What is a CNL?
This video provides a great description of the CNL role in healthcare.
What can I expect upon graduation from this program?
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 my ultimate goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner or a Nurse Anesthetist, is this a good path for me?
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
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.
I'm an LPN. Am I eligible for this 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.
I'm an RN. Am I eligible for this program?
No, the pre-licensure program prepares individuals to take the RN certification exam upon graduation.
Can I work full-time or part-time while enrolled in the CNL program?
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.
Would I be allowed to take additional classes outside of the program (transient status) while enrolled?
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.
What is the typical CNL student schedule like?
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.
What are the technological expectations in the program?
Students are expected to have a basic knowledge of computer skills and online learning
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.
Need help with NursingCAS?
How do I check my application status?
Verified applicants can check the status of their application by using the following
If you do not know your user ID or password, please enter the email address used to create your NursingCAS account. If your account is not verified, please contact NursingCAS to check your application status.
If I do not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA, am I still eligible for admission?
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.
How is the cumulative undergraduate GPA calculated?
The CNL program uses ALL academic undergraduate college-level courses attempted to calculate the cumulative undergraduate GPA. I, W, S, U, V, K, and NR are included in the GPA. In addition, we do not honor grade forgiveness or the +/- addition to a grade. Career technical, development/remedial, and military credits do not count as an academic credit.
How do I know if my prerequisite courses are acceptable?
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 submit a course description and/or syllabus to here.
Can I take the prerequisite courses at Augusta University?
Yes. You will need to complete a separate application for admission as an undergraduate
non-degree seeking student. Please click this link to apply.
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 or submit a course to be evaluated here.
|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 (formerly MATH 1410, both are accepted)|
|General Psychology (3 credits)||PSYC 1101 - Introduction to General Psychology|
|Human Growth and Development - Lifespan (3 credits)||PSYC 2103 - Introduction to Human Development|
Do you accept CLEP credit for the prerequisite courses?
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
I'm ready to apply! What do I need to do?
The College of Nursing only accepts applications for admission through a centralized
application system, NursingCAS.
Please visit this page for application process details.
How can I make my application stand out?
Traits we are considering when we are reviewing your application include maturity, intellectual curiosity, resourceful and self-directed, proficient use of technology, integrity, leadership, and healthcare experience. Keep this in mind and provide examples that help us understand how you demonstrate these elements.
I have applied for admission online. How do I know if my transcripts, recommendations, and test scores have arrived?
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.
I have applied for admission online. When can I expect to receive a decision?
We review 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.
I have been invited for an interview. How can I prepare for this?
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.
Does Augusta University College of Nursing provide scholarship opportunities?
The Augusta University College of Nursing offers several recognition and scholarship opportunities available to nursing students.
If you have any additional questions not addressed here, please email the CNL Program.