While some schools may maintain specific additional criteria, most typically require a bachelor's degree and a current registered nursing certification school nurse applicants. Each state features its own requirements for becoming a registered nurse, which may include varying amounts of practical work experience and participation in an accreditation program.
One significant requirement to become a school nurse is to have a valid state-issued nursing licence, which serves as proof of medical knowledge and the ability to perform the basic requirements of the position. The requirements for a nursing licence are different in each state, with most posting the specific requirements on the medical board or nursing board website for that state. In general, the process involves attending some form of a secondary educational institute with an official nursing program. The applicant must pass the final exam for this course as well as complete on-site work experience in the field.
Many schools require nurses to have a four-year bachelor's degree, regardless of the state's requirements for a nursing licence. In these cases, the school may not specifically require the applicant to hold a degree in a related field. Some schools also look for nurses that have past experience working in educational settings in order to reduce training time on procedures.