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Specific Requirements for the Preliminary and the Professional Clear School Nurse Services Credential, Including Requirements for the Special Teaching Authorization in Health.   

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(a) The minimum requirements for the preliminary School Nurse Services Credential shall include all of the following:

(1) a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; and

(2) a valid California license as a registered nurse.

(b) The minimum requirements for the professional clear School Nurse Services Credential shall include all of the following:

(1) Possession of a California Preliminary School Nurse Services Credential;

(2) a valid California license as a registered nurse;

(3) Two years or the equivalent of successful service as a school nurse; and

(4) The completion of a professional preparation program for the School Nurse Services Credential accredited by the Committee on Accreditation, including successful completion of supervised field experiences, and the recommendation of the candidate for the School Nurse Services Credential by the college or university where the program was completed.

(c) The minimum requirements for the Special Teaching Authorization in Health, which may be added to an existing credential or taken in conjunction with the requirements specified in (b) above, include all of the following:

(1) Possession of a valid professional clear (previously titled "clear") California credential that authorizes service as a school nurse or completion of the requirements specified in (b) above;

(2) a valid California license as a registered nurse;

(3) Passage of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST); and

(4) The completion of a professional preparation program for the Special Teaching Authorization in Health accredited by the Committee on Accreditation, including successful completion of at least six post-baccalaureate semester units (or nine quarter units) of coursework and at least fifteen clock hours of observation and forty-five clock hours of student teaching specifically designed to prepare nurses to teach health, and the recommendation of the college or university where the program was completed.

(d) Authorizations:

(1) The School Nurse Services Credential authorizes the holder to perform the services as specified in Education Code section 49426.

(2) The Special Teaching Authorization in Health authorizes the holder to teach classes in health in preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 to 12, inclusive and classes organized primarily for adults as specified in Education Code 44267.5(d).

(e) The period of validity is as follows:

(1) The Preliminary School Nurse Services Credential shall be issued for five years.

(2) The Professional Clear School Nurse Services Credential shall be valid for the length of time specified in Title 5 Section 80553.

(3) The Special Teaching Authorization in Health shall be valid as long as the prerequisite credential authorizing school nurse services is valid.

Authority cited:

Education Code 44252

Reference:

Education Code 44267.5

(Amended by Register 99, No. 52)