Certificate Requirements

When all coursework is completed, students are eligible to sit for the ISBE School Personnel Certification Test (School Nurse Content), administered by the Illinois Certification Testing System, and submit an application for Illinois Professional Educators Licensure in School Nursing.

To receive the school nurse certificate, students must complete the following courses:

Education Perspectives in School Health (NUSP 512) 4 The scientific knowledge base of child development and educational psychology. Will explore the implications for classroom practice. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.
School Nursing Theory and Trends (NUSP 513) 3 Explores population-focused frameworks, health needs, and legal mandates that impact school community. School nursing practice models are studied as relevant to developing leadership and management. Prerequisite(s): Consent of the instructor.
School Nursing Internship (NUSP 514) 3 Concepts, principles and best practices of school nursing applied within the school community. Clinical experience with an emphasis on development of a coordinated school health program. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Internship Requirements

The internship requires 300 hours in a school setting. This time can be spread over two semesters, and some hours can be earned while working in a school nurse position. During this time, UIC faculty will conduct site visits; also, interns will be assigned a preceptor within 30 miles who will plan learning experiences with the intern and provide mentoring and guidance. Interns not presently working in a school will be placed in a school with a school nurse preceptor within 30 miles of their community.

In order to promote patient safety, students are required to meet certain requirements pertaining to background checks, immunizations and drug testing before beginning the internship.