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2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2010-2011 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Clinical Nurse Leader (for licensed RN)

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About the Program

The Clinical Nurse Leader Program prepares nurses to be clinical leaders with the skills to thrive in the current and future healthcare system while striving to improve client outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. The program is an accelerated online nursing program for individuals with an associate degree/diploma from an accredited RN program.

A CNL is a nurse who will graduate with a Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN). The CNL graduate is considered a generalist (not an advanced practice nurse) and will possess nursing knowledge, comprehension of the infrastructure of the healthcare system, clinical decision-making skills, resource management strategies, and the ability to manage complex information.

Goals of the program are to prepare graduates to:

  • Provide optimal patient and family centered care
  • 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

For more information, call 706-721-9767, or visit

Career Opportunities


The CNL graduate is considered a generalist and often finds a role as a staff nurse, case manager, or change nurse. The primary focus of the Clinical Nurse Leader role is on managing care plans and care delivery to improve patient outcomes. CNLs often serve as the point person on patient care teams and are leaders in the healthcare delivery system across all settings in which healthcare is delivered.

Salary Information


Salaries for CNLs vary based on regions or states. Average starting salaries range from $45,000 to $60,000. Salaries for experienced staff nurses can exceed $60,000, while directors of nursing can earn in excess of $100,000 nationally.



The CNL program has been fully approved by the Georgia Board of Regents and the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Admission Requirements

Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs (please visit the Office of Admissions website for fee information:

Application Deadlines:  December 1st ‐ SUMMER (MAY) entry
Note: Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space‐available basis.

Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Minimum Degree Requirement and Official Transcripts: Associate degree/diploma from an accredited program.

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended, including transcripts for any courses currently in progress. Transcripts from international colleges/universities must have an official course-by-course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents.

Official transcripts should be sent to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admission as part of your “Admissions Packet.” To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed, and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, transcripts can be mailed to GHSU’s Office of Academic Admissions directly from the Registrar’s Office of the issuing institution

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course‐by‐course evaluation based on official transcripts and documents is required for all foreign educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE). Official evaluations based on unofficial transcripts, documents, or copies will not satisfy this requirement.

References: Recommendations from three individuals are required. Referees should be individuals (usually college professors) qualified to critically assess the applicants prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience and qualifications (as applicable) as well as the applicants potential as a graduate student in the field/program selected.

Graduate reference forms and letters can be submitted online only. Applicants list names and provide information for three individuals as references during the online application process. Once the application is submitted, each referee will receive an email directing them to complete the online reference form. The completed reference form will then be forwarded to the Office of Academic Admissions via the online application system, CollegeNet. An applicant wishing to change a reference letter after the application has been submitted must log into his/her CollegeNet account and change the name and contact information for the reference.

GRE Requirement: Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 900. Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required). All official GRE scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code. Millers Analogy Test (MAT) exam scores with a minimum score of 400 will be accepted in place of GRE exam scores; test must be taken within the last 5 years.

All official MAT scores must be submitted to GHSU’s OAA directly from Pearson Education, Inc. The institution code for submission of MAT scores to GHSU is 1108. Please do not select a department code.

TOEFL Exam Scores: Minimum score of 550 paper‐based, 213 computer based, or 79 internet based.

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to GHSU is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.

Program Specific Requirements

Pre‐requisite course work:

  • Completion of core requirements (courses) for admission to the BSN program with a minimum grade of C or better in each course
  • Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits), completed within the last 10 years
  • Microbiology (3 credits) completed within the last 10 years
  • Statistics (3 credits)

Personal Interview: Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

Resume or CV

Experience: One year employment as an RN is required prior to starting the clinical courses.

Licensed by or eligible for licensure by the Georgia Board of Nursing as an RN.

Standard, as part of the application/supplement form and an additional essay that addresses professional goals that will be met by the CNL degree and impact the CNL can have on care delivery

Admissions Recommendations

No additional recommendations

While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with GHSU’s Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.

How To Apply

Apply online at by December 1 for Summer entry.

For more information on this program, visit

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building-Administration
Georgia Health Sciences University
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Telephone: 706-721-2725
Toll-free: 800-519-3388
Fax: 706-721-7279

Estimated Tuition and Fees

 For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees  section of this catalog.

Clinical Nurse Leader Program Curriculum Full Time Option

Clinical Nurse Leader Program Curriculum Part-Time Option

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