Master's Entry in Nursing (MSN) for Non-Nurses: Clinical Nurse Leader

Our Clinical Nurse Leader program is designed for Generalist Entry Master’s (GEM) students who already have a bachelor’s degree in another field, and want to pursue a career in nursing. Our program focuses on clinical leadership and prepares students to successfully sit for the NCLEX (RN licensure exam) and Clinical Nurse Leader certification.

Critical elements in the role of a Clinical Nurse Leader are promoting health, reducing risk, and improving point-of-care outcomes. In addition to being prepared to function at a high level as a nurse in an inpatient, outpatient or community setting, you will also be poised to pursue an advanced practice DNP or PhD in nursing degree.

At Rush, a top-tier academic medical center, you will learn from practitioner-teachers who actually practice what they teach. You will have a different clinical experience every term providing a broad overview of all of the major specialties in which nurses work, as well as a variety of settings across the health care continuum and it starts in the first two weeks. You’ll also have volunteer opportunities to expand your education beyond Rush University Medical Center. 

Quick Facts: Master’s Entry in Nursing (MSN) for Non-Nurses
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2 Years

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Per credit hour
GEM Alumni Profiles:
Hear about their experiences in the generalist MSN program, how they took the next step to become a nurse practitioner (DNP), and what they are doing now.
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Student Profile: Kevin Hsu, MSN, CNL, EMT-P
Student Profile: Jacqueline Lagman, MSN, RN
Student Profile: Hebie Prill, MSN, RN


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