School Nursing Program

Programs Offered

California State University, Fullerton's (CSUF) School of Nursing (SON) offers the following program options for School Nurse education:

Which program is right for you?

Those who hold a preliminary School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) should apply for the SNSC programOpens in new window

Those who already hold a clear School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) should apply for the MSN School Nursing programOpens in new window .


MSN School nursing Overview

The CSUF Nursing Faculty recognizes that school nursing practice requires significant autonomy and skill. The school nurse has responsibility to influence the health and well being of individual students and to advance their academic success and lifelong achievement.  The school nurse also influences the health and well-being of families, communities and school district faculty and staff. Well prepared school nurses are critical to the health of our society.

The concentration provides quality advanced practice education that emphasizes development of safe and effective school health care providers for a diverse population of children and families through acquisition of knowledge and skills that are commensurate with current evidence.  Faculty are dedicated to preparing school nurses as advanced practitioners with skills to address the complex and unique role of the school nurse and with a strong foundation in school health care research, theory and practice.

Faculty will provide a comprehensive educational foundation that encompasses child development and health, health management within school systems, and health education.  This foundation prepares the professional school nurse to “facilitate positive responses to normal development; promote health and safety; intervene with actual and potential health problems; provide case management services; actively collaborate with others to build student and family capacity for adaptation, self management, self advocacy, and learning” (NASN, June 1999).