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School Nurse Certification  PEL-CSN

School nurse professional educator licensure with an endorsement in school nursing recognizes the unique knowledge required of the nursing professional in the education setting. Professional licensure “ensures standard preparation, knowledge, and practice” of the school nurse (University of Illinois/Chicago). The school setting differs from more traditional nurse settings such as hospitals and clinics. Some functions, such as completion of health assessments for special education casework, teaching, require professionally licensed school nurses. Endorsement is granted by the Illinois State Board of Education after the completion of mandatory coursework and a passing score on the school nurse content exam.

Requirements for the School Service Personnel Professional Educator License with endorsement in School Nuring

  • Baccalaureate degree
  • Licensed as a registered professional nurse in Illinois
  • Passage of the Test of Academic Proficiency through the Illinois State Board of Education or a score of 22 or above on the ACT with at least a score of 19 on the Writing component.
  • Completion of an approved school nurse certification program for entitlement recommendation for Professional Educator License with endorsement in school nursing.
  • 300 hour internship under supervision of a fully qualified school nurse. (NOTE: As of July 1, 1981, the school nurse internship must be provided by an institution of higher education, i.e. college or university, as part of an approved program; the internship requirement usually amounts to a ten (10) week experience, supplemented by one or more seminars.
  • Passage of the School Nurse Content examination through the Illinois State Board of Education

(Source: Amended at 28 Ill. Reg. 8556, effective June 1, 2004)

School Nurse  Programs prepare candidates for Professional Educator License with endorsement in school nursing.

There are currently four approved programs in Illinois through which the courses and the school nurse internship for the School Nurse Certification/Endorsement may be obtained. The coordinator or contact person for each program is listed below.

Applications for the Professional Educator License with School Nurse Endorsement are processed through the office of the Educational Service Region Superintendent. All candidates must successfully complete examinations administered by the State Teacher Certification Board before a Professional Educator License endorsed in school nursing will be issued.

Illinois Continuing Education Requirements

RN Licensure

Illinois registered nurses are required to complete 20 hours of continuing education per pre-renewal period. The pre-renewal period is the 24 months prior to the expiration date on the license. This requirement went into effect June, 2010. More information about continuing education and the Illinois Nurse Practice Act may be found at http://nursing.illinois.gov/NursingCE.asp

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Illinois School Nurse Certification Renewal

The Illinois State Board of Education requires 80 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) every 5 year renewal period, or National Certification in School Nursing.

Note: Illinois Certified School Nurses (ICSN) must accrue CPDU’s for certification plus CNE’s for RN license renewals. ICSN’s who are nationally certified do not need to accrue CPDU’s, but must accrue CNE’s related to school nursing.  More information at bottom of this page.

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National School Nurse Certification Renewal

National certification requires 75 hours of continuing education (CNE) or approved credits related to school nursing practice per 5 year renewal period.  The Illinois contact person is Ginger Barnes  at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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CNE/CPDU Applications 

For CPDUs provided by IASN contact Mary Girardi, IASN Education Chairman   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

IASN will assist divisions in applying for CNE’s and CPDU’s for IASN sponsored meetings. Divisions must apply by the stated deadline in order to allow time required for processing requests. IASN will not provide CNE’s for non-IASN sponsored events. Each IASN member is responsible for maintaining a personal record of all educational offerings attended.

Please download these forms, complete them, and email them to Mary Girardi for processing for CDPU approval.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

CPDU Instructions

CDPU Application

CPDU Checklist 

To download forms, go to Form Downloads, Miscellaneous forms.

CNE deadline- 45 days before event or meeting. Contact your division ed/cert chairman.

CPDU deadline- 30 days before event or meeting. Contact your division ed/cert chairman.

Education Offerings

IASN offers an annual convention in the fall of each year. The ten IASN divisions also offer one or more presentations each year. Our national organization (NASN) offers a multi-day convention each June. You may find NASN information at http://www.nasn.org/

For current offerings refer to Upcoming Events or the Event Calendar.

Educational institutions, agencies and other organizations are encouraged to submit information about education offerings and other activities which may be of interest to school nurses.

Illinois Center for Nursing website: http://nursing.illinois.gov/NursingCE.asp

For ISBE requirements for CPDUs (Rules currently under revision)


Illinois Assoc. of School Nurses

4202 Woodland Ave.
Western Springs, IL 60558
ph: 630.564.2396
fax: 708.246.4340
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