Leadership and School Nursing Concentration

Overview of School Nurse Program

There are two program pathways to complete an MSN in Leadership and School Nursing. One pathway is for nurses who hold or seek a Level 1 Educational Specialist-School Nurse certificate from Pennsylvania. Our newer pathway offers nurses who have completed certification in non-PA states and want to complete a MSN degree. 

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. 

Full-time students can earn their degree in as little as 24 months Part-time students can take up to 48 months.

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.

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Curriculum (Full-time)

Year One
  Pennsylvania School Nurses
Other than Pennsylvania School Nurses
Summer *NURS 504 School Nursing: Legal Mandates (3)
*EDDS 601 Advocacy Issues Within Special Education (3)
NURS 501 Introduction, Sacred Covenant Conceptual Framework (1)

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)
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)
NURS 515 Health Care Delivery System (3)

or
NURS 629 Instructional Methodologies for Nurse Leaders (2)
EDCC 531 Social & Ethical Issues in Education (3)

Summer EDDA 571 Trauma Restoration and Resilience in Educational Env. (3)
EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (3)

EDDA 571 Trauma, Restoration, and Resilience in Educational Environments (3)
NURS 622 Epidemiology & Informatics (3)

 
 Year Two
 Fall NURS 503 Practice Skills for Conflict Transformation (3) – if not taking EDCC521.
NURS 511 Translational Scholarship for Evidenced Based Practice (3)

NURS 503 Practice Skills for Conflict Transformation (3)
NURS 511 Translational Scholarship for Evidenced Based Practice (3)
(NOTE: NURS 511, 620, and 630 are to be taken sequentially in the final year of Nursing coursework as per policy)

 Spring  NURS 620 Safety, Risk Reduction, and Quality Care (4)
NURS 628 Systems Approach to Organizational Behavior (3)
NURS 620 Safety, Risk Reduction, and Quality Care (4)
NURS 628 Systems Approach to Organizational Behavior (3)
Summer   NURS 630 Leadership Project (4) NURS 622 Finance (2)
NURS 630 Leadership Project (4)
   TOTAL CREDITS: 38 or 39  

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 NURS 630.

Curriculum (Part-Time)

Year One
  Pennsylvania School Nurses
Other than Pennsylvania School Nurses
Summer *NURS 504 School Nursing: Legal Mandates (3)
NURS 501 Introduction, Sacred Covenant Conceptual Framework (1)
NURS 501 Introduction, Sacred Covenant Conceptual Framework (1)
Fall  *NURS 505 School Nursing: Theory and Diverse Learners (3)  NURS 510 Historical, Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3)
Spring  *NURS 506 School Nursing: Clinical Practicum (3) NURS 515 Health Care Delivery System (3)

or
NURS 629 Instructional Methodologies for Nurse Leaders (2)

Summer  *EDDS 601 Advocacy Issues Within Special Education (3) EDDA 571 Trauma, Restoration, and Resilience in Educational Environments (3)
Year Two
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) EDCC 531 Social & Ethical Issues in Education (3)
Summer  EDDA 571 Trauma Restoration and Resilience in Educational Environments (3) NURS 622 Finance (2)
Year Three
Fall NURS 503 Practice Skills for Conflict Transformation (3) if not taking EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution(3) in Year 4, summer semester NURS 503 Practice Skills for Conflict Transformation (3)
Spring  NURS 628 Systems Approach to Organizational Behavior (3) NURS 628 Systems Approach to Organizational Behavior (3)
Summer  EDCC 521 Peacebuilding & Conflict Resolution (3) NURS 622 Epidemiology & Informatics (3)
Year Four
Fall  NURS 511 Translational Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice (3) NURS 511 Translational Scholarship for Evidence Based Practice (3) (NOTE: NURS 511, 620, and 630 are to be taken sequentially in the final year of Nursing coursework as per policy)
Spring  NURS 620 Safety, Risk Reduction and Quality Care (4)  NURS 620 Safety, Risk Reduction, and Quality Care (4)
Summer NURS 630 Leadership Project (4)  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

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