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School Nurse Licensure


The purpose of Wright State University’s Professional Pupil Services School Nurse Licensure Program is to prepare highly qualified school nurses. These future school nurses must first complete a baccalaureate degree with course work in growth and development, psychology, sociology, and/or anthropology. Each candidate must also have course work in community health and a current license to practice as a registered nurse issued by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

This post baccalaureate School Nurse Licensure Program is designed to build upon an undergraduate education and to prepare the school nurse to be a collaborative team member within the school and community system. A 22-credit, graduate-level program, with courses taught by both the College of Nursing and Health and the College of Education and Human Services, requires course work in school nurse related topics. In addition, students must successfully complete an all-day, 10-week, Monday through Friday practicum in the school under the supervision of a university supervisor and a licensed school nurse.


In addition to meeting requirements for admission established by the School of Graduate Studies (these requirements can be reviewed at this Web site http://www.wright.edu/academics/catalog/grad/admissions/), candidates for these degrees who do not meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement to waive the GRE or MAT, must submit satisfactory Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores, unless otherwise noted (Waiver of GRE/MAT).

All students considering graduate-level courses in education and human services should do so with the understanding that graduate study differs in quality expectations from undergraduate study. Graduate study requires that students be increasingly self-directed and possess strong analytical skills. Students are not guaranteed a master’s degree by attending and completing courses. Exit requirements must be met in all programs.

Admission to the College of Education and Human Services is based on the candidate’s written statement of purpose, consideration of undergraduate and/or graduate cumulative grade point average, submission of satisfactory scores on either the MAT, GRE, or other required examination, and in some cases, letters of reference and a personal interview (see Waiver of GRE/MAT).

Technology Policy
For admission to the college, all College of Education and Human Services students, graduate and undergraduate, part-time and full-time, will be expected to certify that they own or have access to a computer and the Internet.

In order to meet the mission of the college “…to prepare professionals to meet the educational and human services needs of a diverse, democratic society,” it is necessary for our students to play an active role in the technological environment the college and Wright State University are creating to assist in the completion of this mission. An increasing number of classes and options will become available to students using a variety of distributed learning formats; library resources are available in a growing number of full-text formats, and global connections via telecommunications will be part of daily operations. Students preparing to become professionals in education and human service areas must demonstrate appropriate and effective skills and knowledge in technological aspects of their work.

Minimum equipment requirements are recommended by Wright State University’s Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS). Please check the following Web Site http://www.wright.edu/cats/purchase/pcguidelines.html for current information about minimum equipment requirements.

The college supports Macintosh computers in faculty and staff offices and maintains a computer lab. Wright State University has purchased a site license for most Microsoft software (see the Web page for Wright State’s Computing and Telecommunications Services, http://www.wright.edu/cats/ for details).

Admission Standards
Admission into regular status requires an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 grading system) or an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5, but with a 3.0 or better for the last 90 quarter hours (60 semester hours) earned toward the undergraduate degree. Admission into this status also requires approval by a degree program.

Candidates with a grade point average of less than 2.3 on a 4.0 grading system are not ordinarily admitted to graduate school. A petition process is available to formally request admissions not having met an admission standard.


1. Baccalaureate degree with course work in growth and development, psychology, sociology, and/or anthropology
2. License to practice professional nursing in the State of Ohio
3. Course work in community health

Under certain conditions, a student may be admitted provisionally (for one quarter only), pending receipt of credentials. If admission requirements are not met during the quarter in which a student was admitted provisionally, registration for future quarters will be denied and the student will lose graduate credit for any graduate courses completed during the quarter.

Students who have an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or better, or who have an average between 2.3 and 2.5 with 2.7 or better in the last half of undergraduate work, may be granted conditional admission.

Regular admission to the College of Education and Human Services is granted after successful completion of 12 hours of course work with a grade of B or better in each course.

Licensure Candidate
Students who wish to complete licensure requirements at the graduate level but do not wish to pursue a graduate degree may be admitted as licensure candidates with the permission of the department in which the programs are housed.

School Nurse Certificate Program
The program may be offered on-line during the academic year on an enrollment-dependent basis with NUR 642 and NUR 640 offered during the winter and spring quarters. HPR 640 is offered in the summer.
The School Nurse Certificate Program is a 22 graduate credit hours non-degree program that is a collaborative offering between the College of Nursing and Health and the College of Education and Human Services leading to endorsement for licensure as a school nurse in Ohio. Applications are due to the School of Graduate Studies before beginning your course work. Applications received after March 30th for the first time will be reviewed a space available basis only if there are sufficient numbers of students, NUR 640 and NUR 642 will be offered in the summer.

Requirements for admission:
• Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college. The degree does not need to be in nursing.
• A copy of current Ohio RN License submitted with application.
• Evidence of courses in community health, sociology, family, growth & development on your transcript.
• Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.

Directions for Applying to the School Nursing Certificate Program: You must complete the entire "Application for Admission to a Graduate Status ” from the School of Graduate Studies accompanied by a $25 nonrefundable one-time fee. Indicate the following under "Academic Information":
1. Admission status: Certification
2. Desired degree: leave blank
3. Selected program: Certification Candidate
4. Major/Concentration: School Nurse
5. A Statement of Objectives which is a brief essay clarifying your career goals.

Submit all materials including official transcripts to:
Wright State University
School of Graduate Studies
E344 Student Union
Dayton, OH 45435

Class Information for 2007

NUR 762 (3 credits) Spring 2007, Fall 2007
NUR 766 (3 credits) Winter 2007

Fall classes: The NUR 643 School Nurse Practicum Seminars are planned to be held weekly on-line in the late afternoon-early evenings during Fall Quarter and on selected Saturdays on campus. The HPR 643 School Nurse Practicum Seminar will be held on campus one Saturday, usually the first of the quarter.

Contact Information
We are located in the College of Nursing and Health at Wright State University in University Hall. Directions to WSU can be found at http://www.wright.edu/aboutwsu/maps/index.html

Please call the program secretary at 937-775-2576 for additional information or with updated information for the mailing list.
Program Faculty Contact Information:

Dr. Susan Praeger, APRN, BC Professor
College of Nursing & Health
128 University Hall
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435

Ms. Becky Bower, MS, ATC, LAT
Education Coordinator
College of Education & Human Services
316 E. J. Nutter Center
Wright State University
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy.
Dayton, OH 45435

Nondegree Status
Persons who have a bachelor’s degree may enroll in nondegree status for graduate courses without being admitted to a graduate program. If you wish to enroll in a degree program, only 50 percent of such credits may be applied to a degree program if they are appropriate.


Gregory R. Bernhardt (dean), education, counselor education

Associate Professors
D. Drew Pringle (chair), health and physical education

Rebekah Bower, athletic training

Course of Study

Professional Requirements

HPR 640 The Role of the Nurse in Schools 5
HPR 643 Practicum in School Nursing 5
NUR 640 School Nursing 5
NUR 642 Assessment of Children and Adolescents in Schools 2
NUR 643 Practicum in School Nursing 5
Total 22

Approved Course Substitutions:

NUR 766 or NUR 762 for NUR 642
NUR 744 for NUR 643

*The HPR 643/NUR 643 Practicum in School Nursing courses are reserved for students who have been officially admitted to the School Nurse Licensure program and have successfully completed the prerequisite course work (HPR 640, NUR 640, 641, 642). Written permission of the instructor is required to register.

Graduate School
E344 Student Union
Voice: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
E-mail: wsugrad@wright.edu
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