School Nurse Endorsement

Admission: Rolling

Priority Application Deadline: March 1st

Start: Fall 

Cost: Affordable at less than $5,000


What is the School Nurse Endorsement Program?


The School Nurse Endorsement Program at McKendree University is designed for bachelor's prepared registered nurses. It is a 10-credit hour endorsement program completed over two semesters. The program prepares students for eligibility to take the school nurse content exam through the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The successful candidate will be recommended for endorsement to the ISBE. ISBE grants the Professional Educator License (PEL) with endorsement in school nursing when the content exam and program requirements have been successfully completed.




McKendree University's program is offered fully online, with two theory courses during the Fall Semester and an internship in the Spring Semester.

To complete the school nurse endorsement program, students must complete the following courses:

SPE 576 - Special Education and School Nurses (3 credit hours)

NUR 577 - School Nursing Theory and Best Practices (3 credit hours)

NUR 578 - School Nurse Internship (4 credit hours/300 Practicum hours)



Aggregate Outcomes


1. Develop an individualized, holistic student plan of care in partnership with the student, family, and interprofessional team.

2. Collaborate with other health professionals to improve the health and safety of students, families, and the school community. 

3. Design appropriate health education programs and policies for the school community.

4. Evaluate the impact of the social determinants of health on students and families.

5. Demonstrate performance of the school nursing Standards of Practice and the Standards of Professional Performance in school communities with diverse populations. 



Application Process

McKendree University admits students who present evidence of their potential to complete post-baccalaureate work. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, or religion. The following documentation is required for consideration of admission:

1. Apply Now! (no fee).

2. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or enrollment in the McKendree University RN to BSN program. The bachelor’s degree must be a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

3. A current and unencumbered Illinois Professional Registered Nurse license.

4. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those sent from institution to institution.

5. A minimum 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies.

6. A current resume or vita.



Next Step


Contact your student service specialist below and get details on the admission process.

Photo of Carol FairlieCarol Fairlie

Student Services Specialist
Old Main 102, Lebanon, Illinois
(618) 537-6507 




Key Faculty


Photo of Jill Parsons, Ph.D.Jill Parsons, Ph.D, R.N., CNE

Associate Professor of Nursing
Nursing House
(618) 537-6842