School Nurse Program

School nursing is a specialized practice of professional nursing that advances the well being, academic success, and life-long achievement of students. To that end, school nurses facilitate positive student responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; and actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning.

As a school nurse, you will:
  • Respond first to illness and injury in the schools and bring a wealth of knowledge, skill and judgment to emerging situations;
  • Assure the health and safety of the school students and staff;
  • Care for and manage the chronic health conditions of students to keep them in class and ready to learn;
  • Assure student compliance with state and local regulations related to health and safety;
  • Manage disaster preparedness and emergency service plans;
  • Provide health education and staff wellness programs;
  • Serve as a member of the Multidisciplinary Team to identify the impact of health needs and determine and supervise medically-related recommendations.
  • Educate students in making decisions that contribute to their health and wellbeing.
The School Nurse Program is designed for Bachelor’s prepared, Registered Nurses who want to become licensed school nurses. Students who successfully complete the program will be endorsed for the Illinois State Board of Education Professional Educators License with School Nurse Endorsement.

The School Nurse Program prepares the candidate with background knowledge and experience in learning and special education content as well as specialty knowledge in the field of school nursing. The school nurse functions as a bridge connecting the educational world and the healthcare world of the student. Candidates will complete coursework in both the College of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Retention in the program:
  • Candidates must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in all graduate level courses in the program.
  • No course grade can be lower than a B.
  • Candidates must successfully take and pass the Illinois State Board of Education Content area test in School Nursing (182) prior to entering the School Nurse Internship course.
Completion of the program:
  • Candidates must successfully complete all required courses and evidence achievement of the Illinois Standards for the School Nurse.
  • This proposed program is consistent with the Illinois Nurse Practice Act as well as current state and national school nurse standards and guidelines.
  • Candidates must successfully complete all key assessments.
  • Candidates must have a successful experience in the school nurse internship.
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For more information please contact the Office of Graduate and Adult Admission, (815)836-5610 or e-mail