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Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)
Introduction to the Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration
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.

For more information about the CNL program contact:


Terry L. Eggenberger, PhD, RN, CNE, CNL
Graduate Coordinator CNL Concentration
Phone:  561-297-2832
Email:  teggenbe@fau.edu


In keeping with Florida Atlantic University's philosophy as a distributed university, courses in the CNL program will be available on varying campuses with various modes of delivery. This may include live classes/weekend format classes/TV classes/web-assisted classes/ and/or on-line offerings. The first CNL role course will be offered using a blended online/live delivery method. Students will meet three (3) Saturdays on the Boca Raton campus with web-based course support. Remaining courses are offered online with the exception of the practicum.


Frequently Asked Questions about the CNL Role


Clinical Nurse Leader Curriculum
 
Course Information
Class
Credits
Graduate Core Courses (9 credits)
 
 
Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring
NGR6110
3
Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
NGR6811
3
Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice
NGR6812
3
Direct Care Core Courses (9 credits)
 
 
Advanced Nursing Situations: Health Assessment
NGR6002
2
Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: Health Assessment*
NGR6002L
1
Advanced Pathophysiology
NGR6141
3
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NGR6172
3
Electives (3 credits)
   
Introduction to Health Care Systems*
HSA6103
3
Concentration Courses (12 credits)
 
 
Clinical Informatics
NGR6871
3
Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: Introduction to the CNL Role
NGR6770
3
Advanced Nursing Situations: Perspectives in CNL
NGR6771
3
Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: CNL Practicum Seminar**
NGR6773
3

 

*This course is offered in the College of Business.
**This course includes a 400 hour practicum at a clinical partner site.

The CNL Concentration Courses are offered on a rotating basis. Planned course offerings:
Fall 2013 NGR 6771: Advanced Nursing Situations: Perspectives in Clinical Nurse Leadership Spring 2015
Fall 2014 NGR 6770: Advanced Nursing Situations: Introduction to the Clinical Nurse Leadership Role Spring 2016
Fall 2014 NGR 6773: Advanced Nursing Situations: CNL Practicum
(no practicum offered in the Summer)
Spring 2015


A breakdown of FAU Tuition and fees is located online:


Fee for Lab Courses
There is a $150.00/credit fee for the Advanced Health Assessment lab course. The purpose of the fee is to cover the higher cost of instruction for these courses due to lower faculty-student ratios and increasing use of simulation and standardized patients. 
 
The following course carries this fee: 
 
NGR 6002L - 1 credit, $150 fee


PMC Option

Applicants with an MSN seeking specialization in another 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. PMC applicants complete the Step 1 of the application process (FAU application)  and submit the supplementary application materials to student services via Karen Kasmer. (PMC Applicants do not submit supplementary materials through NursingCAS).

 

Once accepted, a gap analysis will be completed to determine the required courses for each student. Students must provide syllabi from other institutions for all transfer courses.  


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 (FAU and NursingCAS)  by published deadlines.  A minimum of 30 credit hours is required to earn a second MSN  degree from FAU. 

 

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

Core Courses Typically Completed in Concentrations at FAU*

*(Courses may vary by graduation year)


MSN CORE COURSES 

CREDITS

NGR 6110     Advanced Nursing Practice:  Grounded in Caring

3

NGR 6811     Philosophy & Theoretical Foundations  

                    of Advanced Nursing Practice Roles

3

NGR 6812     Nursing Research Evidence Based Practice

3

NGR 6891     Leadership , Policy and Finance: Advanced

                     Nursing Practice

3

MSN DIRECT CARE  CORE COURSES 

CREDITS

NGR 6002     Advanced Health Assessment

2

NGR 6002L  Advanced Health Assessment  Lab

1

NGR 6141     Advanced Pathophysiology

3

NGR 6172    Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics

3


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