Division of Nursing
School Nurse Credential
In California school nursing is considered to be a highly specialized area of nursing practice requiring additional education and clinical preparation. The College of Continuing Education, in conjunction with the Sacramento State School of Nursing, offers the School Nurse Credential (SNCP) program. The SNCP began in 1966 and is academically based in the nursing graduate program at Sacramento State. The program is certified by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to issue the required credential, School Nurse Services, which allows a registered nurse to practice within a public school setting. The program is also recognized nationally as a leader in school nurse preparation. Graduates have gone on to become school nurse leaders, president of California School Nurses Organization (CSNO) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), as well as nurse educators, Directors of Health Services, and recipients of the CSNO's School Nurse of the Year awards. The STAH supplemental credential allows credentialed school nurse to teach health in the K-12 public school system. The STAH requires 2 additional courses.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Advanced skills in a specialized area of clinical nursing practice (e.g. school nurse practice).
- The knowledge and skills necessary to perform a specific leadership role in nursing (e.g. healthcare leadership in the role of the school nurse).
- Competence in the use of the scientific method for the purpose of improving health care (e.g. school nurse practice is guided by research and evidence-based practice)
- A stimulus for continued personal and professional development, including a foundation for doctoral study (e.g. school nurses participate in ongoing professional development)
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