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.

New! We are pleased to announce our newest courses

Strengthening Your Leadership Presence and Management Practices, a 3-month virtual course designed to meet the professional development needs of experienced, new, or aspiring school nurse leaders in Massachusetts.

Special Education and Nursing Support of Students with Special Health Care Needs: Mastering the IHP, 504, and IEP, the 2023 In-Person SHIELD Clinical Update will enhance school nurses’ skills and knowledge in the care of students requiring IHPs, IEPs, and 504 accommodations.

SHIELD News & Updates

Welcome to the new SHIELD learning management system that offers more CME/CE learning opportunities, expanded credit types, easy-to-use navigation, and auto-generated certificates.  Click on the "Login" button at the top right of this website and create your account.

Note: your email and transcript up to May 24, 2021, from bucme.org has already been imported into this new system and is ready for you to access.


The PDF below provides instructions on maneuvering this new site:


FY24 Calendar

The FY24 SHIELD Calendar is available! Please note that dates and times are subject to change and this calendar will be constantly updated.

New! FY24 SHIELD Calendar (Updated 6/22/2023)

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Need to file a report to MDPH?

Find the requirements and links to reports here.

Now Available: Vision Only Health Screenings

Gray background with school health screening title, blue circle on the center with the word "vision" inside. A yellow box has text stating updated version! 

New! You can now access a version of school health screening training that only contains information on the updated vision health screening.

 Access here: Health Screenings (Vision ONLY)

Recordings and Self-Paced Courses are available!

  The following recordings are available from various live sessions offered this year:

Email BU SHIELD with any questions.


Self-Paced Courses Available!

 For the most up-to-date self-paced courses available in SHIELD and other training websites, please go here.

Sample Vision Tool List (new!)

 A new sample vision, equipment, and supplies tool is available now!

 Additional screening resources, guidelines, checklists, and more can be found on our resources page.

You can also find the recorded 2021 vision clinical update here.

(NEW!) SHIELD Courses Available

Title Credit Type Event date Cost
(AUDIT) Managing your CSHS Budget
    • 2.50 Participation
Enduring $0.00
Managing your CSHS Budget
    • 2.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
    • 2.50 ANCC
    • 2.50 Participation
Enduring $30.00
Medical Care and Comprehensive Support for Gender Expansive Youth
    • 4.25 ANCC
    • 4.25 Participation
Live 11/08/2022 - 10:00am EST $70.00
School Health Screenings: Vision Update Enduring $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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