Leadership and School Nursing Concentration

Overview

The program is consistent with current Pennsylvania state and national school nurse standards and guidelines. It focuses on health care management for school-aged children and is designed to prepare registered nurses to meet the health needs of children of all ages in diverse school settings. Graduates of this program meet the requirements for a Pennsylvania certificate as a Level I Educational Specialist-School Nurse. However, school nurses from states other than Pennsylvania will find the program beneficial as well.

Graduates of a Master of Science in leadership and school nurse concentration will find jobs in the following areas:

  • School and camp settings.
  • Supervisors or directors in public health, or other agencies.
  • College level teaching in nursing at an associate or baccalaureate level. If at the baccalaureate level, you will need to consider a PhD or DNP in the future.

Curriculum (Full-Time)

Year one

Summer
NURS 504 School Nursing: Legal Mandates (3)
EDDS 601 Advocacy Issues Within Special Education (3)
NURS 501 Introduction, Sacred Covenant Conceptual Framework (1)
Fall
NURS 510 Historical, Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3)
NURS 505 School Nursing: Theory and Diverse Learners (3)
Spring
EDCC 531 Social & Ethical Issues in Education (3)
NURS 506 School Nursing Practicum (3)

Year two

Summer
EDDA 631 Research in Risk and Resiliency (3)
EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (3)
Fall
NURS 503 Practice Skills for Conflict Transformation (3) – if not taking EDCC521.
NURS 511 Translational Scholarship for Evidenced Based Practice (3)
Spring
NURS 620 Safety, Risk Reduction, and Quality Care (4)
NURS 628 Systems Approach to Organizational Behavior (3)
Summer
NURS 630 Leadership Project (4)

Total Credit Hours: 38 or 39

  • required 12 credits for the PA Department of Education Educational Specialist Level I Certification: School Nurse

NOTE: For both full-time and part-time students, NURS511 is a prerequisite to NURS620 which is a prerequisite to NURS630. In addition, these courses must be taken sequentially in the student’s last year in the program. Finally, all work must be completed before one is eligible for enrollment in NURS630.

Curriculum (Part-Time)

Year one

Summer
NURS 504 School Nursing: Legal Mandates (3)
NURS 501 Introduction, Sacred Covenant Conceptual Framework (1)
Fall
NURS 505 School Nursing: Theory & Diverse Learners (3)
Spring
NURS 506 School Nursing: Clinical Practicum (3)

Year two

Summer
EDDS 601 Advocacy Issues Within Special Education (3)
Fall
NURS 510 Historical, Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3)
Spring
EDCC 531 Social & Ethical Issues in Education (3)

Year three

Summer
EDDA 631 Research in Risk & Resiliency (3)
Fall
NURS 503 Practice Skills for Conflict Transformation (3) if not taking EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (3) in Year 4, summer semester
Spring
NURS 628 Systems Approach to Organizational Behavior (3)

Year four

Summer
EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (3)
Fall
NURS 511 Translational Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice (3)
Spring
NURS 620 Safety, Risk Reduction and Quality Care (4)
Summer
NURS 630 Leadership Project (4)

Total credit hours: 38 or 39

  • Required 12 credits for the PA Department of Education Educational Specialist Level I Certification: School Nurse