Master of Science in Nursing for Clinical Nurse Leaders

The MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader prepares registered nurses to serve as clinical unit leaders and mentors, to oversee the care coordination of a distinct group of patients, and actively provide direct patient care. This clinician puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. This clinician also collects and evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. This clinician often functions as the leader of an interdisciplinary team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other health care professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners across and within various settings. Graduates are eligible for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam.

Entrance SemestersFall and Spring
Application DeadlinesMarch 1 (Fall) and November 1 (Spring)
Standardized Admission Test
Required LicensesCurrent California Registered Nurse license
Additional RequirementsBSN degree from an approved, accredited school
Currently employed in a health-care setting as a RN providing direct patient care
Basic computer literacy
Basic statistics course
Basic nutrition course
GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Completion of the University Application for the Master of Science in Nurisng (MSN) Program
One official transcript from each college or university attended
Three professional recommendations
Resume/CV
Interview (only qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview based on initial review of their application)
Evidence of specified immunizations and screening tests, a report of recent physical examination, and BLS certification if admitted into the program
International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission http://www.sandiego.edu/admissions/graduate/international/

 Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

This curriculum prepares registered nurses as generalists at the graduate level to improve patient care and patient bedside health care delivery.

MSN Core
MSNC 511Evidence Based Practice: Role of Theory and Research3
MSNC 512Influencing the Health Care Environment: Policy and Systems3
CNL Core
APNC 520Advanced Pathophysiology3
APNC 524Advanced Pharmacology3
MSNC 518Physical Assessment and Diagnosis for RNs4
CNL Emphasis
ENLC 556Management of Health Care System Quality Outcomes and Patient Safety3
ENLC 598Evidence-Based Practice Capstone3
HCIN 540Introduction to Health Care Information Management3
MSNC 534Clinical Nurse Leadership6