Clinical Nurse Leader

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The Capstone College of Nursing offers the distance-based Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with all courses offered online. The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a master’s prepared generalist, accountable for clinical and health care environmental outcomes. The CNL functions at the microsystem level; oversees care coordination of a distinct group of patients; serves as a resource for clinical decision making; and serves as a lateral integrator of care. The CNL puts evidence-based practice into action, collects and evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary.

This clinician functions as part of an interprofessional team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other health care professionals. The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system across all settings in which health care in delivered. Students also prepare to sit for the CNL certification examination offered by American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC).  Upon certification they may assume the role of Clinical Nurse Leader in a variety of health care settings.

Note: This program requires a clinical immersion and it is the student’s responsibility to identify a site with an appropriate clinical facilitator. Prior to the clinical immersion the student will start the process of obtaining a CCN Letter of Agreement (LOA) or a Clinical Affiliation Contract with the agency. No clinical practice will take place until the student has been notified by CCN of approval.


Program of Study:
The Clinical Nurse Leader program can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study.

Sample Full-time Clinical Nurse Leader Program of Study

Sample Part-time Clinical Nurse Leader Program of Study

If you are not already a student, please be aware of our application deadline; March 1st.