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​CSPG 80 - School Nurse (PK-12)

​Educational Specialist Code 1890
Modified: March 1, 2023

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

Grade Level Scope of Certificate

A person holding a valid PA certificate as a School Nurse is qualified to serve students at the elementary, middle, or secondary levels as a 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.  The School Nurse assesses, documents, and manages 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 related to student health.

Special Considerations

An educator certified in this field may provide school staff development services regarding their collegial studies/skills. School Nurses may supplement instruction on a non-assigned basis in health classes.


A School Nurse may not serve as a teacher of nursing unless also holding the appropriate Career and Technical Instructional certificate.

When a school employs an individual in the job title "School Nurse," this person must be a PDE-certified School Nurse whether employed as a professional or temporary professional employee.

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


Program Specific Guidelines for Certification

22 PA Code: Chapter 49: §49.11,  S49.102-103

PA Public School Code: §1202, §1212

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
​Reviewed and updated formatting.
Added language for clarification. 
  • Updated grade scope for consistency and clarification.