The School Nurse Graduate Certificate program prepares school nurses to take the content exam for the Professional Educator License-Certified School Nurse (PEL-CSN). The program has been approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Our program is offered “fully online”, with two sequential theory courses during the summer and one theory/practicum course in the fall term, providing you with the flexibility needed to balance a busy work and personal life.
- Prepare you for leadership and advocacy within the school system
- Fully participate in IEP conferences advocating and supporting children and families
- Improve your marketability
University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a graduate certificate program or as a graduate student at-large must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
Admission consideration is given to applicants who submit complete applications by the April 1st deadline for summer term admission.
Interested applicants should possess the following qualities:
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from an NLN-accredited program or from a program accredited by the commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
- Minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course work; to include courses in which the student is currently enrolled
- Hold a current and unencumbered RN license in the state of Illinois
* Though not a requirement at time of admission, it is highly recommended that passing scores for the Illinois State Board of Education test of basic skills (TAP, ACT, SAT) are provided as close to time of admission as possible. Passing scores must be received by ISU prior to enrolling in the fall term practicum course, NUR 418.