Registration for this course is now closed for 2019.
This online, eight-week, self-paced certification examination review covers the content areas included within the School Nurse Certification Exam. Utilizing textbooks, manuals and other resources, the author of this program provides participants with the skills and strategies needed to pass the examination. This review features pre- and post-test study questions, as well as a final practice exam that simulates the actual School Nurse Certification Exam experience.
The review is divided up into lessons that cover an area of focus on the exam and provide a review of key concepts, test-taking tips and strategies, and valuable final exam test preparation. The platform is easy to access through a high-speed internet connection and can be taken one week at a time or condensed into multiple lessons per week to allow for additional review time. By reviewing questions that were missed, these examinations allow participants to identify individual strengths and weaknesses and to focus their personal study areas on topics where they received a low score.
Participants are given access to all eight modules on day one so that they can study at their own pace, on their own time and from their home or work computer. The participant will have eight weeks to complete ALL eight modules and the corresponding pre-tests, post-tests and final exam. No extensions will be granted to the end of the eight week program as MAHEC is offering multiple start dates to accommodate participants' schedules.
LESSON TOPICS All eight lessons must be completed to receive credit.
Lesson 1 - Course Introduction and Special Health Issues
Lesson 2 - Professional Issues
Lesson 3 - Health Appraisal Part I
Lesson 4 - Health Appraisal Part II
Lesson 5 - Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Lesson 6 - Health Problems: Part I
Lesson 7 - Health Problems: Part II
Lesson 8 - Health Problems: Part III and Practice Exam
CRITERIA FOR PARTICIPATION:
Participants must be registered nurses, with bachelor’s degrees in nursing or a NBCSN approved health-related field. Approval is based on a bachelor’s degree or higher in a health-related field relevant to school nursing, including or in addition to a total of six (6) credits for undergraduate or graduate courses in any combination of the following subjects: Management of primary healthcare problems of children and/or adolescents, Health assessment of children and/or adolescents, Public health/community health/epidemiology.
Please note that as of January 1, 2020 a bachelor's degree or higher in nursing or the equivalent in other countries will be the requirement.
The participant should have at least one year of professional school nursing practice prior to taking this course. It is recommended that the participant have recently taken the School Nurse: Roles and Responsibilities (an orientation workshop), provided annually by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, School Health Unit.
You may register for the certification exam on the National Board for Certification of School Nurses' website: nbcsn.org. The certification exam will be available during the following testing windows in 2018:
- Winter/Spring Testing Window: March 7–March 20, 2019 | Registration opens November 15, 2018 and closes February 7, 2019.
- Summer Testing Window: July 11–July 31, 2019 | Registration opens March 21, 2019 and closes June 11, 2019.
- Fall Testing Window: October 31–November 13, 2019 | Registration opens August 1, 2019 and closes September 30, 2019.
The application cutoff date is 30 days prior to the start of all three testing windows.
Nurses with a bachelor's degree or higher that want to sit for the School Nurse Certification Examination
- Identify the certification exam content focus areas
- Evaluate areas of personal knowledge deficit related to exam content
- Create a plan for self-study based upon identified knowledge deficits
- Locate related resources for further self-study
- Review and practice examples of test-taking strategies
- Identify areas of strengths and weaknesses
- Describe the design of the NCSN exam
- Conduct health appraisal, analyze data, determine intervention and evaluation
- Identify special health issues and determine interventions
- Describe the nursing process utilized in determining nursing interventions in acute, episodic, and chronic conditions
- Kristen Wike, MSN, RN, NCSN