School Nurse Certificate

Admission: Fall and spring

The school nurse certificate program is designed for progressive nurses looking to increase their expertise as independent practitioners in a school environment. The demands on contemporary school nurses are increasingly complex, and the curriculum in the certificate courses prepares seasoned and novice nurses with the competencies required for confident, independent practice in today's educational settings. Graduates will find themselves with stronger, more refined ability to implement the nursing process in response to the diverse needs of children in the school community.

Students enrolled in another UIC College of Nursing graduate program may also enroll in the school nurse certificate program or take individual courses as electives.

Application deadline for spring is November 15. Learn about applying →
Application deadline for fall is July 15. 

About the program

This narrated PowerPoint discusses why you might decide to become certified in school nursing and why you should choose UIC to help you reach this goal. You’ll also learn what it takes to get into and through the program.

Program Length and Delivery

The 10-credit-hour program consists of three courses which can be completed in two to three semesters of part-time study. Coursework can be started during the fall or spring semester. The courses and discussions are conducted online. There are no required trips to campus.

Requirements for completion

Cost: See UIC's tuition for graduate online programs


The UIC School Nurse Certificate Program is designed for any bachelor’s-prepared registered nurse wishing to broaden their knowledge of school nursing. All students who complete the 10-credit hour program will receive a certificate from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Illinois school nurse students who complete the program will be endorsed for Illinois State Board of Education Professional Educators Licensure in School Nursing (formerly Type 73 certificate).

For more information, contact:

Catherine Yonkaitis, DNP, RN, NCSN, Director of the School Nurse Certificate Program

845 S. Damen Ave., (MC 802), Chicago, IL 60612