Youngstown State University’s School Nurse Licensure Program is designed to build upon undergraduate education and to prepare the school nurse to be an effective member of the professional school community. This program requires 15-17 semester credit hours with courses taught by both the Nursing Program and the College of Education. Included in the program are 300 practicum hours (5 s.h. credit) in a school setting under the supervision of a licensed school nurse preceptor and a university faculty member. This practicum may be taken in increments to accommodate the working student. Opportunities for practicum hours to be waived (up to 200 hours) are considered on an individual basis for nurses with school nurse experience. Courses are either online or hybrid, meeting about 4 times during the semester.
Students seeking admission into the School Nurse Licensure Program must have a baccalaureate degree with course work in growth and development, psychology, sociology, and community health. Students must be licensed to practice nursing in Ohio, or eligible to be licensed (graduate of an approved school of nursing). The Ohio RN license is necessary prior to practicum placement.