Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN)

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. 

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

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Accreditations & Certifications

Sentara College and the Clinical Nurse Leader (MSN) are accredited and certified by:

Sentara College of Health Sciences is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

Sentara College of Health Sciences is certified to operate an institution of postsecondary education in Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Sentara College of Health Sciences operates under the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

The master's degree program in nursing at Sentara College of Health Sciences is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Find Out If You´re Eligible to Apply

Have you graduated high school or equivalent?

Please click below to review the criteria for the Early Admission to Undergraduate Programs BSN. 


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Are you a current US citizen or permanent resident?

We are only able to accept citizens or permanent residents. For more information please contact our Recruitment Office.

Will you be 18 years of age by the first day of classes?

You have to be 18 by the first day of classes. For more information please contact our Recruitment Office.

Are you a licensed RN?

Do you have a bachelor's degree?

Do you have a BSN Degree?

Did you complete college level statistics with a "C-" or better, and graduate with a 2.0 GPA or better?

Have you taken some college level courses?

Do you have all of the following prerequisites with a "B-" or higher?


-Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

-Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab

-College Chemistry w/lab

-Developmental Psychology

-English Composition I

-English Composition II

-Microbiology w/lab

-Nutrition

-Statistics

Do you have an associate degree? (If you have an Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Science, or a technical degree, please click "no".)

At this time you have not completed the necessary requiremments. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

You qualify for our Clinical Nurse Leader program! (Transferability of coursework is not guaranteed and is ony official after review from our Admissions Advisor It is recommended that you receive a transcript review from our Recruitment Team prior to submitting your application.)

You can apply to our MENP program!  (Transferability of coursework is not guaranteed and is only official after review from our Admissions Advisor. It is recommended that you receive a transcript review from our Recruitment Team prior to submitting your application.)

Do you have an associate degree? (If you have an Associate of Applied Science, Occupational Science, or a technical degree, please click "no.")

At this time you have not completed the necessary requiremments for the RN to BSN program. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

Do you have all of the following prerequisites with a "C-" or higher?

-Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

-College Chemistry w/lab

-Developmental Psychology

-English Composition I

-English Composition II 

-Statistics

Have you taken some college level courses?

Do you have all of the following prerequisites with a "C-" or higher?

-Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

-College Chemistry w/lab

-Developmental Psychology

-English Composition I

-English Composition II

-Statistics

You can apply to our BSN program! You have met the minimum qualifications to apply. (Transferability of coursework is not guaranteed and is only official after review from our Admissions Advisor. It is recommended that you receive a transcript review from our Recruitment Team prior to submitting your application.) Also, prior to beginning our Program you are required to complete any remaining prerequisites with a "C-" or higher.

At this time you have not completed the necessary requirements for our MSN program. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information

Did you take 42 credits of non nursing course work with a "C-" or better?

Have you completed at least 25 credits from the following courses?

-Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

-Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab

-Statistics

-Developmental Psychology or Child Psychology

-English Composition I

-English Composition II

-Microbiology w/lab

-Oral Communication

-Ethics

-Introduction to Psychology

-Introduction to Sociology

-Fine Arts Elective

-Humanities Elective

You can apply to our MENP program!  (Transferability of coursework is not guaranteed and is only official after review from our Admissions Advisor. It is recommended that you receive a transcript review from our Recruitment Team prior to submitting your application.)

At this time you have not completed the necessary requiremments. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

To apply, you'll need the following courses:

-Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

-College Chemistry w/lab

-Developmental Psychology

-English Composition I

-English Composition II

-Statistics

 

...and at least 10 additional credits from these general education classes:

 

-Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab

-Fine Art Elective

-Health, Medical, Bio, or Social Ethics

-Nutrition -Humanities Elective

-Introduction to Psychology

-Introduction to Sociology

-Microbiology w/lab

-Oral Communication

At this time you have not completed the necessary requiremments. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

Yes, you can apply to our BSN program! You have met the minimum qualifications to apply. (Transferability of coursework is not guaranteed and is only official after review from our Admissions Advisor. It is recommended that you receive a transcript review from our Recruitment Team prior to submitting your application.) Also, prior to beginning our Program you are required to complete any remaining prerequisites with a "C-" or higher.

You can apply to our RN to BSN program! (Transferability of coursework is not guaranteed and is only official after review from our Admissions Advisor. It is recommended that you receive a transcript review from our Recruitment Team prior to submitting your application.) Also, prior to beginning our program you are required to complete any remaining prerequisites with a "C-" or higher.

At this time you have not completed the necessary requirements for the RN to BSN program. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

At this time you have not completed the necessary requiremments. Please contact our Recruitment Office for more information.

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