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Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Master's Emphasis (UW Oshkosh)


This 37-credit master's degree in nursing CNL emphasis prepares students for advanced nursing roles in varied healthcare settings. Theory courses are 100% online. Clinical practica experiences are arranged using students' preferences in collaboration with cooperating healthcare agencies. Students meet end-of-program CNL competencies set by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the AACN Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing. Graduates are eligible to take the CNL Certification Exam.

The Curriculum

Core Master's Courses

  • 700 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  • 701 Research in Nursing (3)
  • 702 Health Care Systems Policy & Politics (2)
  • 703 Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing (2)
  • 704 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)
  • 707 Epidemiology (2)
  • 708 Ethics (2)
  • 709 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurses (3)
  • 719 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing (3)

CNL Specialty Courses

  • 761 CNL Practicum I (2) (minimum 112 hours)
  • 763 Quality in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role (3)
  • 757 CNL Practicum II (2) (minimum 112 hours)
  • 762 Leadership in the CNL Role (2)
  • 759 CNL Immersion Practicum (5) (minimum 300 hours)

Total Credits for completion: 37

Admission Requirements

  1. Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program;
  2. Current licensure as a registered nurse;
  3. 3.0 undergraduate GPA;
  4. Undergraduate statistics course (at least 3 credits) that includes descriptive and inferential statistics taken within the last 5 years (grade of B or higher);
  5. Three professional letters of reference;
  6. Application to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Office of Graduate Studies and the CON supplementary application;
  7. Oral interview

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Degree-granting Institution

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

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