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Currently in Pennsylvania, completion of an approved School Nurse PK-12 Certificate program is required to practice as a school nurse. Pitt Nursing’s School Nurse PK-12 Certificate Program can prepare you for the toughest job you’ll ever love.

This online School Nurse PK-12 Certificate from the School of Nursing, a 15-credit (three-term) curriculum, fulfills the educational requirements for the state certificate, and is designed for graduates of BSN programs and students and/or graduates of MSN, DNP, or PhD programs. This program will prepare registered nurses to meet the health needs of children of all ages in diverse school settings. The curriculum includes a School Nurse Seminar course that covers the true essentials of school nursing, taught by a certified school nurse. Students will enhance their knowledge of health promotion and disease prevention in culturally diverse populations and their skills in physical assessment and working with psychiatric conditions.

Upon completion of the School Nurse PK-12 Certificate curriculum, you will be eligible to apply for the School Nurse PK-12 Certificate (Education Specialist 1) issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). In addition to meeting PDE educational requirements, Pennsylvania requires certified school nurses to have a BSN and a valid RN license. (Visit Pennsylvania Department of Education or your home state’s Board of Nursing website for state-specific requirements.)


The following criteria is required:

  • Pre-admission Interview
  • Current RN license in U.S. state/territory or location where student will complete clinical requirements
  • ≥ 3.0 GPA in BSN or higher nursing degree from an ACEN, ACICS, CCNE, or NLN accredited program
  • Current Criminal Record Clearance (ACT 34 and ACT 73)
  • Current Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (ACT 33)
  • Current American Heart Association – BLS Healthcare Provider Course Certification
  • Online application
  • Application Deadlines: August 1 (Fall Term), December 1 (Spring Term)

Admission of International Students

Applications from international students are reviewed according to the admission criteria stated above, and admissions deadlines for all programs are available online. The online application must be completed in English.  See the School of Nursing International Applicants page for specific admission requirements for international applicants.

Apply Now!

We welcome your application to the School of Nursing! You can begin your online application through the University’s Apply Yourself portal.

Tuition for online programs at the University of Pittsburgh is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. Tuition rates and student fee information can be found at the Pitt Online Tuition and Fees page.


Please visit the School Nurse PK-12 Certificate page for a full list of program courses and descriptions.

Inquiries and General Information

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, please contact School of Nursing Student Affairs & Alumni Relations Office.

Phone: 412-624-4586
Toll Free: 1-888-747-0794

School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street
240 Victoria Bldg.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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