Master of Science in Nursing in Clinical Nurse Leader

The Clinical Nurse Leader Program (CNL) prepares nurses to be clinical leaders with the skills to thrive in the current and future health care system while striving to improve client outcomes and reduce health care costs. The program is a second-degree, accelerated nursing program integrating didactic and clinical instruction for individuals with a baccalaureate or higher degree in a non-nursing field.

Students are prepared for the registered nurse licensure examination and graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The CNL is a generalist (not an advanced-practice nurse) with nursing knowledge, comprehension of the infrastructure of the health care system, clinical decision-making skills, resource management strategies and the ability to manage complex information.

The CNL Program has been fully approved by the Georgia Board of Regents and the Georgia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

College of Nursing

The goals of the Clinical Nurse Leader program are to prepare graduates to:

  • Provide optimal patient and family centered care that is evidence-based, applied across diverse settings and throughout the life span
  • Create and sustain environments for clinical excellence in patient safety and quality outcomes
  • Serve as leaders and partners in interdisciplinary healthcare teams
  • Become effective decision makers using information systems and technology