Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Graduate 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: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code:
29-1141
 

About the Program

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) oversees care coordination of a distinct group of patients, is a resources 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 community health promotion programs
  • Manage, develop therapeutic partnerships
  • Develop, monitor disease management programs promoting healthy lifestyles

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 describing interest in certificate program and particular specialty
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume
  • GPA of 2.75 or above on all previous coursework or last 60.0 credits completed

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.  

NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease3.0
NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes3.0
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
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
Student Services Manager
rf53@drexel.edu
267.359.5691

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

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