Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Graduate Certificate

Students who have previously graduated with a Masters of Science in Nursing degree can earn a Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Graduate Certificate at Grand View University. You will automatically receive credit for the Teaching/Learning course and the Leadership and Management course, thus reducing the total credits to 13 credits for the certificate. Students who have the MSN conferred from another nursing program will have their transcripts evaluated individually by the graduate nursing faculty to determine course credit transfers.

Post-Graduate Clinical Nurse Leader Courses

Course Credits
Advanced Nursing Situation: Clinical Prevention and Population Focused Practice 4 credits (includes 50 hour practicum)
Advanced Nursing Situation: Management of Clinical Outcomes 4 credits (includes 50 hour practicum)
CNL Immersion 5 credits (includes 300 hour practicum)
Total Number of Credits 13 credits

Admissions Process

  1. Apply now and be sure to indicate the certificate for which you want to apply – Clinical Nurse Leader or Nursing Education.
  2. Submit your application and send MSN/DNP official transcript to the Admissions office.

Graduate nursing faculty will complete an evaluation and make recommendations regarding transfer of courses/credit.

Admission Criteria

  • Valid registered nurse license in state where clinical experiences are performed
  • GPA ≥ 3.0 in MSN or DNP Degree (from an NLN or CCNE accredited program in nursing)
  • Complete online application
  • Spring or fall admission

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Provide clinical leadership for patient-care practices and delivery, including the design, coordination, and evaluation of care for individuals, families, groups, and populations.
  • Participate in identification and collection of care outcomes.
  • Evaluate and improve point-of-care outcomes, including the synthesis of data and other evidence to evaluate and achieve optimal outcomes.
  • Initiate risk anticipation for individuals and cohorts of patients.
  • Perform lateral integration of care for individuals and cohorts of patients.
  • Design and implement evidence-based practice(s).
  • Provide team leadership, management and collaboration with other health professional team members.
  • Information management or the use of information systems and technologies to improve healthcare outcomes.
  • Stewardship and leveraging of human, environmental, and material resources; and,
  • Advocacy for patients, communities, and the health professional team.

Following completion of the CNL certificate program, students are eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Examination.


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