MSN Nursing Leadership Program: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Details

The MSN Nursing Leadership Program: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is available to RNs with a bachelor’s degree in nursing who wish to obtain a Master’s degree in nursing. The program is two years in length, with an average of two courses per term*.  As the clinical nurse leader program is part-time, most students continue to work full time.

Though all didactic courses are delivered in an online format and clinical experiences can be done where you are located, three brief campus visits are required. A number of core courses transfer into our Doctor of Nursing Practice programs should you decide to continue on for your DNP degree in the future.

You may complete the clinical residency requirement at your place of employment. Due to the variety of different state regulations and limitations, we cannot guarantee clinical practica placement if you move to another state after matriculating.

Upon graduation from the program, you will be eligible to sit for American Association of Colleges of Nursing certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader.

*In conjunction with the University Catalog corresponding to the student’s term of entry, the College reserves the right to modify course requirements or credits in consideration of overall curricular goals and design and accreditation and certification standards.

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  • Upcoming Application Deadlines

    Spring 2024
    Application: Open
    Deadline: November 1, 2023
    Term Starts: January 2, 2024

    Summer 2024
    Application: Open
    Deadline: March 4, 2024
    Term Starts: May 6, 2024

    Fall 2024
    Application: Open
    Deadline: June 3, 2024
    Term Starts: September 3, 2024

Admissions Contact
Meghan O’Malley, MS
Academic Advancement Director
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