The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing offers coursework that allows students to obtain a level-one school nurse certificate through the PA Department of Education. The School of Nursing is approved by the Department of Education to offer the school nurse certification program.
This program can be completed while meeting the requirements for the BSN degree or by RNs who already have an earned BSN degree. Admission requirements include current RN license, CPR, First Aid, Act 34 and 151 clearances, health evaluation with a TB test, and the prerequisite courses required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). They are: English writing, English literature and 6 credits of math. Courses required for the program are Educational Psychology, Special Needs, School Nurse Role and School Nurse Practicum. The PDE issues the School Nurse Certificate.