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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.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to School Nursing
24 OSPI Clock Hours, Offered Summer and Fall

School nursing is a specialized practice that advances the well-being and health of students in the K-12 school-age population. Our blended class combines the best of independent and in-class learning, allowing participants more flexibility without sacrificing quality or content. This course prepares you for the 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.

Registration Notes

See above Discounts tab for available discounts and contact Center for Continued Nursing Learning (253-535-7027) for codes prior to registering.

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 Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.   

Refund Policies

These courses operate by the Nursing Refund Policies.


For more information, click the "Request Information" button above.

Keeping the Kids in the Classroom-Series $45.00

ONLINE COURSE                                                                                                      Seats Available: 24
Instructor(s):  Catherine Verriere Sumerwell ARNP, DNP

Dates:  2/1/2023 - 2/1/2023

Time:  7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Number of Sessions:  1
Contact Hours: 1.5    CEUs: 0


Location: fully online

Keeping the Kids in the Classroom Session 2 (02/01/2023)
Adolescent birth control, adolescent trans gender sexual health

Course Description:  This 1.5 hr. course will review the current recommendations for adolescent birth control and management strategies for adolescent cis and transgender sexual health.
Target Audience: Front line nurses caring for children, school nurses, primary care providers caring for school aged children, nursing students undergraduate and graduate level.

School nurse participants will earn 1.5 clock hrs. and other nurse participants will earn 1.5 contact hrs. at the completion of the activity.



Keeping Kids in the Classroom -- Online Edition $30.00
Instructor(s):  Kathleen Richardson DNP, ARNP, FNP-C
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1
Location: fully online

Kids and Anxiety


Learn to recognize anxiety in and help K-12 kids who suffer from anxiety that may manifest in different symptoms.
This 1 hour online workshop is open to any nurse that works with K-12 age kids.

Instructor: Kathleen Richardson, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, CEN, FAEN

1 Contact Hour or 1 Clock Hour available

Self Paced, Pre-Recorded

Keeping Kids in the Classroom -- Online Edition $30.00
Instructor(s):  Kristi Eilers, PMHNP
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.5
Location: fully online

Trauma-Informed Care


Using Trauma-Informed Care principles, with an emphasis on working with school-aged kids and a focus on the Adversity Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study. This online workshop is perfect for both School Nurses and for those working in pediatrics in these uncertain times.

As part of our "Keeping Kids in the Classroom" series for school nurses, this workshop offers 1.5 in-service education clock hours. PLU offers the hours through the Professional Education and Certification Division of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Olympia, WA. 

Contact hours through ANCC are also available.

1.5 Clock Hours (OSPI) or 1.5 Contact Hours


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