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University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
University of Pittsburgh Johnstown    
2019-2020 Johnstown Campus Catalog 
  Oct 01, 2023
2019-2020 Johnstown Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

School Nurse Certificate

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education School Nurse Certificate is offered jointly through the PittJohnstown’s Division of Education and the Division of Nursing & Health Sciences. The purpose of the School Nurse Certification Program is to prepare registered nurses to meet the health needs of children of all ages in diverse school settings. This certificate may be completed while enrolled in or after completion of the BSN program. Upon completion of the School Nurse Certificate curriculum, students are eligible to apply for the School Nurse Certificate (Education Specialist I) issued by the Pennsylvania (PA) Department of Education. (Note: BSN and valid registered nurse license from PA are required)

Curriculum Format

  • Part-time (~ 3 terms)


Graduates of the School Nurse Certificate are prepared to apply nursing knowledge, skills, and abilities in the care of school age children in diverse elementary and secondary school settings.

Admission Criteria

  • 3.0 GPA in the BSN degree or higher nursing degree from a CCNE, NLN, ACEN accredited program.
  • Current Criminal Record Clearance (ACT 34 and ACT 73)
  • Current Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (ACT 33)
  • Current American Heart Association - BLS Healthcare Provider Course Certification
  • Complete application packet
  • Fall, Spring and Summer term admissions

Curriculum (PA Department of Education Requirements)


+ Courses taken at other institutions will be evaluated for equivalency to Pitt-Johnstown courses and academic credit will be granted for comparable coursework.

* Prerequisites for NUR 1077  and NUR 1078 

EDPSY 1021  and EDPSY 1025  must be completed at Pitt-Johnstown unless an equivalent course was completed in prior baccalaureate degree coursework.

For More Information Contact:

  • Susanne Bodenschatz, Nursing Department 814-269-2995 or

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