About the Program
Practicing RNs can become leaders at the bedside, part-time in only two years with this Master of Science in Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program.
The CNL program gives you skills and knowledge that can turn you into an advanced nurse generalist at the unit level, setting you apart from your peers and positioning yourself for the leadership track. All you need is an active RN license and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. If you’re an RN without your bachelor's degree, don’t worry; our RN to BSN Online Program may be for you. If you have a bachelor's degree -- in any field -- but are not a nurse and would like to become one, our Master's Entry to Nursing Practice (MSN) is perfect for you.
Third-Party Comments Note for 2019
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) will visit Sentara College of Health Sciences on February 12-14, 2020. This is a visit to evaluate the Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) program for initial accreditation. Written and signed third-party comments related to the MSN program will be accepted by CCNE until 21 days before the visit and must be received to CCNE by January 22, 2020. All comments are to be written in English and directed to: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, Attn: Third-party Comments, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC, 2001.
Your Educational Experience
As a student, you’ll learn online part-time, at your own pace. The CNL program is designed for working RNs, so it’s flexible. You can complete your MSN in just two years while taking only two courses per term. Terms are held in the spring, summer, and fall. You can begin during any term, and you will study all year long. In addition to your online coursework, there are also two clinical courses.
Career Opportunities With Your MSN
Master’s-prepared Registered Nurses make up only 13% of all practicing RNs, so they can take leadership roles at the bedside and within their units, because they have skills and knowledge that go beyond many of their peers. CNLs are poised to rise quickly, because they are able to handle complex clients, improve patient care outcomes, and facilitate the interprofessional collaboration that leading healthcare organizations demand.
CNLs are bedside nurses who wish to become advanced generalists while staying with the patients and units they love most. The CLN MSN makes you better able to analyze and influence policies that can, in turn, improve patient care every day.
Possible Job Titles & Career Opportunities for CNLs:
- Clinical Educator
- Clinical Manager, Long-term Care
- Director/Asst. Director of Nursing, Long-term Care
- Hospitalist Nurse (RN Coordinator)
- Integrated Care Manager
- Nurse Clinician
- Nurse Specialist
- Nursing Faculty
- RN Care Coordinator
- RN Program Coordinator
- Simulation Specialist
- Staff Development Educator
- Team Coordinator
- Transplant Coordinator
- Unit Coordinator
Clinical Nurse Leader MSN Program at a Glance
- Now accepting applications for January 2020
- To apply, you must possess a current, unencumbered Registered Nurse license and a BSN degree
- Part-time, online program with two clinical courses
- Classes begin each January, May & August
- Complete your degree in two years
- Sentara College is pleased to welcome students who live in any state that participates in NC-SARA
- Tuition, fees, and expenses
Interested in applying to this program?