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School Nurse License

The Ohio Department of Education issues a license for school nurses.­ School districts are expected to hire RNs with the School Nurse License to function as school nurses within the district.­ The state requirements to obtain the School Nurse License are:
  • Be a registered nurse (RN) in the state of Ohio,
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree, and
  • Have completed an approved School Nurse License program.
Ohio University can be of assistance in any one of these requirements.­ If you are interested in completing the requirements for School Nurse Licensure contact:
School of Nursing
Grover Center E365
Athens, OH 45701

­­­­­­­­­ First, it is possible to complete a prelicensure nursing program at Ohio University.­ The associate degree program is available on three campuses (Chillicothe, Southern, and Zanesville).­ A traditional four-year baccalaureate prelicensure degree is available on the main campus in Athens and on the three regional campuses named earlier in this paragraph.

­­­­­­­­­ Second, for those individuals who are RNs it is possible to complete the RN to BSN Program at Ohio University.­­ The program is delivered online.­ For more information go to

­­­­­­­­­ Third, Ohio University has an approved School Nurse License program.­ The required courses are a mixture of courses from nursing, psychology, and health.­ Many of them are delivered online, but some require attendance in a classroom.­ Students who are completing the RN to BSN Program may take these courses while working on the BSN degree.­ Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree from another institution can complete the requirements as a postbaccalaureate non-degree seeking student (ND1204).­ Equivalent transfer courses will be used where applicable.
The course requirements are (required credit hours are in parentheses): ­­­
­­­­­­­­­ 1.­ Upper division nursing courses:­
  • NRSE 4510, Professional Nursing Practice (4)
  • NRSE 4520, Health Assessment & Promotion (4)
  • NRSE 4530, Family Nursing (4)
  • NRSE 4540, Community Health Nursing (4)

    2. Links between education and nursing:
  • EDSP 2710, Introduction to Special Education (3)
  • PSY 2420, Educational Psychology (3)
  • HLTH 2040, Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco Education (3)

    3. Supporting content
  • CFS 3601, Human Sexualities (3) OR NRSE 4901, Clinical Issues: Human Sexuality (4)
  • PSY 2720, Psychology of Personality (3) OR PSY 2710, Abnormal Psychology (3)
  • PSY 2410, Child Psychology (4) OR EDEC 1600, Intro to Child Development (3)
  • HLTH 3450, School Health (3)

    4. School Nurse Role
  • NRSE 4710, Introduction to School Nursing (3)
  • NRSE 4740, School Nurse Clinical (5)
After the coursework is completed:
  1. Applicants download and complete the application for the School Nurse License. The Initial Licensure Application form is available at

    - When on the website click on “Quick Links” at the top of the page.

    - Click on “Educator Licensure Applications.”

    - When the screen changes scroll down and click on “Initial License (education program complete inside of Ohio).”­ The application will appear with a page of instructions and a list of the applicable codes.­ Find and use code number “(74) Pupil Services, School Nurse 270800.”
  2. Complete the application form.­ Please note that the initial credential for school nurses is the 5-year license.­ Send the completed application form, a copy of the verification of your RN license which you obtain from the Ohio Board of Nursing website (, and a check or money order in the amount of $200.00 made out to “Treasurer, State of Ohio” to:
    Ohio University
    School of Nursing
    Grover Center E365
    Athens, OH 45701
    Once your application is received, it will be sent to the Ohio University College of­
    Education.­ They will sign the application and send it to the Ohio Department of
  3. Complete the application and other requirements for the background check.­ The information is available on the Ohio Department of Education website.­ The background check goes directly to the Ohio Department of Education.­ Do not send these materials to the School of Nursing.
  4. The application for the license (including RN license verification and the fee) and the background check information meet at the Ohio Department of Education. Assuming everything is in order the license will be granted and mailed to your home address.
If you are interested in completing the requirements for School Nurse Licensure contact:
School of Nursing
Grover Center E365
Athens, OH 45701