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ONLINE School Nurse Wellness Coordinator

College of Nursing and Health Sciences


Carrie Keib, College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Program Director (Interim)

Jennifer Boles, MSN, RN, LSN, NCSN

School Nurse Wellness Coordinator (SNWC)

This program requires advanced skills in school nursing that include wellness coordination, health service delivery system coordination, emergency preparedness, and leadership.  A SNWC endorsement may be added to The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) professional pupil services school nurse license upon evidence of three years of successful experience as a licensed school nurse.  The approved program of preparation for the endorsement shall include a practicum experience during which the candidate shall be required to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions for the SNWC. Applicants applying for the SNWC endorsement to the ODE Pupil Services License must hold a master's degree by the time the application is submitted.

This is a 15 credit option for registered nurses (RN) holding a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and at least 3 years full-time experience as an ODE Licensed School Nurse (LSN). The SNWC endorsement curriculum satisfies the College of Education CAEP accreditation (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation), Ohio Department of Education School Operating Standards, Professional Development Standards, and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) Standards for School Nurse Licensure preparation. The curriculum is also aligned with the American Nurses Association and National Association of School Nurses Scope and Standards of Practice. Upon completion of the program, students will meet the requirements to be eligible to apply to the Ohio Department of Education for the Professional Pupil Services License endorsement as a School Nurse Wellness Coordinator.

Admission Requirements

A registered nurse (RN) holding a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Applicants are required to complete at least 3 years full-time experience as a LSN for admission to the SNWC Program.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted online at

  1. Completed Ashland University Application

  2. Submit a $30 application fee

  3. Submit official academic transcript(s) from accredited institutions of higher education documenting all undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded.

  4. Cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above

  5. Submit a copy of active RN Licensure;

  6. Submit a copy of active ODE Pupil Services License; and

  7. Submit verification of school nursing working experience to:

    Ashland University

    Attn: Enrollment Services

    401 College Avenue

    Ashland, OH 44805

Official Electronic transcripts should be submitted to:

For further information, contact a Graduate Admission Representative at 419.289.5738 or email:

Program Completion Timelines

The student must complete all requirements for the School Nurse Certificate Program (SNC) within four years. The time limit normally is from the beginning date of the formal admission to the SNC to the last hour applied toward the program.

Special consideration will be given for leaves of absence for adequate cause. The student who fails to take courses or otherwise continue to pursue the program for a period of three consecutive semesters will be terminated from the program’s active file and will be required to reapply for readmission. Upon readmission, there is no loss of credit, though the four-year limit will be observed. The School Nursing Program Director will reevaluate the student’s courses and recommend any course work for audit.

Course Number and title



SNP 518: Health Determinants & Academic Indicators



EDLS 533: Essential Concepts in School Safety & Crisis Management



SNP 558: Emergency Preparedness in School Health


EDLS 533

NUR 9550: Healthcare Delivery, Quality, and Safety



NUR 9560: Health Policy & Advocacy



SNP 681: SNWC Practicum


SNP 518

EDLS 533

SNP 558

NUR 9550

NUR 9560

Total Hours


School Nurse Wellness Coordinator Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the School Nurse Wellness Coordinator Endorsement Certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Utilize the nursing process to deliver age appropriate and culturally competent care in the school setting.

  2. Demonstrate safe nursing practices in communication and information management.

  3. Integrate evidence and research contribute to quality school nursing practice.

  4. Evaluate his/her own nursing practice in relation to professional practice standards and guidelines of School Nursing.

  5. Use a systems approach to provide leadership and coordination for the wellness of students and their families, school staff and the community at-large

  6. Provide coordination of the school’s health service delivery system

  7. Provide emergency preparedness programming

  8. Provide leadership with school staff, and collaboration with other pupil service personnel leaders and administrators

School Nurse as Cognate Area for M.Ed. Adult Education Degree Completion

The School Nurse Wellness Coordinator Certificate program represents one of the options for completion of required 15 credit hour cognate areas within the Master's of Education in Adult Education. The cognate is an individualized specialty area of study encompassing the student’s interests and needs.

See M.Ed. Adult Education (ME.MED.ADED) description for more information.

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