What are Connecticut's certification requirements for school nurses?

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Certification Requirements for School Nurse-Teachers (#072)

Thank you for exploring how you can promote the health of Connecticut students. Here are the requirements for certification:

A valid Connecticut registered nurse license

Graduated with a Bachelor's degree from a school of professional nursing at a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum of:

  • 40 semester hours of credit in general education, including: 
    • 6 credits in English
    • 6 credits in social sciences 
  • 36 semester hours of credit in a planned program of study and experience that includes study of each of the following: 
    • Foundations of education
    • Educational psychology
    • Curriculum and methods of teaching
    • Supervised field experience in a public health agency or a minimum of six semester hours of credit and no more than 12 semester hours of credit in student teaching of health education
    • Health education
    • School health services

A course of study in special education comprising at least 36 clock hours that includes study in

  • Understanding the growth and development of exceptional children, including handicapped and gifted and talented children and children who may require special education
  • Methods for identifying, planning for and working effectively with special-needs children in the regular classroom.


IMPORTANT: To eventually advance a certificate endorsed for School Nurse Teacher to the professional level, candidates must complete either a master’s degree or at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit. This may include coursework required for the initial educator certificate.


Please note that requirements may change without notice.


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