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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 (253-535-7063) 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.


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Common Legal Issues Surrounding School-Aged Kids $30.00
Instructor(s):  Margaret Holm, JD, RN
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.3
Location: fully online


Part of our 'Keeping Kids in the Classroom' series.

Legal experts answering common questions about legalities in school settings and with school-age children. 

This workshop will cover school documentation, professional boundaries, scope of practice, IHP, medication & delegation, and common scenarios.

1.5 Clock hours (OSPI) or 1.25 Contact Hours available

Participants can register at any time and will receive an email with information on how to complete the class on their own time. This is not a live session, but an asynchronous session.


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