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Certificates and Credentials

Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

This program consists of two tracks: the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate of Advanced Study track and the Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate of Advanced Study track.  These tracks are designed for Advanced Practice Nurses who have already received a Master of Science in Nursing.  At this time, the program is not accepting applicants.

At California State University, Fresno, the post-master's nurse practitioner certificate is 30 units. Applicants may receive credit toward the certificates for graduate courses taken previously. Typically, the main courses that are requested for credit are the advanced theories and advanced issues courses. In order to request a course substitution, the applicant must submit a copy of the course description, objectives, and assignments for review by the graduate coordinator. At that time, the course of study will be determined with input from the student and school graduate curriculum committee. Students seeking post-master's certificates are exempt from some coursework and have a shorter program.

The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program is a one-year post-master's program designed to prepare primary care nurse practitioners (FNP, PNP, AGNP) to provide a full range of psychiatric services to patients throughout the life cycle. This program is currently accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at California State University, Fresno is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

School Nurse Services Credential

The California State University, Fresno (postbaccalaureate) School Nurse Services Credential (SNSC) program provides basic preparation for the comprehensive roles in school nursing and leads to the professional (clear) credential approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC).

Since this is an online program, candidates must be computer literate and have internet access. Prerequisites include courses in Nursing Research and Audiology, a 3-unit Community Health course or a Public Health Nurse certificate and after January 2022, a 3-unit Special Education class is required.

The SNSC program of study consists of 24 units. Pre-requisite courses are offered either through Fresno State or through other accredited universities with the approval of the Program Coordinators. 

SNSC Program courses are offered through Fresno State’s Division of Continuing and Global Education ( The 12-month program begins with the Summer session and continues through the following Spring semester. Prior to the start of the program candidates will attend a mandatory Orientation in June. All courses are currently online.

School Nurse Services Credential Program of Study

School Nurse Services Credential Program Course Descriptions


Applications for admission are accepted October 1 through December 1 each year. There is no application fee and individuals are not required to apply to the University. Candidates are responsible for ensuring that all required documents are submitted with the application in one packet or the application will not be accepted.

Completion of an application and prerequisites are required before being considered for admission. The applicant is responsible for submitting sealed official transcripts from all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate universities. The transcripts should reflect a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a CCNE or NLN accredited school with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 in the last 60 units and a 3.0 in nursing. (*See exception below for associate RN degree.)

In addition to official transcripts, please submit the following documents as one packet:

1.  Signed School Nurse Services Credential Program Application.

 2.  Submit two Applicant Recommendation Forms from an administrator and/or supervisor. (Administrator/supervisor may send directly to the coordinator.)

 3.  Write a one-page double-spaced essay using APA guidelines stating rationale for pursuing a School Nurse Services Credential. Sign and date the essay.

 4.  Copy of current California Registered Nurse License.

 5.  California Public Health Nurse Certificate or official transcripts of an approved 3-unit community health nursing course. For a PHN certificate application visit:

 6.  School Audiometrist Certificate. For information visit:

 7.  If currently employed as a school nurse, submit a California Preliminary School Nurse Services Credential. This may be obtained through your County Office of Education or employer.

 8.  Transcripts.  Foreign degree candidates: foreign degree baccalaureate degrees must be evaluated by a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing approved agency prior to applying.  For a list of agencies visit:

*An associate degree registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree in another field of study may apply as long as the prerequisites are completed. 

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing only accepts coursework completed at regionally accredited institutions.  For a list of acceptable regional accrediting bodies visit 

If candidates have questions regarding possible equivalent coursework at another university, please email the Program Coordinators. The candidate may be asked to send official transcripts, catalog descriptions, or syllabi to verify equivalency.

Mail signed application and copies of the above documents to: 

Coordinator, School Nurse Services Credential Program 
1625 E. Shaw, Suite #146                                                    
Fresno, CA  93710                                                                            
Phone: 559-228-2010                                                                                
Fax: 559-228-2168

Program Acceptance

In early spring prior to the start of the SNSC program, the Coordinators will notify applicants of acceptance and send additional information including starting dates for Orientation, and the summer courses (N137 Teaching Strategies for the Health Care Client and N136 Health Appraisal). In the Fall semester candidates will take didactic and clinical courses. For the School Nurse Practicum course, candidates are responsible for finding a qualified preceptor (currently practicing as a school nurse with a Professional Clear School Nurse Services Credential) in their geographical area.

School Nurse Services Credential Program Coordinators

Barbara S. Miller, MSN, PNP, RN

Barbara has extensive experience as a school nurse and school nurse administrator.  She has been a member of the California School Nurse Organization since the late 1980’s and served as the CSNO State President.  She was the Health Services Director of Fresno Unified School District, the fourth largest school district in California, and became the Health Services Director for the Fresno County Office of Education.   Barbara believes that school nurses are vital for the successful education of children and strives to provide a program that is supportive of working nurses and those interested in making a positive difference in the lives of students.

If your last name starts with A-L, please contact Barbara Miller at for more information.


Patricia Gomes, M.Ed, PHN, RN

A school nurse for the past 21 years, Patricia acted as Coordinator of Health Services for Central Unified School District in Fresno, a large district of 15,000 students.  As a school nurse, Patricia worked in all areas of education from preschool to adult education.  Patricia is a long time member of the California School Nurse Organization, served on the CSNO State Board, and was recognized as the School Nurse Administrator of the Year for California in 2010 and recognized nationally by the National Association of School Nurses in 2011.  Patricia believes continued professional growth is essential for school nurses to meet the ever-changing needs of California students.

If your last name starts with M-Z, please contact Patricia Gomes at for more information.