MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration

Major: Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 48.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3801
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 29-1141

About the Program

The MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track is designed to prepare nurses for an evolving advanced generalist role which incorporates advanced knowledge, skill, and clinical expertise in an evidence-and-quality-driven context. The CNL oversees care coordination of a distinct group of patients, is a resource for clinical decision making, and serves as 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, assess 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 settings in which health care is delivered. The program emphasizes the development of competencies related to the use of technology, evidence-based practice, customization of care, health team and interdisciplinary leadership, and outcome and risk assessment.

This online masters program prepares nurses to function effectively in a quickly changing, increasingly complex clinical care environment. Students have the opportunity to develop advanced competencies and depth of knowledge as clinical nurse leaders. The program emphasizes evidence-based approaches to solve clinical problems, assessment and evaluation of nursing and health care outcomes, clinical decision-making, lateral care integration, clinically-based leadership and the design of nursing care for clinical populations at the clinical unit or similar small system level.

Clinical practicum experiences include development and management of a data driven project which provides opportunities for students to deepen evidenced base practice competencies in the management of clients’ health care needs at the point-of-care. Precepted clinical experiences will include activities such as modeling of care, assessment and evaluation of aggregate patient outcomes, case management and service integration, unit and interdisciplinary team leadership, as well as teaching and mentoring of staff.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Senior Academic Advisor
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 the Drexel University Online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader web page.

Admission Requirements

  • BSN from a program fully accredited by NLN and or CCNE.
  • 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or the last 60 credits completed. Applications from RN’s with GPA < 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions are required.
  • Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant’s knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
    • Letters of Recommendations are waived for students with a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • 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.
  • Copy of Current US RN license required.
  • Copies of any Advanced Practice Nursing Licensure and Certification Documents.
  • While specific experience is not required for applicants to the track, previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

International applicants must possess a BSN (or its equivalent) and current US RN license.

TOEFL Requirement

International Applicants, as well as Immigrants to the US and US Permanent Residents, whose native language is not English, and who have not received a Bachelor’s degree or higher in the US, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, and must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. US citizens born on US 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 are required to 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 are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Senior Academic Advisor
rf53@drexel.edu
267-359-5691

Additional information is also available on Drexel University'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.

Degree Requirements 

MSN Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Support Courses
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
Track Courses
NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease3.0
NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes3.0
NURS 602Foundations for Clinical Nurse Leader4.0
NURS 603Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion I5.0
NURS 604Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion II5.0
Total Credits48.0

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 MSN Clinical Nurse Leader web page.

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
NURS 550Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning 4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 7
Off 
 Term Credits0.0
Term 8
Off 
 Term Credits0.0
Term 9
NURS 602Foundations for Clinical Nurse Leader4.0
 Term Credits4.0
Term 10
NURS 603Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion I5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Term 11
NURS 604Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion II5.0
 Term Credits5.0
Total Credit: 48.0

Advanced Role MSN Faculty

Rita Adeniran, DrNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN. Assistant Clinical Professor. Build and integrate culturally sensitivity knowledge, principles, and solutions to advance equity, eliminate disparities, and develop leaders from traditionally underrepresented groups.
Katherine Kaby Anselmi, PhD, JD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Health Policy, Health Law, Family Law, Women's Health, Reproductive Health, Domestic Violence/Inter-intra Personal Violence
Diane DePew, DSN, RN-BC (University of Alabama, Birmingham). Assistant Clinical Professor. Evaluation, competency, test development and item writing, continuing education, accreditation, educational design, leadership management.
Jill Derstine, EdD, RN, FAAN (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing education and rehabilitation nursing.
Kathryn Farrell, MSN, RN (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Patient safety, performance improvement, nursing education, patient experience, staff engagement, patient experience, falls reduction
Marcia Gamaly, RN-BC, MSN, MHA, CEN, CBN, PCCN (Drexel University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Nursing education, bias in nursing, online teaching modalities on obesity bias
Robert LaPointe, MSN, RN, CNL, CCRN (Seton Hall University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical nurse leader, critical care, quality management, implementation and complexity science, academic-practice collaborative
Marylou K. McHugh, EdD, DNE, RN (Teachers College; Columbia University) Track Coordinator, Nursing Education and Faculty Role MSN Track. Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing
Robert J. Mele, DPM (Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine). Assistant Professor. Physiology, pathophysiology.
Jackie Murphy, MSN, BSN, ASN (Drexel University) Interim Chair, MSN Advanced Role Department. Assistant Clinical Professor. Pediatric nursing, nursing education, online learning
Alice Marie Poyss, PhD, CNL, APRN-BC (University of Pennsylvania). Associate Clinical Professor. Nursing intervention/outcome studies and nursing treatment/outcome studies; program evaluation, and effects of alternate teaching styles with student learning.
Leland Rockstraw, PhD, RN (Drexel University). Clinical Professor. Adult orthopedic/surgical, emergency care, critical care, and trauma/surgery intensive care.
Al Rundio, PhD, DNP, RN, APRN, CARN-AP, NEA-BC, FNAP, FIAAN, FAAN. Clinical Professor. Nursing and Health Care Administration, Adult Acute and Primary Care, Addictions Nursing, Infection Control/Infectious Diseases
Joanne Serembus, EdD, RN, CCRN (Alumnus), CNE (Widener University). Associate Clinical Professor. Critical care nursing, adult health nursing, nursing education, curriculum development and patient safety.
Kay Swartzwelder, PhD, MSN, CRNP-BC, CNE. Assistant Clinical Professor. How students learn with a focus on student/faculty engagement, generational learning, learning styles, and personality types.
Virginia Wilson, RN, MSN, NEA-BC, NE-BC (Widener University) Director, Innovation and Intra/Entrepreneurship MSN Program. Clinical Assistant Professor. Leadership development and succession planning in healthcare organizations for nursing executives and leaders
Janet Zimmerman, MSN, BSN (University of Colorado). Assistant Clinical Professor. Clinical trials for FDA-regulated medical products, good clinical practice, evidence-based roles for RNs in the clinical trials process.
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