Applying To Clinical Nurse Leader MSN Program

Admissions & Aid

Are you ready to apply? Find out here.

If you are a licensed RN with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and you would like to obtain your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), you’ve come to the right place. Sentara College of Health Sciences offers a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program that is part-time and online for your convenience. To find out if you can apply, follow the steps here.

Step 1: First off, are you a licensed RN?

To apply for the CNL Program, you must have an active, unencumbered RN license. If you are not a licensed RN, don’t worry; you may still be able to apply to the Master’s Entry to Nursing Practice MSN or the Traditional BSN programs.

Step 2: Do you have a BSN degree and these other requirements?

To be eligible to apply for the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN program, you must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited institution
  • Your undergraduate GPA must be 2.0 or better (on a 4.0 scale)
  • You must have taken and passed college-level statistics with a “C-” or better

Step 3: Submit your application and transcripts 

If you’ve met the minimum requirements above, then you’re ready to take the next step. Simply click here or anywhere you see Apply Now to submit your application.

Step 4: We take it from there

After you submit all of your application materials and transcripts, we’ll send you a confirmation note. If you’re accepted into the program, you will be notified by email. A required non-refundable fee of $135 will be due within two weeks of acceptance to hold your seat.

Need to have your transcripts reviewed?

For transcripts reviews, please join us for an academic planning and information session or you can send your transcripts to

Any transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be evaluated by a NACES approved organization first.

General Requirements

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required and you must be 18 years of age by the first day of class
  • Applicants should possess basic computer skills
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the USA

If English is your second language, see important information here.

Prospective applicants and students must demonstrate appropriate, responsible, respectful, and professional behavior/conduct throughout the entire admission process and in all interactions and communications with the College. The College reserves the right to deny admission or rescind acceptance to anyone who does not conduct themselves in this manner

Admissions Note

Sentara College of Health Sciences seeks to admit qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability, provided the applicant is qualified to perform the tasks necessary to meet the requirements of the Program with or without reasonable accommodation.

Important Information About Prerequisites

If you’d like to apply to the CNL Program, learn more about the requirements and prerequisites here to find out if you are eligible.

1) General education courses are not taught at Sentara College and must be taken at an institution accredited by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the Secretary of Education of the U.S. Department of Education.

2) General education/prerequisite courses will be evaluated and will be accepted only on evidence that the course content and instruction meets the requirements for the Sentara College program of interest.

3) Course descriptions, and/or syllabi may be requested by the College to evaluate general education/prerequisite course requirements.

4) You do not have to submit an application to have your transcripts reviewed. There is no obligation or charge for this service. Send transcripts to

5) Before registering for general education courses, consult with an admissions representative at Sentara College to ensure you are registering for the appropriate general education courses.

6) There is no expiration on general education/prerequisite courses.

7) Dual enrollment courses taken in high school are acceptable. Official college transcripts of these courses must be produced for review and acceptance.

8) Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II: Thomas Nelson Community College’s BIO145, 5 credit course, is not acceptable for Sentara College’s A&P I & II with lab requirement.

9) Each science general education course must reflect a minimum of 4 credits. Nursing admissions will review the course if it does not reflect the credit minimum.

10) Courses are considered on a course-by-course basis instead of an hour-by-hour basis with regard to the content of the course. For courses taken in quarter hours, the credits will be converted to semester hours with one quarter hour being equal to two-thirds of one semester hour.

11) Applicants requesting approval for general education or prerequisite credits from institutions outside of the United States must obtain a foreign transcript evaluation by an approved NACES agency and submit the NACES review to the College along with the foreign transcript.

General Education Course Equivalents at Select Colleges

Here you can find out which courses at local and online colleges will satisfy Sentara College’s general education prerequisites. These lists are intended as helpful quick reference guides only. Sentara College has no control over the curriculums of other schools, so the information may change. Your review of this information does not take the place of a transcript review from Sentara College. Other courses at these colleges may satisfy our general education course requirements. We will assist you with approval of general education courses that do not appear on the lists here.

Select your college to see which courses satisfy our general education prerequisites:

Please contact our Admissions Advisor at 757-388-3654 or by email at if your course, college, or university is not listed and you need assistance checking the transferability of a course.

General Education AP, CLEP, and DANTES Equivalents

Some general education courses may also be taken through Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, and DANTES exams.

  • AP courses with a score of 3 or better will be accepted.
  • Find out the transferability of CLEP, AP, DANTES, and IB tests here.
  • Our code for CLEP scores is 5504

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