2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

School Nurse Concentration

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Program Description:

Wright State University-Miami Valley College of Nursing and Health recognizes the importance of health in the entire school community including children, staff, parents, and families. Standards for professional licensure of personnel in schools currently lean toward preparation at the master’s degree. In order to be a leader in school health and an equal member of the educational team, it is important to be prepared as a school nurse with an advanced nursing degree. 

The School Nurse concentration at Wright State University meets the needs of registered nurses to be licensed as school nurses in addition to those wanting to assume a leadership role in the profession through a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a School Nurse concentration. Visit the National Association of School Nurses website or the Ohio Association of School Nurses website for more information about the practice of School Nursing. 

The Master of Science degree in Nursing with a School Nurse concentration is offered online or on campus and includes clinical experiences. The curriculum builds a foundation for master’s level nursing practice. Students who complete the program will meet the requirements to be eligible to apply to the Ohio Department of Education for a Pupil Services License as a School Nurse. Licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state, and we have not determined if this program meets educational requirements outside of Ohio. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Ohio, please contact the appropriate licensing entity in that state to seek information and guidance regarding that state’s licensure or certification requirements.

Applications for the School Nurse concentration are accepted on a year-round basis. Once accepted, students will meet with the Director of the School Nurse concentration to complete an approved program of study and be oriented to the program.  

For further information on the program, admission requirements, available scholarships or financial aid information, please refer to the College of Nursing and Health website at www.nursing.wright.edu, and click on the Graduate tab.

Admissions Requirements:

To be eligible to apply to this graduate nursing program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a bachelor prepared nurse, having earned a BSN in nursing with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for your baccalaureate degree and any subsequent graduate work
  • Be a Registered Nurse with an unencumbered license, having a minimum of one year full-time experience as an RN
  • Apply to Wright State Graduate School (http://www.wright.edu/graduate-school/admissions/apply-now).

    The application to the Graduate School must contain:
    • Official transcripts from all colleges attended
    • Professional statement (no more than 250 words)
  • Submit an Application for the College of Nursing and Health School Nurse concentration (https://nursing.wright.edu/sites/default/files/page/attachements/Generic%20MS%20CONH%20application%2011-5-14.pdf)

    The application to the College of Nursing and Health must contain:
    • Resume
    • An essay about a meaningful clinical situation which helped you clarify your goals and desire to become a school nurse
    • Two recommendation letters from your current or most recent supervisor or faculty member of your BSN program or a previous employer
  • Provide evidence of no criminal history record on file from both a Federal Bureau of Investigation and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (or applicable state) for background check. Please be aware that background checks may take up to 30 days to process. It is your benefit to complete the background check on month prior to the College of Nursing and Health application deadline. Background checks can be done in the Educational Resource Center at 116 Allyn Hall. The results must be sent to CoNH, 160 UH CONH, Wright State University, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton, OH 45435.

Applications are reviewed and admitted on a rolling basis.

Keep in mind that it takes 2-6 weeks to process an application in the Graduate School. Once all your application materials have been received, you will be contacted to interview with the Director of the School Nurse concentration.

For additional information:


Click here for a full listing of nursing faculty. (http://nursing.wright.edu/about/faculty-and-staff-profiles)

Program Requirements:

All students are required to complete a graduate statistics course prior to NUR 7005 Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice . Individualized plans will be developed on admission by the concentration director.

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