School Nurse Services Credential

The School Nurse Services Credential Program provides basic preparation for the professional role in school nursing. The program is approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and leads to the Professional Clear School Nurse Services Credential.

The program of study consists of 27 units. It is divided into two Phases; Phase 1 (9 units) and Phase 2 Cohort (18 units). Phase 1 courses are offered either through Fresno State (online or on campus) or through other universities with the approval of the School Nurse Services Credential Program Coordinator. You may email the coordinator for a list of approved courses.

Phase 2 Cohort courses are offered through Fresno State Division of Continuing and Global Education. It is a 12 month program beginning with the summer session, continuing through the following spring semester. Prior to the start of Phase 2 Cohort courses, students will attend a mandatory Orientation at Fresno State usually towards the end of June. All Phase 2 courses are online, with the exception of the Health Appraisal course.

To enroll in this program, students must be computer literate and have access to the Internet. A course in Nursing Research taken at any time in the past is a prerequisite to the program. For the School Nurse Practicum course, students are responsible for finding a qualified preceptor (currently practicing as a school nurse with a Professional Clear School Nurse Services Credential) in their geographical area.

School Nurse Services Credential Program of Study

School Nurse Services Credential Program Course Descriptions


To apply for Phase 2 Cohort, a completed School Nurse Services Credential Program Application for Admission must be received by December 1.  There is no fee for this application and it is the only application required. You do not need to apply to the University for Phase 1 or Phase 2.

School Nurse Services Credential Program Application

Applicant is responsible to submit official transcripts from all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate universities. The transcripts should reflect a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited school with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 units and a 3.0 in nursing. (*See exception below for two year RN degree.)

*A two year associate degree registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in another field of study may apply as long as the student completes public health nursing coursework from an accredited California university. Fresno State offers this coursework. To meet practicum requirements, students will work with a qualified public health preceptor of their choice in their geographical area.

In addition to official transcripts, please submit the following documents as one packet:

1.  Signed application.

2.  Submit two Applicant Recommendation Forms from employer and/or nursing instructor. (Employer/instructor may send directly to the coordinator.)

 3.   Write a one page double-spaced essay stating rationale for pursuing a School Nurse Services Credential. Please sign and date.

 4.   Current California Registered Nurse License.

 5.   California Public Health Nurse Certificate or official    transcripts of approved community health nursing. (Must include seminar and clinical coursework).

 6.   School Audiometrist Certificate.

 7.   If currently employed as a school nurse, submit a California Preliminary School Nurse Services Credential. This may be obtained through your County Office of Education.

Mail or Fax signed application and copies of the above documents to:

Coordinator, School Nurse Services Credential Program
Central California Center for Excellence in Nursing
1625 East Shaw Avenue #146
Fresno, CA     93710
Telephone: 228-2156 
Fax: (559) 228-2168


Phase 1

Students are responsible to ensure that all required documents are submitted and to inform the coordinator of Phase 1 course completion dates. If students have questions regarding possible equivalent Phase 1 coursework at another university please email the program Coordinator for approval. Student may be asked to send official transcripts, catalog descriptions, or syllabi.

Acceptance to Phase 2 Cohort

In early spring prior to the start of Phase 2 Cohort, the Program Coordinator will email each applicant the Phase 2 Cohort Acceptance/Survey Form. A completed application with official transcripts and all required documents must be on file in order to receive the Survey.

The purpose of the Phase 2 Cohort Acceptance/Survey Form is to:

  1. Notify student of acceptance to program.
  2. Update Phase 1 coursework completion status.
  3. Expedite transition to Phase 2 Cohort.
  4. Outline expectations for Phase 2 Cohort.
  5. Notify student of dates for Orientation, Teaching Strategies, and Health Appraisal Courses.

 School Nurse Services Credential Program Coordinators

Barbara S. Miller, MSN, PNP, RN

Barbara has extensive experience as a school nurse and school nurse administrator.  She has been a member of the California School Nurse Organization since the late 1980’s and served as the CSNO State President.  She was the Health Services Director of Fresno Unified School District, the fourth largest school district in California, and became the Health Services Director for the Fresno County Office of Education.   Barbara believes that school nurses are vital for the successful education of children and strives to provide a program that is supportive of working nurses and those interested in making a positive difference in the lives of students.

Patricia Gomes, MA Ed, PHN, RN

A school nurse for the past 21 years, Patricia acted as Coordinator of Health Services for Central Unified School District in Fresno, a large district of 15,000 students.  As a school nurse, Patricia worked in all areas of education from preschool to adult education.  Patricia is a long term member of California School Nurse Organization, serves on the CSNO State Board, and was recognized as School Nurse Administrator of the Year for California in 2010 and recognized nationally by National Association of School Nurses in 2011.  She has served as an instructor in the Fresno State School Nurse Credential Program for the past 5 years.  Patricia believes that continued professional growth is essential for school nurses to meet the ever-changing needs of California students.

If your last name starts with A-L, please contact Barbara Miller at for more information.

If your last name starts with M-Z, please contact Patricia Gomes at for more information.