General Information
  • Graduate Tuition:
    $761 per credit (PA residents)
  • IT Fee:
    • $62 (1-4 credits)
    • $124 (5-8 credits)
    • $186 (9+ credits)

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Additional Information:

Karen S. Karnes
Penn State Harrisburg

Graduate Credit Opportunities for School Nurses, Health Educators, and Counselors


Summer 2014

CN ED 432.201 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling (3 cr.)

Explores an overview of ethical and legal issues related to professional counseling, including responsibility, competence, public statements, confidentiality, professional relationships, licensing and other regulatory programs, and research.

CN ED 432 is one of five Penn State Harrisburg courses designed to provide a solid base for working with children and adolescents dealing with family problems, addiction, depression, sexuality issues, suicide, and other issues. For additional information, contact

HLHED 596.201 Enhancing Health Promotion in Your Organization (3 cr.)

Offered in conjunction with the Keystone Health Promotion Conference, a statewide conference designed for school health educators, school nurses, community health educators, worksite health promotion practitioners, and other advocates of health promotion. HLHED 596 provideas conference participants with the opportunity to synthesize the conference experience into their workplace health promotion activities. Complete course information and requirements can be found at the Keystone Health Promotion Conference website.

NURS 407.201 Drugs of Abuse and Mental Health Issues (3 cr.)

Examines the health care needs across the lifespan of clients who have an alcohol or other drug disorder.

NURS 462.201 Psychotropic Drugs and Children/Adolescents (1 cr.)

Study of psychotropic medications used to treat children and adolescents, including indications, actions, adverse reactions and implications for school nurses.

NURS 463.201 Compassionate Counseling for Children/Adolescents Dealing with Dying, Death and Other Life Crises (3 cr.)

Explores issues involving dying, death and life crises which occur in today’s world and affect school communities.

NURS 467.201 Medication Update and Health Teaching Interventions for School Nurses (1 cr.)

Study of current pharmacologic concepts, including health teaching, prescribed for acute and chronic conditions commonly encountered in school nursing.

NURS 492.201 Emergency Care and Safety (3 cr.)

A comprehensive first aid course designed to provide knowledge of pre-hospital emergency care at the First Responder level.

NURS 497C.201 Human Diversity Among School-Aged Youth (2 cr.)

Overview of human diversity among school-aged youth: including strategies for improving the health and well-being of young people through comprehensive school health programs.

NURS 497D.201 Development of Personality Disorder Traits: School Youth through Young Adult (1 cr.)

Overview of development of personality disorder traits and psychosocial problems of school-aged youth; includes prevention and treatment strategies.

NURS courses satisfy Act 48 and Act 58 requirements. Each 3-credit course completed counts as 15 contact hours toward mandated continuing education requirements for RNs (Act 58) and courses may be used as electives by RNs pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

The M.Ed. in Health Education program offered at Penn State Harrisburg will accept nine credits of elective coursework – three may be at the 400-level and six must be a the 500-level. Information: