Master of Arts in Education: School Nursing and/or Health Education

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The Master of Arts in Education: School Nursing and /or Health Education, offered on the Rutherford campus, is a graduate program that prepares health care professionals to become leaders in health care and/or in health education in the K-12 educational setting. 

Program Length

The master’s degree program is a 37-credit (14 courses) and can be completed in two or four semesters. Students choose from one of the following options:

  • MA: School Nursing
  • MA: School Nursing and Health Education
  • MA: Health Education  

Admission Criteria 

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0  grade point average(GPA)
  • A completed application
  • Submission of official academic transcripts 
  • Two professional and or academic references
  • Submission of current registered nurse licensure and/or
  • Submission of current health care licensure /certification
  • Completion of four (4) prerequisite courses for a total of 12 credits:
    • Health Assessment
    • Community/Family
    • Leadership/Management/ Business     
    • Research/Statistics or approved electives


The faculty foster a collaborative interdisciplinary learning environment that meets the needs of the adult learner. Students are mentored by certified school nurses and/or certified K-12 Teachers of Health Education in school districts throughout the State of New Jersey. Practicum hours and school placements are coordinated with the academic calendar of the school district and geographic location of the student.

Scholarly Project 

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Education: School Nursing and/or Health Education are required to complete an evidence-based research project in a nursing or a health specialty area. 

New Jersey Endorsement

Graduates may be eligible for New Jersey Department of Education endorsements: School Nurse and/or K-12 Teacher Health Education. The New Jersey Department of Education application for endorsement(s) for one or both certificates will be processed by

Contact: Dr. Margaret Smolin

                      Director of Adult and Graduate Admission                                                 



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