SHIELD 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
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.
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:
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
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:
- CSHS Session on October 7th, 2021 (recording)
- This recording is offered as a podcast, can be audited, and POs are offered for those interested in claiming nursing credit.
- All Regions Regional Meeting 1/26/2022 (PediSANE)
- All Regions Regional Meeting 3/16/2022 (Refugee Health)
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.