Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Emphasis
The Master of Science degree in Nursing with an emphasis in CNL prepares the post-baccalaureate nursing student for a leadership role in the management of clinical outcomes and patient care environments. The graduate is eligible to apply for national certification from the Commission on Nurse Certification, an autonomous arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Part-time study. Health policies, OSHA requirements, CPR and criminal background check are required. Completion of a master's thesis is an option.
This program prepares the graduate to function as a leader in collaborative, outcomes-based practice. The CNL is an advanced generalist who provides lateral integration at the point of care, complex patient care, evaluation and improvement of patient and process outcomes, assessment and management of risks, and coordination of care. Implementation will vary across settings; this is not an advanced practice role.
For degree and program requirements, see:
Nursing M.S. — Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Emphasis