School Nurse

Degree Offered

  • M.S. in Nursing
  • Option: School Nursing 

Campus Option

  • Main Campus (Union, NJ)
  • Kean Ocean Campus (Toms River, NJ)

Application Deadline

Fall:        June 1
Spring:     December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Kean University MSN in School Nursing program is the only school nurse graduate program in central New Jersey. The School Nursing option builds on the foundation courses for community health nursing and its focus on the transcultural dimension of the service makes it unique among graduate school nurse programs within the state.

The MSN school nurse program educates RNs with bachelor degrees to be well-qualified and prepared to respond to the health care needs of the state’s school districts as either instructional school nurses, eligible to teach health in the classroom, and/or supervisors of school health services, eligible to manage health programs for school districts. Students who complete the program will qualify for certification as instructional school nurse and/or supervisor of school health services.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
    • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (lower GPAs will be considered based on strength of overall application)
    • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
    • Proof of valid RN license (applicants should obtain proof here: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov and/or NJ State Standard Instructional School Nurse Certification
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Professional Resume/CV
    • Personal statement
    • Departmental interview may be required
    • TOEFL (for applicants whose native language is not English)

    PREREQUISITE COURSEWORK

    • Completed one course in each of the following areas: Basic Health Assessment (with practicum), Human Growth and Development across the Lifespan and Counseling for those students seeking certification

    PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

    • 39 credits
    • Copy of current liability insurance
    • Evidence of CPR and AED certification
    • Current Physical Examination
    • Criminal Background Check

    REQUIRED CORE COURSES – 15 CREDITS

    NURS 5000

    Nursing Science

    3 credits

    NURS 5100

    Nursing Leadership and Organizational Theory

    3 credits

    NURS 5600

    Computers in Health Care

    3 credits

    NURS 5900

    Research in Transcultural Nursing Administration I

    3 credits

    NURS 5901

    Research in Transcultural Nursing Administration II

    3 credits

     

    REQUIRED SCHOOL NURSE COURSES – 24 CREDITS

    PSY 5130 Human Development Across the Life Span or undergraduate equivalent required for school nurse certification
    CED 5910 Introduction to Counseling and Human Services or HED 4650 Community Health Nursing required for certification

    NURS 5501

    School Nursing I

    3 credits

    NURS 5502

    School Nursing II

    3 credits

    HED 5300

    Community Mental Health

    3 credits

    EMSE 5560

    Introduction to Education: Teaching Theory & Practice

    6 credits

    NURS 5500
    NURS 5400

    Advanced Practice in Community Health Nursing

    OR

    Epidemiology in Advanced Nursing Practice

    3 credits

    Required courses for students seeking Instructional School Nurse Certification – 6 credits

    NURS 5510

    School Nursing Practicum (required co-requisite: HED 5500)

    3 credits

    HED 5500

    Health Teaching Practicum (required co-requisite: NURS 5510)

    3 credits

    Required courses for students currently holding Instructional School Nurse Certification – 6 credits

    NURS 5910

    Transcultural Nursing Administration Practice III

    5 credits

    NURS 5911

    Independent Research in Evidence-Based Practice in School Nursing

    1 credit

    TOTAL OF 39 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM
     

    Program coordinator

    Admissions Counselor

    DR. VIRGINA FITZSIMONS
    Kean Ocean Gateway Building
    T. 609-361-4798
    vfitzsim@kean.edu

    MRS. ANN-MARIE KAY
    Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions
    T. 908-737-5922
    akay@kean.edu

    Updated 7/12/12