Master of Science in Nursing

Clinical Leadership (CL) Track

The CL option is designed to prepare nurses as master's-prepared generalists with advanced nursing knowledge for practice in the Clinical Leadership role. The MSN-CL track addresses clinical outcomes management and care environment management within a specific microsystem and a direct care role.

In addition to the 27 credit hours of core and supportive courses, students complete 11 credit hours in specialty courses that provide the foundation for implementation of CL role functions. Upon completion of the CL Track, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification examination developed under the auspices of the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC). The curriculum is based on the competencies of the CNL role, as outlined in "White Paper on the Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader" (AACN, 2007). Students complete 450 practicum hours in this specialty track.

Program of Study for the Clinical Leadership Track

I. Core and Supportive Courses (26-27 credit hours)

II. Specialty Courses (11 credit hours)