Introduction to School Nursing

School Nurse


The school nurse serves in a pivotal role that bridges health care and education. Grounded by standards of practice, services provided by the school nurse include leadership, community/public health, care coordination, and quality improvement (NASN, 2016a).

A student’s health is directly related to his or her ability to learn. These school nurses address the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and supports their achievement in the learning process.

Course Descriptions

Introduction to School Nursing
24 OSPI Clock Hours, Offered Summer and Fall

Embark on a transformative journey into the heart of school nursing with our innovative blended class, where the art of healing meets the science of education.  Tailored for the K-12 school-age population, our program seamlessly integrates independent and in-class learning, offering participants unparalleled flexibility without compromising on the richness of content.  This comprehensive course is your gateway to acquiring the coveted Educational Staff Associate Initial Certification as a School Nurse.  Delve into a curriculum that unveils the intricate tapestry of the school nurse’s role, exploring vital aspects such as growth and development, assessment tools, school law, and the ethical and professional responsibilities inherent in this noble profession.  Elevate your passion for health and education, to become a beacon of well-being in the vibrant landscape of school nursing.

This course is approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) for meeting the requirements for initial certification as a School Nurse.

Prerequisite for this ESA course: Must hold a valid state of Washington Registered Nurse License, and BSN is strongly preferred.  Please refer to the OSPI website for addition information.

Credential/Accreditation Information

PLU is an accredited provider of OSPI clock hours for courses.

Pacific Lutheran University (PA-19#) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education approved by the Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

About our Instructors!

Summer 2024

Registration Opens January 8, 2024

Location: self-study/online synchronous combo:

Self -paced Starts Monday, May 27th, 2024
Live internet Saturday, June 15th, 2024
In person lab Saturday, June 22nd, 2024 (PLU campus)

PLU Garfield Commons 208 Garfield St. S Tacoma, WA  ROOMS 101,103

This was extremely helpful, and I am so thankful that such a thorough course like this exists for school nurse ESA. Thank you so much.

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Intro to School Nursing Summer 2023