Jan 26, 2022  
2014-2015 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Georgia Regents University Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing with a major in Clinical Nurse Leader (Prelicensure)

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About the Program

The Clinical Nurse Leader Program (CNL) prepares nurses to be clinical leaders with the skills to thrive in the current and future health care system while striving to improve client outcomes and reduce health care costs. The program is a second-degree, accelerated nursing program integrating didactic and clinical instruction for individuals with a baccalaureate or higher degree in a non-nursing field.

Students are prepared for the registered nurse licensure examination and graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The CNL is a generalist (not an advanced-practice nurse) with nursing knowledge, comprehension of the infrastructure of the health care system, clinical decision-making skills, resource management strategies and the ability to manage complex information.

The CNL program has partnered with several healthcare institutions to support the program’s educational efforts and provide possible career opportunities following graduation. The program and partnerships will enhance the role development of the CNL through the engagement of highly skilled clinicians, outcomes-based practice and quality improvement strategies while providing high-quality patient care in the surrounding communities throughout Georgia.

The goals of the Clinical Nurse Leader program are to prepare graduates to:

  • Provide optimal patient and family centered care that is evidence-based, applied across diverse settings and throughout the life span
  • Create and sustain environments for clinical excellence in patient safety and quality outcomes
  • Serve as leaders and partners in interdisciplinary healthcare teams
  • Become effective decision makers using information systems and technology

For more information call 706-721-9767 or visit http://www.gru.edu/nursing/.

Career Opportunities

Primary employment is in a hospital or healthcare facility.

Salary Information

Salaries for CNLs vary based on regions or states. Average starting salaries range from $45,000 to $60,000. Salaries for experiences nurse staff can exceed $60,000.


The CNL Program has been fully approved by the Georgia Board of Regents and the Georgia Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Technical Requirements

Computer literacy - A laptop is required upon enrollment. See minimum laptop specifications on the http://www.gru.edu/nursing/laptop_requirement.php. A working knowledge of word processing, presentation, and data spreadsheet software is highly recommended.

Admission Requirements

Please see the Office of Academic Admissions website for specific admissions information:


Estimated Tuition and Fees

For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Financial Information   section of this catalog.