if course names on pre-requisite form differ

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To do list (cont.)

  • Enroll in Exceptional Child

  • Enroll in Educational Psychology

  • College of Nursing Admissions office, Kate Diana [email protected] will send an application

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To do list (cont.)

  • Applications:

    • Apply to both UIC CON & Graduate School

      • College of Nursing Application instructions:


      • Graduate application

        Space is limited - ENROLL EARLY