School Nurse Certification


    Graduate School Nurse Certificate Program



    Lorraine M. Chewey, MS, RN, NJ-CSN
    Coordinator, School Nurse Certificate Program
    Location: Education and Professional Studies Building, Rm. 442
    Phone: 201-200-2421

    In response to a growing demand for certified school nurses the New Jersey City University School Nurse Certificate program is approved by the New Jersey State Department of Education and meets the requirements for the Educational Services Endorsement as a Certified School Nurse. The program is student-centered and tailored to meet the needs of the adult-learner. Faculty has experience in the field and work closely with school nurse leaders and administrators to craft a current and comprehensive curriculum for students. Incorporating leadership and research components this graduate certificate program can be applied towards a Masters Degree in Health Sciences.

    This endorsement authorizes the holder to perform nursing services and to teach in areas related to health in public schools in grades preschool through 12. (NJDED Administrative Code title 6A: Chapter 9-13.3 page x)

    The requirements for admission to this program are: 

    • The completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75
    • Hold a current New Jersey License as a Registered Professional Nurse Meet all minimum requirements of the Graduate Studies Office. These requirements include: completed application; transcripts and essay. 
    • An interview may be requested.

      Students may take this program on the New Jersey City University main campus, at NJCU, at WALL or online. Classes are web-enhanced, blended or online.
      Click here to find out more about NJCU at WALL.

      • The Graduate School Nurse program at NJCU is certified by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC)

    Course Requirements:

    Course  Course Title  Credits 
    HLTH 620  Evidence Based Practice in Public Health 3
    HLTH 630  Trends & Issues in Substance Abuse 3
    HLTH 636  The Role of the School Nurse in the Coordinated School Health Program I 3
    HLTH 641  Methods and Curriculum Development in Health Education 3
    HLTH 642  The Role of the School Nurse in the Coordinated School Health Program II 3
    HLTH 635
    HLTH 647 
    Public Health Issues of Immigration

    Health Disparities among Diverse Populations



    HLTH 643  School Nurse / Health Education Practicum  6
    PSYC 603* Developmental Psychology 3
    SPEC 605   Introduction to Education and Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3

    Note: Prerequisite 636 & 641 required for Health 643

    *A maximum of 3 courses may be waived toward certification in the following content areas: 
           Developmental Psych/Lifespan Development (PSY 603)
           Community/Public Health (HLTH 620) 
           A third course may be waived toward certification in consultation with the program coordinator. 

      Graduate School Nurse Certificate Program worksheet

    Master’s Degree Completion

    Upon completion of the graduate School Nurse certificate program students may matriculate into the Master of Science degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in School Health Education. Students who have completed 21 graduate credits need the following graduate credits for a total of 36 graduate credits.  

    Course  Course Title  Credits 
    HLTH 614  Advanced Epidemiology 3
    HLTH 616  Techniques of Health Research 3
    HLTH 629  Health Education Theory and Practice 3
    HLTH 660  Thesis or Project 3
    HLTH XXX Elective 3