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School Nurse Education

  • Credits:
  • Degree:
    Master of Education

Program Description

This program has transitioned to an online, fully asynchronous model.  Please visit the following link for more information:


Related Programs at Cambridge College

If you’re still exploring degree options, you might be interested in learning more about these programs at Cambridge College:


Professional Seminar and Project
Professional Seminar I: School Nurse Education
ESN 691 2 credit(s)
Professional Seminar I (PSI) establishes a learning community that addresses the problems of isolation of school nurses, as well as, identification of the future mission of the profession. This seminar provides the context in which a cohort of students can interpret their experiences and transform them into knowledge, constructs, skills, attitudes and values. The seminar is a developmental process challenging students’ existing philosophies and practices. The PSI is a model of support to students’ personal and professional lives, where current personal and professional growth issues are raised and discussed. Learning is facilitated in a supportive, risk-free environment. With guidance of the seminar leader, students will define and clarify the final project design of the independent learning project (ILP) and develop an action plan to ensure satisfactory completion.
Professional Seminar II: School Nurse Education
ESN 692 2 credit(s)
Professional Seminar II (PS2) is conducted entirely online. It requires students to have and apply a consistently strong work ethic and a determined action plan for progressing according to the submission deadline schedule requirements established and provided to them during PS I. During PS2, students will be required to extend their ILP topic research to complete their literature review (minimum of 10 pages) to include a minimum of 10-12 scholarly sources, and to write their reference page. They will also be required to finalize and compose their methodology and design and create the body (stand-alone intervention or initiative) of their ILP during the PS2.
Professional Seminar III: School Nurse Education
ESN 693 1 credit(s)
Professional Seminar III (PS III), in addition to allowing students to complete the remaining portions of the ILP, including the statement of learning/summary and conclusions, appendices, abstract and table of contents, will allow students to develop an assessment plan to use in evaluating the effectiveness of their projects. The assessment plan will specify the goals of the ILP project and establish reasonable and measurable evaluative criteria based on those goals. Students will also design a timetable for implementing their projects, along with identifying key stakeholders, those individuals who would be expected to lend support to the project and a rationale behind their motivation for such support. Students will also identify any barriers/blocks in the form of policies, regulations, people, current cultural standards/practices and traditions; and fiscal, time and space constraints, that need to be anticipated to ensure their ILPs’ success. Students will post their abstracts so that they can obtain feedback on their ILP projects from their nursing colleagues, allowing them to expand the impact of their projects beyond their own schools’ communities.
Independent Learning Project: School Nurse Education
ESN 800 3 credit(s)
The Independent Learning Project is a culminating learning experience that helps school nurse educators to integrate their personal and formal learning and their professional experiences into a meaningful whole. It articulates the individual’s educational and administrative philosophy. The project is research- and action-based, on a focused topic chosen by the school nurse educator. It engages the student in sustained research into educational practice and curriculum development.
School Nurse Courses
Principles, Process, and Practices of School Health Management
ESN 660 3 credit(s)
This course focuses on the leadership role of the school nurse in policy and primary prevention strategies for evaluating the effect of diverse factors on the health of school-aged students. Students will develop a Health Education/Health Promotion program proposal, including a public policy intervention aligned with Healthy People 2030 within the local, state, or national community.
Dealing with Grief & Loss: Role of Educators, Counselors, and Nurses
ESN 710 3 credit(s)
This course develops the skills to support and advocate for school-aged children and adolescents who are coping with grief and loss. Evidence-based practices and self-care strategies to promote professional development and personal well-being will be presented. Students will develop a school intervention plan on loss and grief that will be relevant to their respective school community.
Legal Responsibilities & Ethical Issues for School Nurses
ESN 725 3 credit(s)
This course is an analysis of federal, state and municipal legal mandates which affect school health programs. It will include a review of professional standards and an examination of the ethics of care, advocacy, equity, confidentiality, responsibility, accountability, and other ethical issues, which affect the school health program, school children and their families, and the school nurse.
School Nurse Leadership in the School and Community
ESN 780 3 credit(s)
This course offers a comprehensive overview of the professional roles of school nurses with a focus on leadership and change. Students will focus on leadership theory and change management while exploring interdisciplinary initiatives in school and community contexts. Topics such as advocacy, communication, finance, and evaluation will be covered. Through this course, students will gain a well-rounded understanding of the responsibilities of school nurses and develop the necessary skills for success in the profession.
Evaluation of School Health Programs
ESN 750 3 credit(s)

Theory and practice of program evaluation with emphasis on how to focus an evaluation, design a program evaluation, use quantitative and qualitative methods in evaluation, assess program implementation, measure attitudes, measure performance and use tests, analyze data, and communicate evaluation findings. Special topics include needs assessment, cost-benefit analysis, and an introduction to grant and proposal development.


Electives must be in health, family & consumer sciences, instructional technology, counseling psychology, school guidance, special education, or teaching skills and methodologies. If courses in these areas are not available, other courses in education may be taken as electives with program chair’s approval.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor


  • Admission Test:

    No standardized graduate school tests required for admission into non-licensure programs

  • Admissions Office:
  • Application Form:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)

Program Requirements

Applicants must have Registered Nursing License (RN) and submit the completed RN License Requirement Form and be prepared to show license to the program chairperson when class begins.


Health Requirements for Massachusetts Students 

The Massachusetts Health Department and Cambridge College require the following of students in Massachusetts:

Immunizations – All students in Massachusetts are required to get certain immunizations before you can register for your first term. See form

Health Insurance – In Massachusetts, undergraduate students taking nine or more credits/term and graduate students taking six or more credits/term must enroll in the College’s health insurance plan. Students who have insurance with comparable coverage may request a waiver. See information and enroll or waive.


School Requirements

International Students 

International students need to provide supplemental documentation:

  • Official demonstration of English language proficiency
  • Supplemental documentation for issuance of I-20
  • International transcripts, evaluated by an accepted evaluation service

Transfer Credit 

Please complete the transfer credit request form if you wish to have prior course work evaluated for transfer. Learn more about transferring credits.



  • Credits:
  • Cost per credit hour:
  • Application Fee:
    $50 ($100 for international students)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $3,940 - Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)
  • Internship/Practicum Fee:

Note: Rates are as of July, 2022, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

Financial Aid

Cambridge College offers financial aid to students in our degree programs who are enrolled at least half time. Undergraduate students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits each term. Graduate and doctoral students must be enrolled in at least 4 credits each term. Learn more

Grants, Scholarships and Loans

Cambridge College welcomes the opportunity to support your efforts to pay for college.  Federal, state and local resources in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study, including Cambridge College Scholarships, are available to help defray the cost of tuition. Learn more

Getting Your Company to Help

Many companies have tuition assistance programs, designed to help their employees with their professional development. Learn more

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