MSN Nursing Leadership Program: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) for RNs

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The MSN Nursing Leadership: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program prepares RNs with a bachelor’s degree in nursing to assume leadership and accountability for the health outcomes of clients across a variety of clinical settings. Promoting health, reducing risk, and improving point-of-care outcomes are critical elements in your role as a clinical nurse leader. You will be prepared to:

  • Bring a high level of clinical competence and knowledge to individuals and clinical populations across the continuum of care
  • Coordinate care across multiple settings
  • Put evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery
  • Serve as a resource for the clinical team through implementation of quality improvement measures
  • Assume formal leadership roles in acute and outpatient setting
Quick Facts
Program Type:





2 Years

Class Size:



Per credit hour

Career Options

Employers that hire clinical nurse leader graduates report they are superior patient advocates, excellent problem solvers and committed to high quality care at the bedside.

Master’s-prepared clinical nurse leaders are actively sought by acute care and community settings. Our experience, and that of other similar programs, reveals a high demand for graduates.

Tuition Pricing

As a top ranked college of nursing, Rush programs are competitively priced on a local and national level. 

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Learn more about the MSN Nursing Leadership Program: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) for RNs program at an online information session.