Licensure (LSN)

School Nursing - A Nursing Specialty

Definition of School Nursing:
School nursing, a specialized practice of nursing, protects and promotes student health, facilitates optimal development, and advances academic success. School nurses, grounded in ethical and evidence-based practice, are the leaders who bridge health care and education, provide care coordination, advocate for quality student-centered care, and collaborate to design systems that allow individuals and communities to develop their full potential.  
Adopted by the NASN Board of Directors February 2017.

Ohio School Health Services Roles

ODE Licensure for Health Care Professionals

School_Health_Services_Team_Article_Principal_Navigator_Fall_2023.pdf - This article is written by our OASN NASN Director, Joan Hlinomaz MS, BSN, RN, LSN, NCSN.

Becoming a Licensed School Nurse (LSN):

OASN encourages all registered nurses working in schools to pursue school nurse licensure through the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). The advanced education requirements for licensure are critical to a registered nurse's professional growth and assimilation into the educational environment.  A Licensed School Nurse (LSN) is "key to student success".

The following are ODE approved school nurse licensure programs for the State of Ohio.

Ashland University

School Nurse Certificate Program  (Approved for Finacial Aid & Online) 
Jennifer Boles MSN, RN, LSN, NCSN

MEd option with School Nurse cognate
Graduate, Online Admissions

Ohio University

Carol Schaumleffel DNP, RN, LSN

(740) 593-4434 Phone
Online MSN Program

The Ohio State University

Lead Faculty:   Jeanie Bochenek, DNP, RN, NCSN
Susan Praeger, EdD, SNP, APRN-CNP, FNASN


Ohio State’s School Nurse Professional Pupil Services Licensure certificate will prepare you for the Ohio Department of Education school nurse license, as well as expand your knowledge and skills in promoting school health and wellness in grades K-12.

The School Nurse Wellness Coordinator certificate is a new certificate for school nurses who are interested in advancing their knowledge and education, as well as taking on a leadership role in their career. Ohio State is the first school in Ohio to offer a certificate of preparation for the ODE School Nurse Wellness Coordinator endorsement.

The Nursing in School Health Services certificate is intended for RNs seeking preparation for providing school health services and to promote school health wellness in grades K-12. (This does not require a bachelor’s degree, it does not include a practicum course and does not result in an ODE license.)

Wright State University

Wright State University
Vicki Evans
College of Nursing & Health
Dayton, OH 45435
(937) 775-3808