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 Nurse 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 25 credit hour core, students complete 11 credit hours in focused 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 CNL certification examination developed under the auspices of the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC). The curriculum is based on the competencies of the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role, as outlined in "White Paper on the Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader" (AACN, 2007).

Program of Study for the Clinical Nurse Leader Track

I. Core and Supportive Courses (25 Credits)
NURSG 504 Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
NURSG 508 Epidemiology (3)
NURSG 509 Nursing Inquiry (3)
NURSG 517 Health Care Systems and Financing (3)
NURSG 500 Population-Based Health Care (3)
NURSG 502 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NURSG 503 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
NURSG 512 Advanced Pharmacology (2)
NURSG 572 Family Systems (2)
II. Specialty Courses (11 Credits)
For students matriculated prior to fall 2012:
NURSG 501 CNL Role (2)
NURSG 601 CNL Practicum I (3)
NURSG 602 CNL Practicum II (3)
NURSG 603 CNL Practicum III (3)
For students matriculating fall 2012 and after:
NURSG 523 Clinical Nurse Leader Role I (2)
NURSG 524 Clinical Nurse Leader Role II (3)
NURSG 612 CNL Immersion I (3)
NURSG 614 CNL Immersion II (3)

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