We are pleased to announce our newest courses

Beginning October 1st, 2024: Strengthening Your Leadership Presence and Management Practices (Fall Cohort), a 3-month virtual course designed to meet the professional development needs of experienced, new, or aspiring school nurse leaders in Massachusetts.

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About Us

imageSHIELD is a continuing education program that empowers school nurses and health professionals to manage the full range of health and wellness issues facing our schools and communities. We offer clinical, management, and leadership programs that prepare school nurses and health professionals to serve as school health leaders, provide equitable care, and build effective student health services systems.

A program of the Boston University School of Public Health, SHIELD is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. We partner with the Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and Barry M. Manuel Center for Continuing Education to deliver continuing education credits that fulfill state licensure and certification requirements.

Our Popular Courses

Mandated Trainings

Public school nurses must be licensed by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and complete an orientation program defined by the MA Department of Public Health (MDPH). These four (4) mandated trainings meet the MDPH entry-level educational requirements for school nurses.

The Essentials of School Nurse Leadership

This self-paced online course offers individual learners foundational tools and actionable strategies that align with modern leadership practices. It is designed to enhance knowledge, skills, and behaviors — empowering nurses to be successful in the school setting and act as leaders in their community.

Things You Need to Know

Welcome to SHIELD's learning management system. Click on the "Login" button at the top right of this website and create your account.

Note: This LMS was updated in 2021. Your email and transcript from the former system were imported into this system and are ready for you to access. If you are unable to locate your transcript, email us at


The PDF below provides instructions on maneuvering this site:


FY25 Calendar

The FY25 SHIELD Calendar is available! Please note that dates and times are subject to change and this calendar will be constantly updated.

New! FY25 SHIELD Calendar (Updated 07/03/2024)

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MDPH School Health Services Resource Page (Padlet)

Padlet - Learning Design & Digital InnovationThe MDPH School Health Services Resource Page is used to store information that school health staff need to support their daily work. In this Padlet, you will find posts regarding Medication Program Updates, Screening Updates, CSHS Grantee News & Resources, and much more!

Be sure to bookmark the Padlet and check it before sending a question to your Regional Consultant or MDPH, as it is updated frequently. 

Need to file a report to MDPH?

Find the requirements and links to reports here.

(NEW!) SHIELD Courses Available

Title Credit Type Event date Costsort descending
Southeast May Regional Meeting - May 17th, 2024
    • 4.00 Participation
Live 05/17/2024 - 9:30am EDT $0.00
AUDIT (ENDURING) Welcoming refugee students: An introduction to refugee student health for MA school nurses
    • 2.00 Participation
Enduring $0.00
Northeast May Regional Meeting - May 15th, 2024
    • 4.00 Participation
Live 05/15/2024 - 9:00am EDT $0.00
Boston/MetroWest May Regional Meeting - May 20th, 2024
    • 4.00 Participation
Live 05/20/2024 - 9:00am EDT $0.00


BU CCE Homepage

Looking for the BU CCE homepage? You can find it here! Boston University's CME office contains courses including those with ACCNE accrediation. 

ANCC Accreditation Certification

In support of improving patient care, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.



SHIELD is a collaboration among the Boston University School of Public Health Lifelong Learning Office, the Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Office and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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