The clinical nurse leader 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 direct patient care. Students who choose the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track will be prepared to meet the health care needs of a growing population requiring complex care.  Objectives

The MSN CNL track 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 and bridge courses prior to entering the MSN program.

Clinical Nurse Leader Track Courses (15 semester hours)

(required in addition to the 28 semester hour MSN core, synthesis and application)

NURS 556 Introduction to the CNL for RNs (3)
NURS 602 Applying CNL Concepts for RNs (3)
NURS 658 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology for RNs (3)
NURS 680 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
NURS 756 Advanced Health Assessment for RNs (3)

MSN Curriculum »            CNL Objectives »           AACN website for CNL role

Further admission information and how to apply »

Please contact the advisor of this track for more information:

Ms. Barbara Harland, MSN, M.Ed., RN
Faculty, School of Nursing

Office: (513) 745-3045

For an individual who has a bachelor's degree in another field and desires to become a registered nurse with CNL role preparation. View our MIDAS program.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the positive impact this role [CNL] has had on our HCAHPS scores, our readmission rates and Core Measures compliance. I remain very proud of our collaboration with Xavier University . . . Having a highly trained nurse at the bedside provides an effective strategy to drive the need improvements to our inpatient nursing staff . . . I have seen the proof.”
-Debra McKee, Chief Clinical Officer, Joint Township District Memorial Hospital

Sample CNL Graduate Poster Presentations:

CNL Foley Poster                CNL Patient Goals Poster