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Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Overview

The Clinical Nurse Leader track at Florida Atlantic University is a 33 credit program leading to a Master of Science degree in Nursing and qualifications to sit for a Clinical Nurse Leader certification examination. Courses are provided by the FAU colleges of Nursing and Business, both of which are nationally accredited colleges.

The Clinical Nurse Leader track curriculum is a 33 semester hour part-time program designed to be completed in six (6) semesters. At the completion of coursework students are required to complete a 400 hour practicum working as Clinical Nurse Leaders in clinical partner sites. Students will be assigned a preceptor who will mentor them throughout this portion of the curriculum and will also take a supporting practicum seminar course.

Preceptor and practicum/clinical site decisions are determined in collaboration between faculty and students. Every effort is made to accommodate the practicum/clinical needs of students in various geographic locations.

FAU is authorized to offer online nursing programs in many states. Individual state authorization status is available online at If you are a resident of a state in which FAU is not currently authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction, please contact us to discuss program options.

Second MSN Degree Option

Applicants that have a MSN degree seeking specialization in another concentration requiring 30 credits or more to complete required courses in the new concentration should consider applying for a second MSN degree.  Second MSN degree applicants  should complete Step 1 and Step 2 of the application process by published deadlines.  A minimum of 30 credit hours is required to earn a second MSN  degree from FAU. 

Once accepted, a gap analysis will be completed to determine each student’s plan of study. Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses. 

PMC Option

Applicants with an MSN in a NP concentration seeking specialization in another NP concentration requiring less than 30 credit hours should consider applying for a Post Master’s Certificate (PMC).  

PMC applicants may be considered for a fall or spring admission and are accepted on a space available basis.

  1. PMC applicants submit a preliminary application along with a copy of all official academic transcripts, a current RN license, one (1) letter of recommendation, a statement of philosophy, and a current CV.
  2.  Once the College of Nursing reviews the preliminary application, applicants will be notified to complete the online non-degree FAU application.

Once applicant has been accepted into a concentration, a gap analysis will be completed to determine the required courses for each student. Based upon the gap analysis PMC applicants may be considered for a fall or spring admission and are accepted on a space available basis based on a space available bases and gap analysis and entry date will be determined.  Students must provide syllabi and/or course descriptions from other institutions for all transfer courses. Fall or spring admission may be considered.

MSN Open House 

Academic Coordinator Graduate Coordinator CNL Concentration 

Valentine Etienne

Terry L. Eggenberger, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, CNE, CNL 

777 Glades Rd.

Boca Raton, FL  33431

777 Glades Rd

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: 561-297-3261

Phone: 561-297-2832

Fax: 561-297-3652





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