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Post Master's Certificate for Clinical Nurse Leader

The Post-Master’s Certificate for Clinical Nurse Leader is designed for a registered nurse who has earned a master’s degree in another nursing specialization and wishes to be eligible to take the CNL certification exam. To be granted the post-master’s certificate, students must complete a minimum of nineteen (19) credit hours in residency at Spring Hill College including 460 clinical integration hours.

Post-Master’s CNL students must successfully complete graduate didactic and clinical requirements of the Master’s CNL program. Required courses for the Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Master’s Certificate include:

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
NUR513Theoretical Foundations for Leadership3
NUR515Advanced Pharmacology*3
NUR516Advanced Health Assessment*
(40-hour clinical immersion experience)
3
NUR517Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice*3
NUR520Clinical Outcomes Management
(60-hour clinical immersion experience)
4
NUR521Care Environment Management
(60-hour clinical immersion experience)
4
NUR522Academic Clinical Residency
(300-hour clinical immersion experience)
6
NUR523The Clinical Nurse Leader Project2

*Indicates course may be transferred from previously earned master’s degree.

NUR514 – Applied Research and Evidence-Based Practice; NUR518 – Health Policy; and PHL501 – Ethics in Healthcare may also be part of the program of study for students who have not completed equivalent graduate-level coursework as part of a previous master’s degree.

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