School Nurse
Certificate Program

Advance the well-being, academic success and life-long achievement of K-12 students.

School nurses promote health and safety, intervene with existing and potential health problems, and collaborate with educators and school faculty to build student and family capacity for adaptation and self management.

The School Nurse Certificate Program is designed for Registered Nurses who hold a Bachelor’s degree and want to receive an endorsement in school nursing from the State of Illinois. Students who successfully complete the program will be endorsed for the Illinois State Board of Education Professional Educators License with School Nurse Endorsement.

Curriculum Combines Education and Healthcare

The School Nurse Certificate Program at Lewis University prepares candidates with background knowledge and experience in learning and special education content as well as specialty knowledge in the field of school nursing. Candidates will complete coursework in both the College of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

The Professional Educator License with an endorsement in school nursing is the preferred credential for nurses working in the specialty practice of school nursing. As the only professional in the school who has a background and preparation in both the field of education and the field of nursing, the school nurse is qualified to identify concerns that interfere with the student’s learning, propose accommodations and implement interventions to allow the student full access to his or her education.

The school nurse functions as a bridge connecting the educational world and the healthcare world for the student. Graduates of the program will become qualified to:
  • Respond first to illness and injury in schools
  • Bring a wealth of knowledge, skills and judgment to emerging situations
  • Assure the health and safety of school students and staff/faculty
  • Care for and manage chronic health of students to keep them in class
  • Ensure 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
  • Identify the impact of health needs and determine and supervise medically-related recommendations
  • Educate students in making decisions that contribute to their health and well-being
  • Serve as a member of the Special Education team to assure that student health concerns are accommodated and do not negatively impact their learning.

Why Lewis?

  • Ranked as one of U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Tier Colleges”
  • Named #1 best private college value in Illinois by Great Value Colleges
  • Ranked #14 for adult students by
  • Small class size allows for high interaction with experienced and dedicated faculty
  • Great relationships with various organizations for field placements, internships or practicums, which allow for real-world experience and networking opportunities

Retention in the School Nurse Certificate Program

  • Candidates must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in all graduate level coursework
  • No course grade can be lower than a B
  • Candidates must pass the Test of Academic Proficiency from the Illinois State Board of Education or the ACT with writing portion with a cumulative score of 22 or better prior to entering the school nursing courses.
  • Candidates must 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 School Nurse Certificate Program

To become a Certified School Nurse, all candidates must:
  • Successfully complete all required courses and demonstrate achievement of the Illinois Standards for the School Nurse
  • Complete all key assessments and successful experience in the school nurse internship

Thinking about a Master’s degree?
Check out the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with School Nurse concentration.

For more information please contact the Office of Graduate and Adult Admission, (815) 836-5610 or e-mail