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.

Introduction to School Nursing class at Pacific Lutheran University

Dates: November 6 - 23, 2019 (9 hours of online work + in-class meetings on November 16 and November 23)

Additional Information:

School nursing is a specialized practice that advances the well-being and health of students in the K-12 school age population. This course prepares you for initial Educational Staff Associate Initial (ESA) Certification as a School Nurse. Content includes the role of the school nurse within the context of the school and society, growth and development, assessment and screening tools, school law, and legal, ethical and professional responsibilities of the role. The blended class features 9 hours of online work plus 15 hours of in-class instruction over two days.

Washington State University: School Nursing: Preparation for Initial Certification

This course is designed for the BSN-prepared nurse who wishes to prepare for this certification as a school nurse. Topics will 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 will incorporate 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 hybrid course will include 30 hours of instruction. Cost: $500.

Dates: January 2020 tbd
Information and course registration can be found here:

Contact: Nancy Oberst 509-324-7219

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.

A thirty-hour class is required for certification. Access more information about upcoming classes.  .