Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Post-Master's Certificate Program

The Clinical Nurse Leader role is a national initiative developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 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. Graduates will be prepared to meet the health care needs of a growing population requiring complex care.

The post-master's CNL program is designed for the registered nurse with a previous MSN who wishes to complete CNL coursework, obtain an official Xavier University transcript and be eligible to take the CNL certification exam.


21 sem. hrs./300 clinical hrs./scholarly project

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)
NURS 853 Leadership Practicum for RNs (6)

Students may transfer in previously completed coursework.

NURS 556, 602, and 853 are sequential and must be taken in the order they are offered. Discuss entry term with advisor.

CNL Objectives »            AACN website for CNL role               PMAS CNL Fact Sheet

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