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AB-2175 School nurses: credentialing.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/11/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2175


Introduced by Assembly Member Gipson

February 11, 2020


An act to amend Section 44267.5 of the Education Code, relating to school employees.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2175, as introduced, Gipson. School nurses: credentialing.
Existing law requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing to, among other duties, establish standards for the issuance and renewal of credentials, certificates, and permits. Existing law sets forth the minimum requirements for a services credential with a specialization in health for a school nurse, which include a baccalaureate degree for a preliminary credential and, for a professional credential, an additional year of coursework beyond a baccalaureate degree in a program approved by the commission.
This bill would authorize the commission to approve a program offered by a local educational agency for one year of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 44267.5 of the Education Code is amended to read:

44267.5.
 (a) The minimum requirements for a services credential with a specialization in health for a school nurse are all of the following:
(1) A baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution.
(2) A valid California license as a registered nurse.
(3) One year of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree in a program approved by the commission.
(b) The period for which a services credential with a specialization in health for a school nurse is valid, valid shall be as follows:
(1) For a preliminary credential, pending completion of the one year of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree in a program approved by the commission, five years.
(2) For the professional credential, after completion of requirements specified by the commission, five years.
(c) The services credential with a specialization in health for a school nurse shall authorize the holder to perform, at in grades 12 and below, the health services approved by the commission and designated on the credential.
(d) The holder of a services credential with a specialization in health for a school nurse who also completes the requirements for a special class authorization in health in a program that is approved by the commission is authorized to teach classes on health in a preschool, kindergarten, grades 1 to 12, inclusive, and classes organized primarily for adults.
(e) For purposes of the requirement in paragraph (3) of subdivision (a), the commission may approve a program offered by a local educational agency for one year of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree. The commission shall establish standards for approval of a program offered by a local educational agency that shall be consistent with the standards for a program of professional preparation offered by a postsecondary educational institution.