School Nurse Education  Master of Education

Advance your school nursing career with a 16-month online master's degree in school nursing. This 33-credit MEd program is built for full-time students, making it ideal for working nurses pursuing a path in this high-demand field. You'll develop the skills needed to work with school-age children. You'll learn how to manage school health programs, conduct healthcare research, and more school nurse education essentials to become a leader in providing equitable student-centered care. In some school districts, this degree qualifies for a lucrative salary increase.

31 - 34 Credits
Starts September 2, 2024


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Master's Degree in School Nursing Overview

School nurses play a vital role in their communities. Cambridge College's school nurse education program prepares students already working in the field to elevate their careers by further developing their existing skills while adding new ones. It's also an excellent program for RNs who want to transition to school nurse positions.

Graduates of our school nurse master's degree publish in professional journals, write books, present at local and national conferences for educators and school nurses, initiate new policies and healthcare protocols within their school districts, mentor new school nurse hires, and advance into formal leadership roles. Additionally, over 22 Cambridge College graduates have been honored as School Nurse of the Year.

The Cambridge College master's-level school nurse degree boasts an award-winning online platform. You'll regularly collaborate with other school nurses nationwide, ultimately learning from each other.

We schedule our 100% online school nurse education courses with flexibility in mind. Classes run over spring, summer, and fall sessions. Each online class is five weeks long, and you can take your remote courses when and where it's most convenient for you each week.

Ready to get started? Our streamlined admissions process does not require a GRE or MTEL for admission.

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School Nurse Education Program Highlights and Learning Outcomes

School nurses have more responsibilities (and opportunities) than ever before. Our school nurse degree builds on the National Association of School Nurses standards to give you a robust, affordable program with real-world applications.

In the Cambridge College master's degree program in school nurse education, you will:

  • Develop research and analysis skills to understand better evidence-based health program outcomes, practice protocols, and policies
  • Create professional and innovative school nursing practice products
  • Gain confidence in nursing processes for school-age children
  • Learn to manage and evaluate school health programs
  • Explore legal and ethical issues unique to the school nurse profession
  • Expand your career options and leadership opportunities with an industry-leading school nurse degree
  • Grow your network of school nurses, educators and healthcare professionals

"The classes were extremely well taught and completely applicable to my practice. In the academic year following my time at Cambridge College, I have already implemented changes in my practice that have benefited the children in my school, my staff and myself professionally. My experience at Cambridge far exceeded my expectations."

Heather Blake, RN, BSN
Graduate, MEd School Nurse Education

School Nurse Education MEd Tuition Information

Cost Per Credit
Total Program Tuition
Cost Per Credit$705
Credits* 31 - 34 credits
Total Program Tuition $21,855 - $23,970

*See curriculum sheet for a breakdown of credits and credit ranges.

Prospective graduate degree students for online programs offered through Cambridge College Global must satisfy the following requirements plus any program-specific requirements your program may have.

  1. Complete and sign the online application.
  2. Pay the application fee. Pay your $50 ($100 for international students) application fee by the term start date.
  3. Send official transcripts. Maildirectly to Cambridge College in a sealed, unopened envelope. Learn How to Send Transcripts. Required degrees must be from accredited colleges or universities.
    • Master's and most graduate certificate programs require an earned bachelor's degree.
    • Post-master's certificates and CAGS require an earned master's degree.
    • International transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved agency. See all international student requirements
  4. Send your résumé and work experience. Send your resume that details your education and work experience, including how they pertain to your career goals. Four years of work experience is required for fully online Cambridge College Global graduate programs.
  5. Submit your personal statement. Write a 250-word, typed, double-spaced essay describing your professional experience, goals and objectives for graduate study. How do you expect your graduate studies to enhance your future career?
  6. Complete an interview. You’ll have an interview with Admissions, generally by phone.

Program-Specific Admissions Requirements

You must have a Registered Nursing License (RN) and submit the completed RN License Requirement Form and be prepared to show your license to the program chairperson when class begins.

Careers in School Nurse Education

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not track school nurse salaries specifically, but the the latest salary data from reflects an average median salary of $52,000/year with earning potential to $81,000, depending on geographical location.*

Some school districts do not recognize a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) for school nurse advancement on the educator contract. A Master's of Education specifically designed for school nurses may be a viable alternative for career and income advancement.

*Average school nurse salary.(2024) (visited January 9, 2024)

School Nursing Jobs and Specialties

Graduates of the Cambridge College school nurse program will be ready to assume school nurse supervisor/administrator, lead school nurse, and school nurse education positions. Some graduates may also apply these skills in other public health nursing roles.

Faculty Spotlight

Patricia E. Endsley

Patricia E. Endsley


Program Chair: Masters of Education in School Nursing and Senior Instructor

Dr. Endsley has over 35 years of nursing experience. She is a practicing school nurse at Wells High School in Wells, Maine, and is an active board member of the Maine Association of School Nurses (MASN). She was MASN President, 2018 - 2020, and Maine Director to the National Association of School Nurses, 2011 - 2015. She earned her Ph.D. in Nursing from the University of Missouri - Kansas City in 2021, her MSN from SUNY Stony Brook in 2003, and her BSN from St. Anselm College in 1985. She has...