By completing the School Nurse Certificate you will learn to meet the healthcare needs of children of all ages in diverse school settings. Health promotion, health risk reduction and heath education are emphasized across the curriculum. This program of study offers the knowledge and skills necessary to establish and maintain a comprehensive school health program.
The Villa Maria School, in cooperation with the School of Education, offers a post-baccalaureate
degree in nursing (BSN) certificate for school nursing. The school nurse certificate program
is open to registered nurses who have earned a BSN. Students who are currently enrolled in
Gannon University’s Villa Maria School of Nursing’s BSN program may take the courses for
the certificate during their undergraduate program, but do not qualify for enrollment in the
certification until licensed as a registered nurse in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The purpose of this post-BSN certificate is to prepare nurses to meet the health care needs of
children of all ages in diverse school settings. Health promotion, risk reduction, and health
education are emphasized. The program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department
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