About the Program
Through the School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) program, students develop theoretical and practical expertise in nursing and education applied to basic health services in the public schools (K-12). This enables them to establish, maintain, and coordinate a comprehensive school health program. The program emphasizes the application of theory and knowledge in working with school children, their families, and school personnel.
Among the school health activities 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.
This program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).
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.