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​CSPG 80 - School Nurse (PK-12)

Modified: October 1, 2019

The School Nurse involves the science or art of the knowledge and competence required in addressing the health care needs of school-aged children in grades PK-12.

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

A person holding a valid PA certificate as a School Nurse is qualified to serve in elementary, middle or secondary levels as a school nurse/health services provider in grades PK-12.

Certification Assignment

An educator holding a valid PA certificate as a School Nurse is qualified to provide information and services in school health related areas; assess, document and manage the health care needs of children in grades PK-12, including those with disabilities; and to recognize symptoms and consequences of safety and environmental factors.

Special Considerations

The certified School Nurse may serve at all school levels. A School Nurse may not serve as a teacher of nursing unless also holding the appropriate Vocational Instructional certificate. School Nurses may supplement instruction on a non-assigned basis in health classes.

An educator certified in this field may provide school staff development services regarding their collegial studies/skills.


When a school district employs an individual in the job title “school nurse,” this person must be a certified School Nurse whether employed as a professional or temporary professional.

School districts may elect to use paraprofessional health room aides to supplement the certified School Nurse in provide health services.


Program Specific Guidelines for Certification

22 PA Code: Chapter 49: §49.11, §49.81, S49.102-3

PA Public School Code: §1202, §1212, §1604

This revision supersedes all earlier CSPGs carrying this number and/or addressing this subject. Previous printing dates on this subject: 1973, 3/75, 3/78, 2/82, 1/87, 7/04

Summary of Changes

Date of RevisionsMajor Changes to CSPG #80
  • Updated grade scope for consistency and clarification.