The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Master of Science in Nursing degree program is an innovative accelerated graduate program for individuals with non-nursing bachelor's degrees. CNL students can complete this degree program in 16 months and are prepared to enter the nursing profession by translating the skills and experiences from their education to launch their careers in nursing.
The CNL program is a generalist degree developed to address the fragmentation of patient care and to provide accountability for healthcare outcomes. The CNL is a leader in the healthcare delivery system that concentrates on the coordination of patient care and is not a role specific to nursing administration or management. The CNL assumes responsibility for healthcare outcomes by designing, implementing and evaluating patient plans of care.
Graduates of this program are eligible to take the NCLEX licensure examination for Registered Nurses (RN) and the CNL Certification exam offered by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.
The CNL program is four consecutive semesters, 16 months long. The program is currently offered at Augusta and Athens, Georgia campuses. All courses are taught using a real-time technology enhanced process so all students on all campuses receive the same instruction at the same time. Students are able to ask questions of off-site instructors as well as hear the questions asked from other campuses. Students engage in didactic, lab skills and clinical instruction each semester.
Applications for Fall 2018 will be accepted September 1, 2017 - February 1, 2018.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply and submit required documents before the published deadline. We may choose to accept a percentage of qualified applicants with complete applications prior to the admissions deadline.
The goals of the program are that upon completion CNL students will be able to: