MSN-ELM with School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC)

APU’s School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) program prepares nurses who have completed a bachelor's degree to be effective, compassionate practitioners of health in K-12 schools.


Academic Core Courses
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS and/or GSPH XXX Electives7
Advanced Practice Core Courses
GNRS 510Family Theory in Health Care2
GNRS 511Advanced Pediatric Health Assessment and Health Promotion 14 (3/1)
or GNRS 612 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
GNRS 513Advanced Nursing Practice Role2
GNRS 610Advanced Pathophysiology3
Advanced Practice Specialty Courses
GNRS 550ATheory and Practice in School Nursing6 (3/3)
EDUC 537Curriculum Development, Revision, and Evaluation Process3
GNRS 589Adolescent Health Care2 (2/0)
GNRS 590CPrimary Health Care of the Young Family for the School Nurse Services Credential 26
Concluding Courses1-3
Select from the following:
GNRS 597Comprehensive Examination Directed Study1
- or -
GNRS 598Thesis1
- and -
GNRS 514Research Proposal Writing (required for thesis)2
Total Units for MSN with SNSC 339-41

Units in parentheses are classroom/clinical units.


Students contemplating a nurse practitioner certificate may substitute GNRS 590A in place of GNRS 590C if they have completed GNRS 513 and GNRS 611 in addition to GNRS 610 and GNRS 511 or GNRS 612.


Student must also take a California-approved audiometry course to meet the SNSC requirements.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Articulate a Christian worldview, demonstrating respect for the dignity and uniqueness of others, valuing diversity, and applying spiritual concepts.
  2. Engage in scholarly inquiry and critical thinking, including evaluation and application of evidence-based research.
  3. Appraise and apply knowledge to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions that promote health and prevent disease.
  4. Demonstrate thoughtful analysis of the legal, political, ethical, and/or financial factors impacting health care.
  5. Use information systems and technology to communicate, manage knowledge, promote quality, mitigate error, and support decision-making.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to coordinate and collaborate with other health care team professionals.
  7. Engage in clinical reasoning, effective communication, and act as change agents to develop professional identity and practice skill.