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The Clinical Nurse Leader track at Florida Atlantic University is a 33 credit program leading to a Master of Science degree in Nursing and qualifies the graduate to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification examination. Courses are provided by the FAU colleges of Nursing and Business, both of which are nationally accredited colleges.

The Clinical Nurse Leader is a part-time program designed to be completed in seven (7) semesters. At the completion of coursework students are required to complete a 400 hour practicum under the guidance of a master’s prepared preceptor and the concentration faculty that can be completed in their place of employment.

FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is ranked by US News and World Reports as one of the top 50 Masters Programs in the US.  The selection is based on a number of criteria used to rate program quality including research funding, faculty credentials, number of degrees awarded, student:faculty ratio, and mean undergraduate GPA of admitted students.

Massachusetts has initiated the process to join NC-SARA and are expected to be approved by the end of this year. Massachusetts state authorization restricts activities in internships and supervised academic field experiences. Therefore, any distance learning student in the College of Nursing who will be residing in Massachusetts while participating in their academic program should contact the college before enrolling to assure they are compliant with state authorization rules.


Online Curriculum

Courses Course No. Credits
Graduate Core Courses (9 credits)
Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring NGR 6110 3
Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Nursing NGR 6811 3
Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice NGR 6812 3
Direct Care Core Courses (9 credits)
Advanced Nursing Situations: Health Assessment   NGR 6002 2
Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: Health Assessment* NGR 6002L 1
Advanced Pathophysiology NGR 6141 3
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics NGR 6172 3
Electives (3 credits)
Introduction to Health Care Systems*  HSA 6103 3
Concentration Courses (12 credits)
Clinical Informatics NGR 6871 3
Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: Introduction to the CNL Role NGR 6770 3
Advanced Nursing Situations: Perspectives in CNL NGR 6771 3
Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: CNL Practicum Seminar** NGR 6773 3

*This course is offered in the College of Business.
**This course includes a 400 hour practicum at a clinical partner site.

The CNL Concentration Courses are offered on a rotating basis. Planned course offerings:

NGR 6771: Advanced Nursing Situations: Perspectives in Clinical Nurse Leadership Fall 2016
NGR 6770: Advanced Nursing Situations: Introduction to the Clinical Nurse Leadership Role Spring 2016
NGR 6773: Advanced Nursing Situations: CNL Practicum
(no practicum offered in the Summer)
Spring 2017

Sample Careers: 

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Quality Management
  • Nurse Navigator
  • Community Health Educator
  • Staff Development Educator
  • Emergency Room Nurse

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Degree Details
College College of Nursing
Degree type MSN
*Cost per credit
- In State (FL) $369.82
- Out of State (FL) $1,024.81
Credits needed to graduate 33
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* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.
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