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School Nursing Certification

Professional certification provides an ongoing, quality credentialing process for eligible school nurses. Certification assures a national standard of preparation, knowledge, and practice.

The National Board for Certification of School Nurses (NBCSN) endorses the concept of voluntary certification by examination for all school nurses. Professional certification in school nursing provides an ongoing, quality credentialing process for eligible school nurses. Certification represents a national standard of preparation, knowledge, and practice. To assist with this recognition, the NBCSN provides the opportunity for school nurses to set the standards for their specialty area through voluntary professional certification.


Mission

The Mission of the National Board for Certification of School Nurses, Inc. (NBCSN) is to advance the quality of school health services (school nurse practice) by providing a rigorous, national credentialing process to validate competency based on professional standards.


Vision

National certification by the National Board for Certification of School Nurses, Inc. (NBCSN) is widely recognized and highly valued by providers, employers, and the public as the standard of excellence for school health services.


Purpose

The NBCSN is organized to operate for the purpose to:

  1. Develop, administer and evaluate a certification process for school nurses;
  2. Develop and evaluate additional mechanisms for professional competency assessment in school nursing;
  3. Assist in the enhancement and communication of knowledge concerning professional testing and competency assessment of school nurses; and
  4. Perform such other functions as may be deemed consistent with the foregoing.