Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Master's Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 30.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:
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About the Program

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) oversees care coordination of a distinct group of patients, is a resource for clinical decision making, and serves as a lateral integrator of care. This clinical leader puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. The CNL collects and evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. This clinician functions as part of an interdisciplinary team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other health care professionals including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, therapists, clinical nurse specialists, and nurse practitioners. The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system across all setting in which health care is delivered.

Students in this certificate program have the opportunity to learn about healthcare management, policy and quality improvement at the point of care with individuals seeking health care, while obtaining knowledge of healthcare systems, finance and economics. In addition, students will be given the opportunity to learn about advanced clinical assessment, pathophysiology, and advanced pharmacology, if not taken as part of their original MSN.

Students will also learn about designing and redesigning client care based on evidence-based knowledge and analysis of outcomes, as well as gain knowledge of healthcare reimbursement and issues in planning care across the lifespan, as well as the following:

  • Application of tools for risk analysis
  • Utilize epidemiological methodology to collect data and knowledge acquisition in planning quality improvement programs
  • Manage and develop therapeutic partnerships
  • Develop, monitor disease management programs to support improved outcomes

Admission Requirements

  • Masters degree (MSN) from a program fully accredited by NLN and/or CCNE
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the followings:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework
  • One professional letter of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.

TOEFL Requirements

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and US permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing. and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • If you take the TOEFL, you must have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

The 3 P’s (Advanced Pharm, Advanced Pathophysiology and Advanced Clinical Physical Assessment) may be waived if taken within 5 years.  

Program Requirements

NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease3.0
NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes3.0
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 602Foundations for Clinical Nurse Leader4.0
NURS 603Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion I5.0
NURS 604Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion II5.0
Total Credits30.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Senior Academic Advisor

Additional information is also available on the Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader web page and on the Drexel University Online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader web page.

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