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Curriculum Plans

  • Fully online!
  • Students can start taking classes at any time and are formally admitted to the program once a year in the Fall semester.

Sample Course Sequences


Core Curriculum (19 credit hours)
NU 801 Theoretical Foundations 2 credit hours
NU 802 Population Health 3 credit hours
NU 804 Informatics in Healthcare Settings 2 credit hours
NU 807  Clinical Scholarship Evidence-Based Practice 3 credit hours
NU 812 Innovations in Quality Care 2 credit hours
NU 820 Advanced Practice Pathophysiology 3 credit hours
NU 822 Advanced Practice Pharmacology 3 credit hours
NU 824 Advanced Health Assessment Differential Dx 4 credit hours, 105 clinical hours
Clinical Leadership (17 credit hours)
NU 609 Administrative Leadership for CNLs 3 credit hours
NU 612 Financial Management of Health Care 3 credit hours
NU 734 CNL Practicum I 2 credit hours, 150 clinical hours
NU 736 CNL Practicum II 3 credit hours, 225 clinical hours
Graduate Project
NU 750

CNL Graduate Project
(1 cr. didactic, 1 cr. clinical = 75 clinical hours

2 credit hours, 75 clinical hours

TOTAL Hours - 35 credit hours
Clinical Practicum Hours at 5:1 ratio = 105 + 150+ 225 + 75 = 555 contact hours.

Clinical Experience

Clinical experiences will be across the lifespan.  Students  choose their clinical placements with the Program Director's approval.  This allows students to find placements that are convenient and close to where they live.

Online Program

All classes for the MSN-CNL program are offered online. The majority of classes are offered asynchronous in a  self paced format that students can complete on their own and submitted by specific due dates.  There are also a limited number of classes each semester that are synchronous. These classes meet at a specific time in a virtual format with all students participating live at that time. These “live” class times provide for communication and connection with faculty and peers,  provide important information,  build connections with your peers and provide time for student presentations. 


School of Nursing Tuition Rates & Fees

Earn Additional Certifications

As part of your MSN-CNL program, you'll earn additional certifications:

  • TeamSTEPPS
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt

Prerequisite Statistics Courses

Applicants must complete a graduate level inferential statistics course. Visit the link below for more details.

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