Clinical Nurse Leader Program for Licensed Nurses

Clinical Nurse Leader Program for Licensed Nurses


This Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program gives nursing professionals a path to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

The program is for licensed Registered Nurses who are interested in becoming advanced generalist clinicians with the flexibility of full-time or part-time study.

We offer two MSN:CNL programs for Registered Nurses:

  • RN to MSN: for Registered Nurses with an Associate's degree in Nursing
  • BSN to MSN: for Registered Nurses with a Bachelor's degree in Nursing


Fall 2017 applications will be accepted

Until May 15, 2017

Click here for application instructions!

Admission Requirements

The CNL program is designed to address the fragmentation of patient care and to provide accountability for health care outcomes. The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system who concentrates on the coordination of patient care and is not a role specific to nursing administration or management. The CNL assumes responsibility for health care outcomes by designing, implementing and evaluating patient plans of care in multiple settings.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the CNL Certification exam offered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Course of Study:

Both programs are tailored to the working professional and are offered completely online. Didactic coursework is completed through online courses, while the clinical components of the program are project-oriented tasks that can be completed at your current place of employment as an RN.

Program Goals:

Goals of the program are to prepare:

  • Nurses who cultivate an environment of clinical excellence that results in improved outcomes.
  • Clinical leaders of patient-care practice and delivery, including the coordination, design and evaluation of care for individuals, families, populations and groups in any health care setting.
  • Managers of care who lead and collaborate with other members of the interdisciplinary team to improve health care outcomes.
  • Clinicians who assure individualized, evidence-based, and quality care to patients and families.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) 

For more information, please send a message to CNL@augusta.edu