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University of Pittsburgh    
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 20, 2024
2023-2024 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog

School Nursing, MSN

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School Nursing Major

The School Nursing online major will prepare licensed registered nurses to work in the specialty practice of school nursing, which requires advanced skills to address the complex health needs of students within a school community setting. This innovative online program is a continuation of our online School Nurse PK-12 Certificate . Students will receive a personalized educational experience tailored to school nursing. This program will include evidence-based practice, compassionate care, communication, clinical judgment, diversity, public policy, ethics and social determinants of health. The Future of Nursing Report 2020-2030 notes that school nurses play a vital role in advancing health equity.

The School Nursing major will meet the need of nurses looking for programs offering online school nurse certificate (Level 1) as well as online MSN programs to allow them to get credits needed for their Level 2 school nurse certificate. Theory and practicum courses in school nursing provide opportunities to meet the school nurse competencies. The practicum in school nursing is completed in person in a school district selected by the student and approved by the course faculty. Career opportunities for graduates with this specialty are numerous in elementary, middle, and high schools in both public and private school settings.

School Nursing Applicant Requirements

A baccalaureate degree in nursing from CCNE, ACICS, ACEN, or NLN accredited program in nursing is required. Other requirements for admission include an application, official transcripts, professional references, an essay, a resume/CV, pre-requisite statistics course with a grade of B- or better, and a copy of a current license to practice nursing in the state or U.S. territory where the clinical practicum requirements will be completed. A GRE score may be required.

The school nursing major is only offered online. It can be completed on a full- or part-time basis.

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