School Nurse Services Credential

The School Nurse Services Credential Program provides basic preparation for the professional role in school nursing. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and leads to the Professional Clear School Nurse Services Credential.

The program of study consists of 27 units. It is divided into two Phases; Phase 1 (9 units) and Phase 2 Cohort (18 units). Phase 1 courses are offered either through Fresno State (online or on campus) or through other universities with the approval of the School Nurse Services Credential Program Coordinator. You may email the coordinator for a list of approved courses.

Phase 2 Cohort courses are offered through Fresno State Division of Continuing and Global Education. It is a 12 month program beginning with the summer session, continuing through the following spring semester. Prior to the start of Phase 2 Cohort courses, students will attend a mandatory Orientation at Fresno State usually towards the end of June. All Phase 2 courses are online, with the exception of the Health Appraisal course.

To enroll in this program, students must be computer literate and have access to the Internet. A course in Nursing Research taken at any time in the past is a prerequisite to the program. For the School Nurse Practicum course, students are responsible for finding a qualified preceptor (currently practicing as a school nurse with a Professional Clear School Nurse Services Credential) in their geographical area.

School Nurse Services Credential Program of Study

School Nurse Services Credential Program Course Descriptions

APPLICATION

To apply for Phase 2 Cohort, a completed School Nurse Services Credential Program Application for Admission must be received by January 15 of that Phase 2 Cohort year. There is no fee for this application and it is the only application required. You do not need to apply to the University for Phase 1 or Phase 2.

School Nurse Services Credential Program Application

Applicant is responsible to submit official transcripts from all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate universities. The transcripts should reflect a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited school with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 units and a 3.0 in nursing. (*See exception below for two year RN degree.)

*A two year associate degree registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in another field of study may apply as long as the student completes public health nursing coursework from an accredited California university. Fresno State offers this coursework. To meet practicum requirements, students will work with a qualified public health preceptor of their choice in their geographical area.

In addition to official transcripts, please submit the following documents as one packet:

  1. Signed application.

2.   Submit two Applicant Recommendation Forms  

from employer and/or nursing instructor. (Employer/instructor may send directly to the coordinator.)

 

3.   Write a one page double-spaced essay stating

     rationale for pursuing a School Nurse Services

     Credential. Please sign and date.

 

4.   Current California Registered Nurse License.

 

5.   California Public Health Nurse Certificate or official

     transcripts of approved community health nursing.

     (Must include seminar and clinical coursework).

 

6.   School Audiometrist Certificate.

 

7.   If currently employed as a school nurse,

     submit a California Preliminary School Nurse

     Services Credential. This may be obtained through

     your County Office of Education.

Mail or Fax signed application and copies of the above documents to:

Coordinator, School Nurse Services Credential Program
Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing
1625 East Shaw Avenue #146
Fresno, CA     93710
Fax: (559) 228-2168

PROGRAM ACCEPTANCE

Phase 1

Students are responsible to ensure that all required documents are submitted and to inform the coordinator of Phase 1 course completion dates. If students have questions regarding possible equivalent Phase 1 coursework at another university not indicated on list of approved courses, please email the program Coordinator for approval. Student may be asked to send official transcripts, catalog descriptions, or syllabi.

Acceptance to Phase 2 Cohort

In early spring prior to the start of Phase 2 Cohort, the Program Coordinator will email each applicant the Phase 2 Cohort Acceptance/Survey Form. A completed application with official transcripts and all required documents must be on file in order to receive the Survey.

The purpose of the Phase 2 Cohort Acceptance/Survey Form is to:

  1. Notify student of acceptance to program.
  2. Update Phase 1 coursework completion status.
  3. Expedite transition to Phase 2 Cohort.
  4. Outline expectations for Phase 2 Cohort.
  5. Notify student of dates for Orientation, Teaching Strategies, and Health Appraisal Courses.

 

School Nurse Services Credential Program Coordinators

Jeanne Prandini (Students with last names A – L)

Diane Torna (Students with last names M – Z)