Clinical Nurse Leader

Clinical Nurse Leader Program

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:

  • informatics
  • process improvement
  • value in health care
  • epidemiology
  • 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.

Degree Plan