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MSN Program Introduction

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Designed for the student seeking a Master of Science in Nursing with a clinical focus in either the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) role, this flexible program of study allows the student to select the aggregate or group of clients with whom he or she wishes to work.  CNL students focus on addressing issues of health care quality and safety within a selected health care unit, while CNS students have the opportunity to hone skills in managing the health issues of selected adult clients in both acute care and community settings.


Unique features of this master’s program include:

  • Cross-cultural perspectives on health behavior and values, with an emphasis on existing health disparities.
  • Active recruitment of students and faculty from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds to enrich student learning.
  • Preparation of Clinical Nurse Leaders and Clinical Nurse Specialists with population-focused skills which enable them to develop and execute nursing programs and services for groups of clients with common health care problems.

The programs of study for students consist of a minimum of 42-credit hours for both the CNL and CNS roles. This can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Classes are generally held either online or in the evenings and Saturdays to accommodate working students.

CNL and CNS post-master's certification programs, consisting of 13 course credits, are also offered for nurses with MSN degrees.

The MSN program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

One Dupont Circle, NW
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Washington, DC 200036-1120

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For further information, contact:

Dr. Holly Cassells
Professor, School of Nursing and Health Professions

University of the Incarnate Word
4301 Broadway, Box 300
San Antonio, TX 78209

(210) 829-6379