Alderson Broaddus University has revised the School Health Nurse program, which prepares nurses to apply for certification as a school nurse through the West Virginia Department of Education. The program consists of two 3 credit hour online courses for a total of 6 credit hours. Of those hours, 1 credit hour (45 clock hours) is to be done with a preceptor in a West Virginia County School setting.

Through the cooperative efforts of the School of Nursing and School of Teacher Education, a School Health Nursing option is offered. Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree individuals with an unencumbered West Virginia Registered Professional Nurse license, and who have completed the course requirements for this option, may apply for certification from the West Virginia Department of Education.

Course requirements include:

NRSG 496: (3) Educational foundations and Laws for School Health NursingĀ 
Concepts related to the legal structure and governance of public education will be investigated. While an elective course, the learner nonetheless incorporates student learning outcomes that reference evidence-based care, caring environment, critical thinking, professional communication/collaboration, information technology, and ethical and legal guidelines. Emphasis will be given to school law, legal procedures, policy-making, rules, regulations, and issues pertinent to school nursing. Students currently enrolled in the Alderson Broaddus BSN program may take this course during their final year of the program or following graduation. All applicants who request certification by the WV Department of Education as a School Nurse must have an active, unencumbered WV registered professional nursing license. (Class 3; Clinical 0)

NRSG 497: (3) School Health Nursing: Practicum
This course prepares the BSN level professional to provide age-appropriate care to students in the WV School systems. The course focuses on health education, child-centered care, community resources, and advocacy for children and their families. Students currently enrolled in the Alderson Broaddus BSN program may take this course in their final semester or following graduation. All applicants who request certification by the WV Department of Education as a School Nurse must have an active, unencumbered WV registered professional nursing license. Prerequisite: NRSG 496. (Class 2; Clinical 1)

Specialization in School Health Nursing: Non-Degree Seeking Student

____BSN from Accredited School of Nursing
____Program Name:
____Graduation Date:
____Current Unencumbered WV Nursing License Number:
Course # Credit HoursCourse Name
____Nursing4963Educational Foundations and Laws for School Health Nursing
____Nursing4973School Health Nursing Practicum

Major in NURSING (RN-BSN) with Specialization in School Health Nursing Option

 Course #  Credit Hours Course Name
____Required:
____Health Science 2253Medical Informatics *
____Philosophy 3913Ethical Perspectives for Health-Related Issues*
____Plus the Following Professional Courses (NRSG):
____NRSG405Transition to Professional Baccalaureate Nursing Practice
____NRSG415Health Assessment
____NRSG425Nursing Research
____NRSG435Nurse as Manager
____NRSG445Nursing Professional Development
____NRSG455Community Mental Health Nursing
____NRSG465Community as Client
____NRSG475Excellence in Nursing
____Plus:
____Complete Liberal Studies Check Sheet
____AND
____NRSG4963Educational Foundations and Laws for School Health Nursing
____NRSG4973School Health Nursing Practicum

Among REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION, the student must earn a grade of C or higher in all required nursing and support courses, maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Not required.

Liberal Studies Program: As outlined on the appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet.

*Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements.

Major in NURSING with Specialization in School Health Nursing Option

 Course #  Credit Hours Course Name
____REQUIRED:
____Biology2704Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab
____Biology2714Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab
____Chemistry1904Introduction to Chemistry/Lab*
____Health Science2253Medical Informatics *
____Health Science1002Health Care Terminology
____Health Science2603Nutrition
____Mathematics1133College Algebra (or higher)*
____Philosophy3913Ethical Perspectives of Health Related Issues*
____Psychology2203Human Development (For LPN-BSN Students)*
____PLUS the following professional courses:
____Nursing2054Transition to Professional Nursing (LPN-BSN only)
____Nursing2102Intro to the Profession of Nursing: The Art (Traditional only)
____Nursing2206Fundamentals of Nursing (Traditional only)
____Nursing2503Health and Physical Assessment
____Nursing2603Acute Psychosocial Nursing
____Nursing2805Nursing Care of Adults I
____Nursing3103Nursing Research
____Nursing3305Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family
____Nursing3405Nursing Care of Adults II
____Nursing3706Nursing Care of the Pediatric Client
____Nursing3805Nursing Care of Adults III
____Nursing4105Complex Health Issues: I
____Nursing4203Community Mental Health Nursing
____Nursing4301Critical Thinking: NCLEX I
____Nursing4503Leading & Managing in the Health System
____Nursing4605Complex Health Issues: II
____Nursing4704Member of the Profession: Community As Client
____Nursing4801Critical Thinking: NCLEX II
____AND
____Nursing4963Educational Foundations and Laws for School Health Nursing
____Nursing4973School Health Nursing Practicum

Among REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION, the student must earn a grade of C or higher in all required nursing and support courses, maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Certification requires passage of the NCLEX-RN Exam.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE: Not required.

Liberal Studies Program: As outlined on the appropriate Liberal Studies Check Sheet.

*Indicates courses that also meet Liberal Studies requirements.

Kimberly White

Associate Professor of Nursing; Chair, School of Nursing
Kimberly White

Associate Professor of Nursing; Chair, School of Nursing

304-457-6394