About the Program
This program emphasizes the application of theory and knowledge in working with school children, their families, and school personnel. Nurses who obtain a SNSC specialty along with their MSN are qualified to establish, maintain, and coordinate a comprehensive school health program. Among the school health activities that nursing students undertake are planning health programs, assessing the health of children, providing health care and health referral, and contributing to formulation and evaluation of health policy.
To maximize children’s ability to learn in school, candidates for the credential emphasize child health maintenance, illness prevention, restoration of health, and childhood wellness. The program also focuses on the development of key leadership skills.
Consistent with the mission and purpose of the university, the School of Nursing is a Christian community of disciples, scholars, and practitioners. Its purpose is to advance the work of God in the world through nursing education, research, professional practice, community, and church service.
Health is defined and understood by the faculty as totality or completeness, whether for an individual, family, or community. That totality or completeness, within this conceptual definition, cannot be seen apart from the constitutive element of spirituality. Our conceptual approach to health highlights our distinctive role as a Christian university and provides the discipline of nursing with a distinctive domain for research and advanced nursing practice.