NBCSN News

2020 Eligibility Requiments

NBCSN has changed the 2020 eligibility requirements to sit for the NCSN exam. Read the press release to learn more.


Spring Newsletter

Read all about it! See the exciting happenings and changes for NBCSN over the past few months!


NASN 2014 Conference, San Antonio, TX

Going to the NASN 2014 conference? Join us in the exhibit hall at booth 204. Look forward to connecting with you there!


Due May 15, 2014 - NCSN Recognition of the Year

Seeking Nominations for the NCSN Recognition of the Year - Consider nominating a NCSN colleague who exemplifies excellence in their practice of school nursing along with their dedication and promotion of national certification. Nominations are due May 15th. See the NBCSN website for past winners. The nomination form can be found by clicking here.


March 2013 - New Partners for 2014 and beyond!

The National Board for Certification of School Nurses has joined Competency and Credentialing Institute for management and testing services. Click here to read all about it. Our website hasn't changed, but our number has. You can reach us at 1-844-808-6276 or click here to send us an email. Stay tuned for more exciting news throughout the year.


November 2013 - ABSNC Re-Accredits NBCSN Certification Program

AURORA, OH, November 18, 2013 —The Accreditation Board forSpecialty Nursing Certification, Inc.(ABSNC) announced it has granted re-accreditation for the Nationally Certified School Nurse (NCSN®) credential sponsored by the National Board for Certification of School Nurses, Inc. (NBCSN).

ABSNC accreditation is a peer-review mechanism that allows nursing certification organizations to obtain accreditation by demonstrating compliance with the highest quality standards available in the industry.

"Earning accreditation is a highly sought after distinction for organizations that certify nurses in a specialty,” Bonnie Niebuhr, MS, RN, CAE, Chief Executive Officer, said. “Applicants go through a rigorous process to maintain a quality program and show they meet the ABSNC standards and earn this unique and important recognition.”

The National Board for Certification of School Nurses 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.

The mission of the National Board for Certification of School Nurses, Inc. 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.

The Accreditation Board for Specialty Nursing Certification (ABSNC) is the only accrediting body specifically for nursing certification. Currently ABSNC accredits 59 certification programs from 19 specialty nursing certification organizations. For more information about ABSNC and its accreditation standards, please visitwww.nursingcertification.org


September 2013 - NBCSN welcomes new state liaisons

We’d like to welcome new state liaisons to the NBCSN: Cathleen Raisher (District of Columbia); Terry Clark (Arizona); Julie Frederick (Nebraska); Karen Utgard (Maine); Michelle Keith (Tennessee); Michele Ulishney (Pennsylvania); Rita Kinniburgh (Rhode Island); JulieAnn Horras (Utah); Carole Taylor (Texas); and Aniko Maher (Overseas School Health Nurses Association). Welcome to all our new state liaisons and the NBCSN extends its thanks for your willingness to serve the organization in this capacity.


August 2013 - NBCSN welcomes new NCSNs

The NBCSN welcomes 164 new NCSNs, who passed the examination in August. This brings the total number of active NCSNs to over 3,386.