School Nursing Curriculum

School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC)

The SNSC curriculum includes 24 semester units of nursing and supplemental coursework. The program is completed in 16 months (4 semesters) of part time study. Coursework is primarily offered online with limited face to face learning experiences. Each semester, students may be required to come to the CSUF campus for face to face class meetings 1-3 times (on Saturdays) during the term. Some online courses may require students to log in synchronously at pre-arranged times throughout the semester. Additionally, in the last semester of the SNSC, students will complete clinical hours in a practice setting. This placement is facilitated by the School of Nursing's Clinical Placement team.

This program uses a cohort model where students follow a set study plan. The study plan is designed by the faculty to give students the best learning experiences and to ensure courses are taken in the proper order to accommodate all needed prerequisites for each course. Online coursework through the School of Nursing is structured similarly to face to face classes in that you will have assignments to complete based on a set schedule with definite due dates. Students do not work through courses at their own pace but rather stay on track together to foster collaborative discussion with classmates and instructors throughout the whole semester.

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 530 – School Nurse Specialist I (3)
SPED 462 – Practices and Procedures in Special Education (3)
6
Spring NURS 524 – Advanced Health Assessment: Ambulatory Pediatrics (3)
NURS 526 – Health Care for the Young Family (3)
6
Summer COUN 511 – Pre-Practicum (3)
HCOM 461 – Audiology and Audiometry (3)
6
Year 2 Fall NURS 532 – School Nurse Specialist II (3)
NURS 533L – School Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)
6
TOTAL UNITS 24

All Courses and Course Sequences are subject to change at any time.

NURS 524 Advanced Health Assessment: Ambulatory Pediatrics (3)
Prerequisites: undergraduate course in Health Assessment and admission to the school nursing program. Knowledge/skills required to conduct a pediatric assessment appropriate to age of child/adolescent and nature of the visit. Includes collection, analysis and application of health/physical assessment data on children within the school environment.

NURS 526 Health Care for the Young Family (3)
Prerequisite: admission to the SNS Credential program.  Provides knowledge and skills needed to identify and provide health promotion/disease prevention information to school staff, parents and their children. Reviewing developmental/behavioral theories and assessment techniques and strategies for health lifestyles.

NURS 530 School Nurse Specialist I (3)
Prerequisite: admission to the SNS Credential program. Advanced theory and practice of school nursing with emphasis on health care provider role of the school nurse with children of varying ages, including those with special needs and learning disabilities.

NURS 532 School Nurse Specialist II (3)
Prerequisite: admission to the SNS Credential program. Advanced practice role of school nurses focusing on program level issues. Management, coordination, resource utilization, advocacy, health care policy and communication with school staff, educators, administrators, clients and families within school districts.

NURS 533L School Nurse Specialist Practicum (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 530; Pre- or Co-requisite 532. Field study applying theory, research and clinical skills related to multifaceted role of the professional school nurse. Planning, coordinating and providing health care in school/community settings. Assessing and managing children’s health care needs. Credit/No Credit only.

COUN 511 Pre-Practicum (3)
Basic counseling skills, including establishing a therapeutic relationship, facilitating client self-exploration and understanding how one’s values influence the counseling process. Crisis intervention also will be addressed. Extensive role play practice.

HCOM 461 Audiology and Audiometry (3)
Characteristics of hearing disorders, including etiologies and risk factors. Methods and procedures used in assessing the auditory system including current topics of interest. Partially fulfills the requirements for state audiometrist certificate.

SPED 462 Practices and Procedures in Special Education (3)
Critically examines current laws, educational implementation and related practices in Special Education from birth through 21 years. Issues of multiculturalism; non-discriminatory assessment, curriculum and instructional strategies; federal, state and community resources


Master of Science in Nursing: School Nurse Concentration (post SNSC program)

The MSN School Nurse curriculum includes 30 units of graduate nursing coursework. The program is completed part time in 5 semesters of continuous enrollment (21 months). Courses are offered completely online. Faculty for the online courses may require students to log in synchronously at specified times during a semester.

This program uses a cohort model where students follow a set study plan. The study plan is designed by the faculty to give students the best learning experiences and to ensure courses are taken in the proper order to accommodate all needed prerequisites for each course. Online coursework through the School of Nursing is structured similarly to face to face classes in that you will have assignments to complete based on a set schedule with definite due dates. Students do not work through courses at their own pace but rather stay on track together to foster collaborative discussion with classmates and instructors throughout the whole semester.

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 501 – Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 505A – Nursing Research and Evaluation for Practice (3)
6
Spring NURS 505B – Seminar in Nursing Research (3)
NURS 507 – Advanced Decision Making: Nursing Issues Seminar (3)
6
Summer HESC 455 – Designing Health Education Curricula (3)
Graduate Elective (3)
6
Year2 Fall NURS 540 – Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
NURS 552 – Advanced Pharmacology: Prescriptive Authority (3)
NURS 597A – Project (2) or NURS 598A – Thesis (2)
7
Spring NURS 508 – Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
NURS 597B – Project (2) or NURS 598B – Thesis (2)
5
TOTAL UNITS 30

All Courses and Course Sequences are subject to change at any time.

NURS 501 Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing Practice (3)
Prerequisite: graduate status or consent of instructor. Study and critique of the organization and development of nursing knowledge.

NURS 505A Nursing Research and Evaluation for Practice (3)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Overview of research methodology, research problems, interpretation and utilization of research results, with emphasis on critique of qualitative and quantitative nursing research. 

NURS 505B Seminar in Nursing Research (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 501 and NURS 505A; or admission to DNP program. Concepts and issues related to evidence based-practice. Develop and refine the directed project/research proposal. Proposal includes problem/purpose statements, literature review, measurement tools, work plan, timeline, method and evaluation (analysis/synthesis) plan.

NURS 507 Advanced Decision Making: Nursing Issues Seminar (3)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Applies critical thinking and decision making theory to professional issues within the context of ethical/legal and public policy considerations and with multidisciplinary health teams. One or more sections may be offered online.

NURS 508 Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 501 and NURS 505A. Applies epidemiological model to analyze the health risk factors that place populations at risk for health conditions and plan nursing interventions to promote health and prevent disease. One or more sections offered online.

NURS 540 Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Principles of normal body functioning, pathophysiologic and psychological changes occurring with altered health across life span. Clinical case studies utilized to demonstrate the pathophysiologic basis for assessment and management of common health problems.

NURS 552 Advanced Pharmacology: Prescriptive Authority (3)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Advanced course of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutic content and application relevant to the Advanced Practice Nurse.  One or more sections offered online.

NURS 597A, B Project (2, 2)
Prerequisites: NURS 505A,B and consent of instructor; Prerequisite for NURS 597B is 597A. Identification of specific issues/problems in degree concentration and development and completion of project.

NURS 598A, B Thesis (2, 2)
Prerequisites: NURS 505A,B and consent of instructor. Prerequisite for NURS 598B is 598A. Individual research with conferences with instructor, culminating in a thesis.