Academics and Curriculum
The Clinical Nurse Leader program is part time, 36 credits and can be completed in six semesters. You can take one or two courses per semester.
The curriculum builds on your previous clinical nursing knowledge and work experience, encompassing nursing leadership, clinical practice, interprofessional team-based care, and clinical outcomes management.
Ultimately, you’ll focus on improving patient care at the point of care delivery to achieve Triple Aim outcomes – continually improve the experience of care, population health, and reducing per capita health care costs.
The program combines leadership courses with advanced clinical nursing courses in health assessment, physiology/pathophysiology and pharmacology, and evidence-based practice. The curriculum also covers:
- process improvement
- value in health care
- population health
- program design
To round out the program, you will complete a 448-hour immersion experience where you take on the leadership role of a clinical nurse leader in your workplace. After completing all coursework and clinical experiences, you will be prepared to sit for the CNL certification exam.
|NUR 401||The Writing Workshop||1 credit
|NUR 400||Research Principles for Evidence-Based Practice||5 credits
|NUR 363||Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Refresher||1 credit
|NLX 470||Foundations of Leadership and Organizational Behavior||4 credits
56.0 field hours
|NLX 421||Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology for Nurse Leaders and Educators||4 credits
|NLX 475||Leadership in Clinical Nursing||4 credits
56 clinical hours
|NLX 464||Informatics, Process Improvement, and Value in Health Care||3 credits
|NLX 466||Epidemiology||3 credits
|NLX 467||Population Health and Program Design||3 credits
|NLX 422||Health Assessment for Nurse Leaders and Educators||3 credits
|NLX 476||CNL Immersion Experience||3 credits
168 clinical hours
|NLX 485||CNL Capstone||4 credits
168 clinical hours
Total credit hours: 38
Total Field Hours: 56
Total clinical hours: 392