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Master of Science degree in Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN – Online

Effective spring 2019, we are no longer accepting applications for the Clinical Nurse Leader concentration

The Clinical Nurse Leader or CNL® is a master’s educated nurse, prepared for practice across the continuum of care within any healthcare setting. The CNL was developed by AACN in collaboration with leaders from healthcare practice and education to address the critical need to improve the quality of patient care outcomes. The Clinical Nurse Leader track at Florida Atlantic University is a 33 credit program leading to a Master of Science degree in Nursing and qualifies the graduate to sit for the 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 is a part-time program designed to be completed in seven (7) semesters. At the completion of coursework students are required to complete a 400 hour practicum under the guidance of a master’s prepared preceptor and the concentration faculty that can be completed in their place of employment.



The CNL is a clinical leader - at the point of care – who focuses on:

  • Care Coordination
  • Outcomes Measurement
  • Transitions of Care
  • Interprofessional Communication & Team Leadership
  • Risk Assessment
  • Implementation of Best Practices Based on Evidence
  • Quality Improvement

Sample Careers: 

  • Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Quality Management
  • Nurse Navigator
  • Community Health Educator
  • Staff Development Educator
  • Emergency Room Nurse

High salaries. According to the  U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics the median level for nurse practitioner was $99,730 per year in 2018.


Online Curriculum

Courses Course No. Credits
Graduate Core Courses (9 credits)    
Advanced Nursing Practice Grounded in Caring NGR 6110 3
Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Nursing NGR 6811 3
Nursing Research & Evidence Based Practice NGR 6812 3
Direct Care Core Courses (9 credits)    
Advanced Nursing Situations: Health Advanced  NGR 6002 2
Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: Health Assessment* NGR 6002L 1
Advanced Pathophysiology NGR 6141 3
Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics  NGR 6172 3
Electives (3 credits)    
Introduction to Health Care Systems*   HSA 6103 3
Concentration Courses (12 credits)    
Clinical Informatics NGR 6871 3
Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: Introduction to the CNL Role NGR 6770 3
Advanced Nursing Situations: Perspectives in CNL NGR 6771 3
Advanced Nursing Situations in Practice: CNL Practicum Seminar** NGR 6773 3

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

Degree Details
College College of Nursing
Degree type MSN
- In State (FL) $371.82
- Out of State (FL) $1,026.81
Credits needed to graduate  33
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* cost per credit and total cost are calculated using tuition per credit and associated fees for the current academic year. It does not include course materials, textbook expenses, and other potential expenses related to individual courses. See academic calendar for our quarter term schedule.


Academic  Advisor Graduate Coordinator CNL Concentration 

Gerardo Guzman

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

777 Glades Rd.

Boca Raton, FL  33431

777 Glades Rd

Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone: 561-297-0006

Phone: 561-297-2832

Fax: 561-297-3652