Designed for a candidate who holds a bachelor’s degree already but who now seeks a nursing career, the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program prepares students to become licensed RNs, with enhanced preparation for the role of a Clinical Nurse Leader.Request Information Information Meetings Apply Now
Next cohort is spring 2014.
Application deadline is October 15, 2013.
MSN Projects Description
This entry-level nursing program is comprised of 68 units and is completed in two years of continuous study. It is a full-time program with traditional classroom instruction roughly three days per week and clinical placements in local healthcare environments two days per week.
The CNL is a masters' prepared nurse generalist who assumes accountability for the healthcare outcomes of a specific group of patients within a unit or setting through the assimilation and application of research-based information to design, implement, and evaluate patient outcomes at the point of care. The emerging role of the CNL is a national initiative in response to patient care needs and the current health delivery environments. The CNL is a provider and a manager of care.
Upon completion of the program the graduate will be able to:
- Design, coordinate and evaluate care to individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations; understand the rationale for care and competently deliver this care to an increasingly complex and diverse population in multiple environments.
- Provide care at the point of care to individuals across the lifespan with particular emphasis on health promotion and risk reduction services.
- Synthesize data, information, and knowledge to evaluate and achieve optimal client outcomes.
- Ensure that clients, families, and communities are well-informed and included in care planning and is an informed leader for improving care.
- Advocate for the client by taking action if decisions or activities are against the wishes or interests of the client; give the client the opportunity to make informed decisions about health care before it is provided. Serve as an advocate for the profession and the interdisciplinary health care team.
- Use appropriate teaching principles and strategies as well as current information, materials, and technologies to teach clients, groups, and other health care professionals under their supervision.
- Use information systems and technology that put knowledge at the point of care to improve health care outcomes.
- Participate in systems review to improve quality of client care delivery and at the individual level to critically evaluate and anticipate risks to client safety with the aim of preventing medical error.
- Delegate and manage the nursing team resources (human and fiscal) and serve as a leader and partner in the interdisciplinary health care team.
- Assume accountability for the ongoing acquisition of knowledge and skills to effect change in health care practice and outcomes and in the profession.
Admission to the program is based on an overall appraisal of the applicant's ability to undertake master's study and of their potential contributions to the discipline of nursing as evidence by the following:
- Official transcripts from colleges/universities attended
- Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher
- Two Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
- TOEFL scores if needed/Certificate of Finance/Copy of Passport (International Students Only)
Pre-requisites to the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) for the Non-nurse Only
The CNL program for the non-nurse is open to students who have a non-nurse baccalaureate degree (or higher). The following courses or their equivalent are required before entering the program. These courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better:
|The CLEP test is the only permitted exception to the prerequisites.
|Human Anatomy (lecture and lab)
|Physiology (lecture and lab)
|Microbiology (lecture and lab)
|General Psychology or Introduction to Psychology
|Developmental Psychology or Lifespan Psychology (Human Growth and Development)
|Introduction to Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
|Public Speaking or Oral Communication
TOTAL PREQUISITE UNITS
Curriculum for the Non-Nurse
NURS 601 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 4 units
NURS 602 Principles of Epidemiology 3 units
NURS 604 Instructional Systems Design 3 units
NURS 610 Health Promotion 4 units
NURS 611 Clinical Lab I 4 units
NURS 612 Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 3 units
NURS 614* Healthcare Systems Leadership 3 units
NURS 618 Medical-Surgical Nursing I 4 units
NURS 619 Med-Surg Clinical Lab 4 units
NURS 622 Health Assessment through the Lifespan 2 units
NURS 623 CNL: As Team Manager and Leader
NURS 624 Fundamentals of Nursing 2 units
NURS 629* Financial Management 3 units
NURS 634* Nursing Research 3 units
NURS 635 Med-Surg Nursing II 2 units
NURS 636 Med-Surg Clinical Lab 2 units
NURS 637 Pediatric Nursing 2 units
NURS 638 Pediatric Clinical Lab 2 units
NURS 644 Mental and Community Health 3 units
NURS 645 Integration and Evaluation of Leadership Role 1 unit
NURS 646 M&CH Clinical Lab 4 units
NURS 648* Healthcare Policy and Ethics 3 unit
NURS 651* CNL: Implementation 2 unit
NURS 653* Internship (Clinical) 2 units
*not considered pre-licensure courses
TOTAL PROGRAM UNITS 68 units
Tina Lemos, MSN Department Chair
For more information
School of Nursing and Health Professions (415) 422-2806.