The School Nurse Induction Program



The School Nurse Induction Program is offered to school nurses who have practiced in Pennsylvania for 0-6 years.  Completing a state approved induction program is one of three requirements necessary to convert an Educational Specialist Level I certificate to an Educational Specialist II certificate in the state of Pennsylvania.  Two additional requirements include 3 years of school nursing experience in Pennsylvania and 24 post-baccalaureate credits. Once Induction is complete, school nurses will receive 1 credit from the Pennsylvania Department of Education PDE, which is equivalent to 30 Act 48 hours. For more information about certification, please contact

Program Components

The program is made up of two components. During class time, participants will explore the unique role of school nurses as members of the school community and a student’s health care team and acquire healthcare information specific to the school age child, skill development related to health screening implementations and techniques to successfully manage a health room.  In addition, nurses will develop a professional portfolio of independent work on topics individualized to their position. This portfolio will be evaluated by a nurse mentor who will also provide the mentee with guidance related to school nurse roles and responsibilities. All portfolios will be shared with mentors and fellow program participants in a culminating event at the end of the year.

Hours of Participation

Participants engage in 15 hours of in-person learning and 15 hours of independent portfolio work for a total of 30 hours. Attendance is required at all sessions to obtain full credit. Partial credit will not be provided.

Nurse Induction Class Calendar

*All sessions must be attended to receive credit.

Date Location Time Duration
Wednesday, December 16th, 2020 Virtual 4-8pm 4 hours
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021 Virtual 9-1pm 4 hours
Wednesday, February 17th, 2021 Virtual 4-8pm 4 hours
Saturday, March 13th, 2021 Virtual 9-12pm 3 hours

**To sign-up for the sessions or for more information please email