College of Education > Academics > Leadership, Language & Curriculum > Licensure & Endorsements > School Nurse Endorsement
If the irregular hours and night shifts of a hospital work environment are beginning to wear on you, if you are yearning for a schedule that better matches that of your school-age children, or if you are simply looking for more regular hours and work-life balance, the School Nurse Endorsement program could be the solution you need. Licensed nurses interested in transferring their skills to a new setting are encouraged to apply for the College of Education program in partnership with DePaul’s preeminent School of Nursing.
Designed to be completed in one academic year (nine months), the School Nurse Endorsement program coursework is completed entirely online. In the final quarter of the program, students participate in an 11-week internship experience supervised by a certified school nurse and supported by DePaul Field Experience and Student Teaching Office.
Are you interested in enrolling in this program? Contact the College of Education’s Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 325-4405.
The School Nurse program at DePaul University is an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved program; it leads to School Nurse Endorsement in the state of Illinois. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Illlinois State School Licensure Content Exam (Test #236).
The College of Education, working in collaboration with the School of Nursing in the College of Science and Health, has developed this online program to prepare Registered Nurses to meet the qualifications for licensure as School Nurses. The course sequence has been designed to meet state requirements so that students completing the curriculum will be eligible and prepared to take the Illinois state School Nurse content exam and obtain an Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) School Nurse license. As with all of our programs in the College of Education, we strive to create positive educational transformations through the university’s Vincentian personalism that honors the dignity of each person.
ISBE requires that school nurses understand the context of the educational setting since it differs from the more traditional clinical and hospital environment. The School Nurse may be called upon to participate in special education case work and health assessments or record keeping that would not be traditionally affiliated with a nurse’s responsibilities in other settings. The School Nurse must therefore have coursework in the psychology, identification of, and methods of instruction for the exceptional child. The School Nurse must also have coursework that provides information regarding reading methods and content area reading.
Our state licensure program consists of 4 total courses for 16 credit hours (all online), plus an eight credit hour internship. The internship will include an 11-week full-time placement in a school under the mentorship of a school nurse.
Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to take the Illinois State School Licensure Content Exam, (Test #182).
Applicants to the licensure program must meet the admissions requirements of the College of Education (found here). Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s Degree and must have a minimum gpa of 3.0. They must provide transcripts from degree granting institutions, two letters of recommendation, and a copy of nursing license. ISBE requires that School Nurse candidates must hold licensure as a Registered Nurse in Illinois.
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