Students will complete a non-thesis, quality improvement based project. The objective of this program is to provide and encourage undergraduate nursing students to pursue a master’s degree in nursing which fulfills the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) requirements to sit for the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) CNL certification examination. Students enrolled in this program can have up to six credits of graduate level courses taken during their senior undergraduate year count towards both a bachelor’s degree and the master’s in nursing degree. An additional three credits of graduate level coursework taken their senior year can be applied towards the master’s degree provided that these three credits are not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements. Students would be expected to complete remaining master’s degree requirements in two additional years of study. Full-time graduate student status will start in the summer following the completion of their undergraduate degree and will be expected to be maintained until completion of their master’s degree in nursing. Students must successfully pass their RN licensure examination prior to entry into their first fall semester in the graduate program.
Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) centralize the coordination of patient care and offer direct care in complex circumstances, combining the latest innovations in health care delivery with evidence-based practice. Read "Introducing the Clinical Nurse Leader" by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.