Clinical Nurse Leader
As the healthcare environment has become more complex, the role of the professional nurse has grown to meet contemporary complex challenges. A criticism of the current health care system is that patient care has become highly fragmented, with patients seeing a plethora of specialists during shortened hospital and other health care settings stays.
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a relatively new professional role in nursing, that places well-educated generalist nurses in central positions in hospitals to move patients seamlessly through the health care system during episodes of care.
The Helen S. Breidegam School of Nursing and Public Health offers the Master of Science in Nursing degree for Clinical Nurse Leaders. The program is a 35-credit program, that includes 21 credits of general core and direct care courses that are shared with other graduate nursing programs. In addition, there are 14 credits of specialty courses, including a 400-hour clinical immersion experience in the CNL role.
Students take four general core and three different direct care courses. They also complete specialized requirements of their chosen concentration. The CNL Track includes:
Clinical Nurse Leader Track
|General Core Courses|
|NURS 502||Epidemiology & Bioinformatics|
|NURS 504||Policy, Quality & Safety in Health Care|
|NURS 506||Nursing Role Theory & Evidence-Based Practice|
|NURS 536||Law, Regulations & Ethics in Health Care|
|Direct Core Courses|
|NURS 530||Advanced Pathophysiology|
|NURS 532||Advanced Pharmacology|
|NURS 534||Advanced Health & Physical Assessment|
|Clinical Nurse Leader Specialty Courses|
|NURS 610||CNL Roles and Responsibilities|
|NURS 750||Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone, Seminar & Internship I|
|NURS 751||Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone, Seminar & Internship II|
- Satisfactory completion of an accredited baccalaureate program with at least 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
- Submission of official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended
- Active RN licensure in Pennsylvania
- Completion of a statistics course at an undergraduate or graduate level with a grade of C or better
- Two professional references, one from a nursing supervisor
- Written statement of professional goals for graduate study and nursing career
- Professional resume or curriculum vitae
Are you a Moravian University student or alumni in a baccalaureate nursing program who wish to obtain their Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) in one of the programs for Clinical Nurse Leaders, Nurse Educators, Nurse Administrators, MSN Nurse Administrators/MBA? See if you may be eligible for direct admission into one of our MSN programs.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Moravian University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).
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