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School Nursing  

Healthcare professional examining a smiling child in a doctor's office

The school nurse serves in a pivotal role that bridges health care and education. Grounded by standards of practice, services provided by the school nurse include leadership, community/public health, care coordination, and quality improvement (NASN, 2016a). 

A student’s health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. The school nurse addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process.

Eligibility Requirements

Open to anyone with an interest in school nursing, click here to see: OSPI requirements to become a school nurse

Credential/Accreditation Information

PLU is an accredited provider of OSPI clock hours for courses.

Pacific Lutheran University (PA-19#) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education approved by the Washington State Nurses Association Approver of Continuing Nursing Education (A-CNE), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   

Course Descriptions

Introduction to School Nursing

28 Contact Hours, 30 OSPI Clock Hours, or 2 Academic hours for BSN prepared nurses (additional cost)

School nursing is a specialized practice that advances the well-being and health of students in the K-12 school age population. This course prepares you for initial Educational Staff Associate Initial Certification as a School Nurse. Content includes the role of the school nurse within the context of the school and society, growth and development, assessment and screening tools, school law, and legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of the role.

This course is approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for meeting the requirements for initial certification as a School Nurse.

Keeping Kids in the Classroom

This course provides school nurses an update on clinical issues and information needed to facilitate classroom attendance and learning. Next offering: Summer 2018

See above Discounts tab for specials, Contact Center for Continued Nursing Learning, for codes prior to registering.

Refund Policies

These courses operate by the Nursing Refund Policies.


Contact Information
Center for Graduate and
Continuing Education

Phone: 253-535-7722

Center for Graduate and
Continuing Education
12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447