Clinical Nurse Leader

The health care environment is increasingly complex. To help ensure quality of care, the nursing profession has developed a relatively new role: a master-of-science-prepared clinical nurse leader (CNL).

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the CNL is a leader in all settings where health care is delivered. In addition to providing direct patient care, the CNL-prepared nurse assumes accountability for patient-care outcomes through the assimilation and application of evidence-based information to design, implement, and evaluate patient-care processes and models of care delivery.”

To help meet this identified workforce need, Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies has launched a clinical nurse leader (CNL) concentration within its longstanding Master of Science (MS) Program in Nursing. The program is specifically designed for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher in a field other than nursing for master’s-level entry into professional nursing practice.

Georgetown’s CNL is a 24-month, six-semester (including two summer semesters), full-time program of study. The first five semesters take place on campus. The final semester consists of a CNL role immersion practicum.

Program Features

  • Students graduate with a master of science (MS) in nursing with a concentration in clinical nurse leader (CNL) in only 24 months.
  • Faculty are expert clinicians who bring real-world experience to the classroom.
  • Students practice clinical skills in the state-of-the-art O'Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center.
  • Student-centered environment.
  • Final semester immersion experience (352 hours) in the CNL role.
  • Focus on improving health care systems and quality. This curriculum incorporates the domains of leadership, clinical outcomes management, and care environment management.
  • Graduates of the program are eligible and prepared to complete the national nursing licensure examination (NCLEX-RN), which is required to practice as a professional nurse, and the AACN CNL certification exam.
  • The curriculum incorporates coursework with on-campus learning.

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