Master’s – Clinical Nurse Leader

The Clinical Nurse Leader Master of Science Program is a 24-month accelerated nursing program that prepares non-BSN students for clinical careers. While at Georgetown, CNL students learn from expert faculty and have the opportunity to refine clinical skills in the O'Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center. Students are prepared for NCLEX-RN licensure, as well as certification as clinical nurse leaders.

Program Features

  • Designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field other than nursing
  • Clinical experience begins in the first semester, with over 900 total clinical hours in a variety of clinical settings
  • Expert clinician faculty with real-world experience
  • State-of-the-art O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center
  • Final semester immersion (350 hours) in the CNL role
  • Graduates are prepared to complete the national nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) and the AACN CNL certification exam; 2019 NCLEX-RN Pass rate: 100%

Program Admissions

Apply now here for Fall 2022 entry!

Application Deadlines
-Early Deadline: January 15th
-Final Deadline: April 1st

Applicant Questions
Questions concerning the admissions process should be directed to Amanda Patterson at

To Applicants: Thank you for your interest in the School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS). As you may have read, Georgetown is planning to launch a School of Nursing and a School of Health by July 1, 2022. We expect that NHS’s current academic programs will continue on through these two new schools. We plan for the BSN, the MS in Nursing, the DNAP, the DNP, and the PhD in Nursing will be housed in the planned future School of Nursing. We plan for the BS programs in Global Health, Health Care Management & Policy, and Human Science and the MS program in Health Systems Administration will be housed in the planned future School of Health.  The future organizational homes of these programs will not affect your application – students admitted to any of these programs will become students in the new schools when they are established.

CNL Program Video

Clinical Nurse Leader Alumni Spotlight

Clinical Nurse Leader Alumna Niila Witikko

“Georgetown’s clinical faculty and standards are second-to-none. The CNL program’s clinical hours far exceed national standards, which gave me a feeling of familiarity in the clinical environment that is not a guaranteed part of the nursing school experience. Perhaps more importantly though, Georgetown’s clinical faculty provided excellent simulation experiences even at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Niila Witikko (G’20), an alumna of the Clinical Nurse Leader Program at Georgetown, is entering practice at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in the Neurotrauma ICU.

What Georgetown Nursing is known for . . .

Badge of the NLN Center of Excellence in Nursing Education
  • Georgetown’s nursing programs are recognized by the National League for Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.
  • Georgetown houses the O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center, an immersive facility for nursing students to build and refine their skills as professional and advanced nurses.
  • Georgetown educates nurses who are well prepared for licensure and certification examinations; first-time pass rates are exceptional, when not perfect.
  • Georgetown maintains thousands of clinical affiliation agreements to support the educational process of its graduate and undergraduate nursing students.
  • Nursing faculty contributes to the school’s scholarly production each year through publications in journals and books.
  • Georgetown’s nursing alumni have become leaders and work in the federal government, higher education and the military, community-based organizations, and health systems, to name a few areas.
  • Georgetown nursing launched the university’s first-ever online degree-granting program.
  • Please visit our About Us page for detailed information on programmatic accreditations.

Application Requirements

  • Online Application ($90 nonrefundable fee) via the Graduate School of Arts & Science.
  • Academic statement of purpose that addresses the following questions: What was your reason for choosing nursing as a career? How will the CNL role help you to achieve your short and long-term career goals? Do you have any additional information that you would like the admissions committee to know about you that has not been previously considered in the application?
  • Transcripts: Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit this How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs. Applicants who receive an offer of admission will be required at that time to submit official transcripts for verification prior to enrolling. If an offer of admission is granted and accepted, admitted students will be required to submit final official transcripts from all institutions where post-secondary coursework has been completed and other institutions as designated in their admissions letter, sent directly to The preferred method is by secure electronic transcript delivery to, if offered by your institution. Official hard copy transcripts may also be mailed to Georgetown University, Office of Graduate Admissions, Car Barn Suite 207, 3520 Prospect Street N.W., Washington, DC 20057-1005
  • WES Evaluations are a required submission for all transcripts from outside of the U.S. using the WES course-by-course evaluation option.
  • Proof of English language proficiency is required unless the applicant received a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction. The TOEFL score report with a minimum score of 100 (internet test) is required. The mailing code is 5244 and must be submitted by the application deadline. 
  • Two official letters of recommendation: One academic and one professional recommendation are required.
  • An up-to-date resume or CV is a required submission within the online application.
  • Online video interview submission
  • Seven prerequisite courses listed in the application guide must be successfully completed by July 1 before your intended matriculation date. You may still apply with some prerequisites in progress, provided all seven will be complete by July 1 before your intended matriculation date. Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies (NHS) will soon offer two of these seven prerequisite courses: Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Human Anatomy & Physiology II. The courses will be offered online with synchronous and asynchronous content and are open to all non-degree students pursuing a health-based education who need to fulfill prerequisites for nursing or other health professions.
  • No standardized test submissions are required. If you wish to send a GRE score as a supplementary document, the mailing code is 5244.

Current Students

Schedule a meeting with your academic dean or visit our student resources page for academic calendars and other information.