Clinical Nurse Leader

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a new role in nursing. The CNL program prepares professional nurses as advanced generalists who are experts at the point of care.

Program Information

The Clinical Nurse Leader has multiple roles in healthcare including:

  • Clinical Practice
  • Outcomes Manager
  • Patient Advocate
  • Educator
  • Information Manager
  • Systems Analyst/Risk Anticipator
  • Team Leader

The Clinical Nurse Leader curriculum can be completed in three semesters post-baccalaureate and consists of course work that address each of the areas cited above as well as immersion clinical experiences to assist learners in adapting to the role. All courses are online and clinical can be arranged in your own community (in most cases). The interactive online classroom provides opportunities for active learning, discussion, problem solving, debating, critical thinking, research, networking, and community building.

Clinical Nurse Leader Curriculum

Post BSN Track (MSN)

RN to MSN (for associate & diploma RN’s)

RN to MSN (for Associate/Diploma RN’s with a degree in a non-nursing discipline)


Please feel free to contact Dr. James Harris for more information about this specialty: