Classes and Other Professional Development Opportunities

The School Nurse Organization of Washington (SNOW) believes professional growth is vital to professional excellence and demonstrates this by sponsoring classes, conferences, and interdisciplinary meetings.

Mary Bridge Children's

School Nurse Update in-person event.

Information can be found here:

Pacific Lutheran University

Introduction to School Nursing ESA

24 OSPI Clock Hours, Offered Summer and Fall

Embark on a transformative journey into the heart of school nursing with our innovative blended class, where the art of healing meets the science of education.  Tailored for the K-12 school-age population, our program seamlessly integrates independent and in-class learning, offering participants unparalleled flexibility without compromising on the richness of content.  This comprehensive course is your gateway to acquiring the coveted Educational Staff Associate Initial Certification as a School Nurse.  Delve into a curriculum that unveils the intricate tapestry of the school nurse's role, exploring vital aspects such as growth and development, assessment tools, school law, and the ethical and professional responsibilities inherent in this noble profession.  Elevate your passion for health and education, to become a beacon of well-being in the vibrant landscape of school nursing.

Summer 2024

Location: self-study/online synchronous combo
Student self-study begins Monday, May 27, 2024
Virtual, online class Friday, June 15, 2024
In-person skills lab Saturday, June 22, 2024, PLU Garfield Commons | 208 Garfield St. S Tacoma, WA ROOMS 101,103

This course is approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) for meeting the requirements for initial certification as a School Nurse. Contact: Program Manager | (253) 535-7027

PLU ESA Course Information

Additional Clock Hour courses.

Lunch and learn series: An Area of Opportunity: Perinatal Mental Health
Date: 1/10/2024
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
BreAnne Marcucci FNP-C, ARNP, IBCLC, PMH-C
Contact Hours 1 | OSPI Clock Hours 1 | 0.25 Pharmacological credits


Wound Care Essentials

Date: 1/24/2024
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Julie Schmitt RN MN MBA CWON
Contact Hours 1.5 | OSPI Clock Hours 1.5


University of Washington: School Nursing: Preparation for Initial Certification

Foundations for School Nursing provides relevant, skills-based education for anyone interested in school nursing or working in schools. The course is taught within a flexible, virtual learning environment, made with busy working people in mind. Participants will also have a variety of opportunities to connect with and build local professional networks.

Foundations for School Nursing provides relevant content for and is open to all pre- and post-licensure healthcare professionals and educators interested in school-based health. The course has been approved by the Professional Education Standards Board (PESB) to meet the course requirement for ESA Certification.

Participants in the program will also receive 30 CNE hours in addition to 30 State Clock hours after completing the program in full.
Dates: February 5 – April 14, 2024
Information and course registration can be found here: Foundations for School Nursing 2024 | UW School of Nursing
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Washington State University: School Nursing: Preparation for Initial Certification

This course is designed for a nurse with a BSN who wants to prepare for certification as a school nurse. Topics include the role of the school nurse, schools and society, growth and development, learning strategies, school law, and the legal and professional responsibilities of the ESA-prepared school nurse. This hybrid course incorporates independent study and classroom instruction. Independent study course materials are to be completed and submitted to the faculty prior to the dates of classroom instruction for evaluation.

The WSU College of Nursing is approved as a provider of clock hours by the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

The course will include 24 hours of instruction. Cost: $450.
April 13 – 14, 2024
Delivered live via Zoom

Information and course registration can be found here: School Nursing: Preparation for Initial Certification | College of Nursing | Washington State University (
Contact: Program Coordinator     (509) 324-7311


ESA Certificated School Nurse in Washington State
Information about becoming an ESA Certificated School Nurse in Washington State is available at the website of the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.