MSN Program

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Track

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The University of the Incarnate Word was the first university in Texas to prepare nurses for the fast emerging role of Clinical Nurse Leader. The Clinical Nurse Leader is a highly skilled nurse with a focus on outcomes-based practice. The Clinical Nurse Leader oversees the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and provides patient care in complex situations. CNL education prepares an advanced generalist with skills in evaluating patient outcomes, assessing risks, and designing evidence-based solutions for complex care problems.

Upon completion of the CNL curriculum, the graduate will be eligible to apply for national CNL certification through the Commission on Nurse Certification

For more information about the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader visit the AACN website.

Curriculum and Coursework

To fulfill the requirements for this MSN track, the student must complete the following coursework:

MATH 6363 Research Statistics

NURS 6355 Research for Evidence Based Practice

NURS 6361 Nursing Leadership and Health Policy

NURS 6321 Nursing Theory for Advanced Practice

NURS 6315 Resource Management for Nurse Leaders 

NURS 6290 Informatics in Health Care

NURS 6325 Advanced Pathophysiology

NURS 6323 Advanced Health Assessment

NURS 6341 Advanced Pharmacology

NURS 63CS Capstone

NURS 6331 Aggregate Health I

NURS 6452 Aggregate Health II

NURS 6371 Aggregate Health III

NURS 6394 Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion


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