504 Plans: What the School Nurse Needs to Know

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Release date: 05/28/2021
Expiration date: 05/26/2025*
*(The module must be completed by this date to earn contact hours.)


Upon successful completion of this module and the module evaluation, participants will receive
0.85 Nursing Continuing Professional Development Contact Hours.

Course Description:

Many students with chronic illnesses may be eligible for a 504 Plan. The School Nurse is typically very involved in the development of a student’s 504 Plan, but this is one aspect of School Nursing that many nurses did not learn about in nursing school. This module provides the School Nurse with the necessary information regarding 504 Plans to make them an effective member of the 504 team.

Course Outline:

  • What is a 504 Plan?
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)
  • ADA Amendments Act of 2008
  • Definition of Disability
  • Referral for 504
  • The 504 Team
  • Determining Eligibility
  • Developing the 504 Plan
  • Periodic 504 Plan Re-Evaluation
  • Points to Remember

At the end of this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. Recall the steps involved in identifying a student who may qualify for a 504 Plan
  2. Demonstrate knowledge on how to determine whether a student qualifies for a 504 Plan
  3. Identify the components that should be included in a 504 Plan
  4. Correctly identify examples of mitigating measures

Intended audience:

This continuing education program is a knowledge-based activity developed to meet the educational needs of School Nurses.


Teresa DuChateau, DNP, RN
School Health Associates

Bette Carr, MSN, RN
School Health Associates

Content Expert:
Valerie Hon, BSN, RN
District Nurse, Safety Committee Chairperson
Portage Community School District

Faculty and Program Planner Disclosures:

No one in control of educational content has any relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies (those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.).

Approval Statement:

This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


504 Plans: What the School Nurse Needs to Know