Clinical Nurse Leader
The MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) concentration for RNs prepares nurses to assume roles as advanced generalists who deliver nursing care at the point of care. This role, is a national initiative developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in 2004 to address fragmentation in health care delivery. The CNL role is a proactive, integrative and comprehensive role that assists direct care providers in bringing the best of health care science and practice to the point of care.
The MSN CNL concentration requires a total of 43 credit hours and may be completed either through part-time study in seven semesters or full-time study in four semesters. Classes for either track are scheduled in the late afternoons and evenings.
The MSN CNL concentration is open to registered nurses with a BSN or with a bachelor's degree in another field if eligible for admission through the Educational Mobility Option. Registered nurses with two years of full-time nursing experience and an associate degree or a diploma in nursing will be eligible for the program through the RN to MSN entry point which requires 18 semester hours of prerequisite bridge courses prior to entering the MSN program.
The RN to MSN prerequisite courses and the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader courses are taught on campus and streamed to partner sites through real-time video conferencing. This is the only concentrated study option offered at partner sites.
For the individual who has a bachelor's degree in another field and who desires to become a registered nurse with CNL role preparation, go here.
Sample CNL Graduate Poster Presentations: