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school nurse certificate program

School Nurse Certificate Program

University of Illinois-ChicagoCollege of Nursing

School Nurse Program

phyllis powell pelt ms rn director school nurse certification program
Phyllis Powell Pelt, MS, RNDirectorSchool Nurse Certification Program


Fax- 312- 996-7725

martha dewey bergren dns rn ncsn fnasn coordinator school nurse master s programs
Martha Dewey Bergren, DNS RN NCSN FNASNCoordinator, School Nurse Master’s Programs


Fax- 312- 996-7725

school nurse certification
School Nurse Certification


– distinct, unique body of knowledge

Ensures standard:

  • preparation
  • knowledge
  • practice
certification for school nurses
Certification for School Nurses
  • Parallels teacher certification
  • Commitment to profession
  • Peer recognition
  • Improves opportunities & advancement
school nurse certification steps
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
test of basic skills required
Test of Basic Skills- REQUIRED
  • State, not university administered test
  • Take NOW, BEFORE you apply
  • Web registration & study guide
  • 800 845-8749
two education courses
Two Education courses*
  • Exceptional Child
  • Educational Psychology

* B grade or above

*Masters preferred

*Undergraduate or community college accepted

*Masters required for Type 75 certificate

uic graduate school nurse courses
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.
school nurse type 73 content exam
Study Guide

School Nurse Type –73 Content Exam
sn internship required for certification
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)
prerequisite grades
Prerequisite Grades
  • 2.75 overall GPA
  • Applicants may petition admission
how to begin
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
required computer skills
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
uic masters and doctorate
UIC Masters and Doctorate
  • School Nurse Masters Degrees:
    • Family Nurse Practitioner
    • Advanced Community Health Practitioner
  • Internship Preceptors can use tuition waivers

Evelyn Kahn Scholarship

Chicago Public School Nurses

Illinois Association of School Nurses

Illinois School Health Association

National Association of School Nurses

Discover Nursing

join professional organization
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).

attend conferences
Attend conferences
  • IDPH - School Nurse Days
  • American Health Institute

Annually in August

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place Chicago, IL

    • Illinois Association of School Nurses

network with school nurse colleagues
Network with school nurse colleagues
  • IASN listserv
  • NASN listservs
    • Early childhood
    • Special needs
    • Administrator
  • SCHLRN-L school nurse listserv

  • School Nursing:
add to your library
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

stay informed
“……advancing the specialty of school nursing and promoting the professional growth of school nurses”Stay Informed
to do list
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
to do list cont
To do list (cont.)
  • Enroll in Exceptional Child
  • Enroll in Educational Psychology
  • College of Nursing Admissions office, Kate Diana 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

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