School Nursing Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be employed as a school nurse while completing the credential?

While employment as a school nurse is not required, it is recommended. Working in the field while completing didactic coursework will allow you to put your new knowledge into practice and integrate your learning into your regular job functions.

My preliminary credential is expired, what can I do?

If your preliminary credential is expired or close to expiring at the time of application to the SNSC program, once admitted to the program the School of Nursing will provide an admission letter, study plan and letter of support. You can provide this documentation to the California Commission on Teacher CredentialingOpens in new window and request an extension of your credential for the period you will be enrolled in the program.

Can I earn the SNS Credential and the MSN with a School Nursing concentration together?

Yes! The first step is completing the credential portion of the program. In your last semester of the credential, you will be given the opportunity to add the MSN and if you choose to do so, you’ll be able to continue straight into the MSN upon completion of the credential coursework.

Are these online programs?

Yes! The SNS Credential program is almost completely online. At the beginning of the first semester of the program, students are required to attend a one day orientation session on the CSUF campus which allows students to meet each other and their faculty prior to being completely online.  Students do come to campus 1-2 Saturdays during each semester for face to face class activities. Dates of the Saturday sessions are provided in advance as attendance during these face to face class activity days is mandatory. Some online courses may require students to log in synchronously at pre-arranged times throughout the semester. Additionally, credential students will complete a preceptored fieldwork/practicum experience in their last semester of the credential program. If employed as a school nurse, it is possible for a student to complete much of the practicum experience at his/her own school district.

The MSN School Nurse program is completely online. Students in this program are also expected to attend a one day orientation session just before starting their first semester. After that, the program is completely online with no face to face requirements.

Can I work at my own pace through the course?

No. 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.