Clinical Nurse Leader Program FAQs


CLINICAL NURSE LEADER PROGRAM (PRE-LICENSURE)

 

This video provides a great description of the CNL role in healthcare.

Our graduates have an extremely high employment rate and are typically employed in RN roles in various healthcare settings. Graduates who take and pass the CNL Certification Exam are eligible for employment in those roles as well.

  • If you are not currently an RN, the Augusta University pre-licensure CNL program is a great way to begin your journey toward these goals. We structure our programs in a way that makes it easy for students to transition to these advanced programs at Augusta University.
  • Please be sure to check admissions requirements for your program of interest to be sure that you are adequately prepared. (Please note that the DNP programs require a grade of "B" or better on your statistics prerequisite course. If you currently have a grade of "C" in statistics and plan to go directly into the DNP program, you will want to consider repeating this course before beginning the CNL program.)

Yes, as long as you have a Bachelor's degree in a field other than Nursing, and meet other admissions requirements, you can be considered for the program.

No, the pre-licensure program prepares individuals to take the RN certification exam upon graduation.

We strongly advise that you do not work while you are enrolled in the program. As a full-time student in an accelerated program, your schedule will be very full and we cannot make any accommodations for a student's work schedule.

Because of the high demands of the CNL pre-licensure program, taking outside classes while enrolled is not allowed without permission from the program director and Academic & Student Affairs Administration.

Our courses are offered during the day-time hours only and the majority of the classes are held in-class, on the Augusta and Athens campuses. Some courses do have online components as well. Our students are in class, lab, simulation, or clinical 4-5 days every week.

  • Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of computer skills and online learning systems.
  • Students are required to purchase their own laptop computer for use throughout the program. Please check the minimum specifications for a laptop used for the program. Students are expected to have a laptop that meets all specifications prior to the first day of class.
  • Our admissions process is competitive and we suggest doing everything you can to meet the minimum criteria in order to be considered by the Admissions Committee.
  • If you have not completed all of your prerequisite courses, this can be a way to boost your undergraduate GPA if you are able to perform well in those courses. Be sure to send us an official copy of your transcript each time you complete a course so that we can update your calculated GPA.
  • Please use our Transfer Equivalency Guide to evaluate your transcripts. If you have a class that is not listed in our guide that you would like evaluated, please email us a course description and/or syllabus.

Yes! You will need to complete a separate application for admission as an undergraduate non-degree seeking student. Prerequisites can also be taken at other regionally accredited colleges and universities. If you have questions about a specific course's transferability, please check the Augusta University Transfer Equivalency Guide online or send us an email.

 

Prerequisite Required AU Course Equivalent

Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits) 
Must be completed within the last 10 years

BIOL 2111 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I 
BIOL 2112 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II

Microbiology (3 credits)
Must be completed within the last 10 years
BIOL 2500 - Microbiology for Nursing and Allied Health
Chemistry with lab (4 credits) CHEM 1151 - Survey of Chemistry I or 
CHEM 1211 - Principles of Chemistry I 
Statistics (3 credits) MATH 2210 - Elementary Statistics
General Psychology (3 credits) PSYC 1101 - Introduction to General Psychology
Human Growth and Development - Lifespan (3 credits) PSYC 2103 - Introduction to Human Development

We currently accept CLEP credit for the General Psychology and Human Growth & Development prerequisites. For more information about CLEP testing, please review https://clep.collegeboard.org/exams and http://www.augusta.edu/tds/clep.php

  • The College of Nursing only accepts applications for admission through a centralized application system, NursingCAS.
  • Please visit this page for application process details.
  • Meet or exceed ALL minimum admissions requirements.
    • A grade of C or higher is required for all prerequisite courses, although A's and B's are preferred.
  • Have a basic understanding of the staff nurse and Clinical Nurse Leader roles.
  • Request references from professional sources.
    • Professional sources may include a former/current manager, a former/current professor or teacher, or a healthcare professional who has observed you in a professional setting.
    • References from healthcare professionals who are family or friends will not strengthen your application package.
    • It is not necessary to do a "shadow" experience, although this may help you to determine if nursing is the right career path for you.
  • Be sure that your application essay answers the questions that are asked.
  • Have someone else proofread your essay to check for content, flow, spelling, and grammar.

Please continue to check your NursingCAS applicant portal to ensure that your official transcripts and recommendation forms are received. When all transcripts are received and verified by NursingCAS, your information will be submitted to Augusta University. From there, the program manager will keep you updated throughout the admissions process via email.

We are reviewing applications between the months of September and April. Please be sure that you have submitted all required documents and are monitoring your email for any updates or follow-up information requests. We have a very thorough admissions process and we appreciate your patience with us.

  • In your interview, at least two members of the Admissions Committee will ask you basic questions about yourself and your educational and professional background to determine if you will be a good fit for the CNL program.
  • Use this opportunity to "sell yourself"! Don't be embarrassed to tell us how great you are.
  • Help us to understand why you will make an excellent Clinical Nurse Leader.

The Augusta University College of Nursing offers several recognition and scholarship opportunities available to nursing students. Applications open in August. 

 

If you have any additional questions not addressed here, please send an email to CNL@augusta.edu