Clinical Nurse Leader Plan of Study

The Clinical Nurse Leader track MSN degree from Morningside College's Nylen School of Nursing consists of 38 total credit hours, including 22 credits from master's core classes and 16 CNL specialty course credits. Students in this track will complete 500 clinical/practicum hours along with one on-site residency.

The curriculum prepares graduates to be eligible for national certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader through the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC).

View our plans of study for full-time and part-time degree-seeking students. You can tailor each plan to meet your individual needs.

*Plans of study are tentative. Course offerings and rotations are due to change based on enrollment and course resources.

Full-time CNL Plan of Study

Fall year one

NURS 515 Quality, Safety, Informatics (2 cr)
NURS 517 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr)
NURS 613 Leadership for Advance Nursing (3 cr)

Spring year one

NURS 510 Management of Care in Environment (3 cr)
NURS 518 Advanced Pharmacology (3 cr)
NURS 522 Advanced Health Assessment - one day lab residency ( 3 cr)

Summer year one

NURS 530 Statistics in Advanced Practice (3 cr)

Fall year two

NURS 509 Healthcare Policy/Economics (3 cr)
NURS 533 Evidence-based Research (3 cr)
NURS 615 Management of Clinical Outcomes (3 cr)
NURS 631 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I (1 cr)

Spring year two

NURS 516 Education in Practice (2 cr)
NURS 632 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II: Immersion - 300 clinical hours (3 cr)
NURS 646 Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone - one day residency (3 cr)

Part-time CNL Plan of Study

Fall year one

NURS 509 Healthcare Policy/Economics (3 cr)
NURS 515 Quality, Safety, Informatics (2 cr)

Spring year one

NURS 510 Management of Care in Environment (3 cr)
NURS 516 Education in Practice (2 cr)

Fall year two

NURS 613 Leadership for Advanced Nursing (3 cr)
NURS 517 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 cr)

Spring year two

NURS 518 Advanced Pharmacology (3 cr)
NURS 522 Advanced Health Assessment - one day lab residency (3 cr)

Summer year two

NURS 530 Statistics in Advanced Practice (3 cr)

Fall year three

NURS 533 Evidence-based Research (3 cr)
NURS 615 Management of Clinical Outcomes (3 cr)
NURS 631 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I - or Summer year two (1 cr)

Spring year three

NURS 632 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II: Immersion - 300 clinical hours (3 cr)
NURS 646 Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone - one day residency (3 cr)