Fall 2022 applications submitted after March 14 will be considered on a space available basis only.

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Augusta University offers the Master of Science in Nursing degree with a concentration in Clinical Nurse Leader.

This program is an innovative, accelerated graduate program for individuals with non-nursing bachelor's degrees. 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 MSN-CNL program is taught on the Augusta and Athens campuses. 

The master's degree program in nursing at Augusta University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Master of Science in Nursing



Program Manager (Augusta)

Nori Brown

Program Director

Elena Prendergast, DNP

A Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a Master's educated nurse who is prepared to take on a role of leadership in any healthcare setting.

The role of a CNL was created to better prepare nurses for work in the modern health care system and to improve patient care.

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  • Demonstrate safe, accountable, and comprehensive nursing care to individuals, families, and communities.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and decision making in health care situations.
  • Evaluate and apply theories and research findings to the advanced generalist practice of nursing.
  • Collaborate with health care providers and consumers to design and initiate strategies to promote wellness, reduce risk, and influence the nature and outcomes of population-appropriate health care services.
  • Engage in advanced generalist practice based on legal and ethical principles and professional standards of practice.
  • Assume a leadership role in identifying, synthesizing, resolving, and evaluating issues that have an actual or potential impact on nursing and health care