Program: Health Services Credential: School Nurse

Program Description

Notice: The School Nurse Program has been suspended until further notice and is no longer accepting new students.

Current students in this program should contact the Nursing department chair.

This credential may be issued to the qualified RN who holds a baccalaureate degree. A fifth year of study (24-unit minimum) is required for a Professional (Ryan) School Nurse Credential. A minimum of 12 units of coursework is required in residence at CSUN (regular session, extension, concurrent enrollment or Summer session). HSCI 475 and 476 must be taken after formal admission to CSUN as a School Nurse Credential student and cannot be taken through the College of Extended Learning.

For more information, refer to the Credential Office section of this Catalog (Health Services Credential Authorizing Services as a School Nurse). Immediately upon acceptance at CSUN, all students must meet with the Nursing faculty to have their academic records evaluated and to plan an individualized program that will meet state standards for the School Nurse Credential. School Nurse Credential students are responsible for keeping abreast of all requirements applicable to their desired credential, including requirements specified in the CSUN Catalog under Credential Program requirements. This includes the requirement that courses must be completed within 7 calendar years of the student admission date.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

Required Courses

*Must be taken concurrently.
**NURS 475 is the first course in curriculum and 476 is the exit course. Both must be taken at CSUN as an admitted credential student.

It is recommended but not required that students take both NURS 428 and 428L. NURS 428L is required only for the California Public Health Nursing Certificate and must be taken concurrently with NURS 428. If only NURS 428 is taken, students must repeat NURS 428 if they later choose to take 428L. Students should notify the School Nurse Credential advisor one semester in advance of when they plan to take the course to assure availability of clinical placement.

Candidates for this Credential must complete 12 semester units in CSUN courses, meet the required GPA, hold a Preliminary School Nurse Credential and have 2 years of successful service as a school nurse.


Department of Nursing
Chair: Rebekah Child
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 2210
(818) 677-5739