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MSN Clinical Nurse Leader Program

Clinical Nurse Leadership

Elevate the quality of patient care in your organization! The Online Master's of Science in Clinical Nurse Leadership from Saint Xavier University is the ideal MSN for nurse leaders and supervisors who want the challenge of improving services and care, while continuing to work directly with patients. The advanced expertise you’ll gain in this nursing master’s degree program is applicable to all clinical settings, including hospitals, clinics, private practice, rehabilitation centers, hospices and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) role was developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) to help clinicians gain the expertise and skills to improve patient care, quality and safety. SXU’s online MSN curriculum in Clinical Nurse Leadership gives you the necessary leadership tools to take an active role in assessing, improving, implementing and evaluating patient care delivery. Plus, with the flexibility of an online program, you have the opportunity to schedule MSN courses around your busy lifestyle. Once the program has been completed, graduates are eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) examination for national certification.

The nursing curriculum for the CNL track covers vital aspects of Clinical Nurse Leadership including:

  • CNL role and strategies in health care coordination within Microsystems
  • Evidence-based quality improvement
  • Advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment

SXU’s School of Nursing is critically acclaimed and No. 2 for Best Online MSN Program in the United States in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report and No. 1 by College Choice for the Best Online Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Programs. In 2013, the National League for Nursing (NLN) re-designated the School of Nursing as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education – one of only 35 schools in the U.S. to receive this distinction, and the only school in Illinois.

Strengthen your knowledge and broaden your impact with the online MSN in Clinical Nurse Leadership. Call 866-319-8966 or request more information.