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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.
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 http://fauelearning.com/fauonline/state-authorization/. 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.
For more information about the CNL program contact:
Frequently Asked Questions about the CNL Role
Clinical Nurse Leader Curriculum
*This course is offered in the College of Business.
**This course includes a 400 hour practicum at a clinical partner site.
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
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)