Jun 25, 2019  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Master’s Certificate

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This certificate program is designed for the registered nurse with an earned master’s degree in nursing who wants to add the certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). This program will prepare registered nurses to assume roles as advanced generalists who deliver nursing care at the point of care. This role, the Clinical Nurse Leader, is a national initiative developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in 2004 to address fragmentation in health care delivery. The CNL role is a proactive, integrative and comprehensive role that assists direct care providers in bringing the best of health care science and practice to the point of care.

Specifically this program will allow those nurses with an earned master’s degree:

  1. To complete coursework required for the CNL
  2. To take the CNL certification exam
  3. To receive documentation of the work on an official Xavier University academic transcript.


Clinical Nurse Leader Track Objectives

  • Apply the art and science of nursing to the role of the clinical nurse leader at the point of care;
  • Communicate effectively across health care disciplines;
  • Ensure quality and safety in health care delivery;
  • Implement and coordinate the best practice at the point of care and across settings;
  • Integrate knowledge of nursing theory, research, epidemiology, informatics, ethics, health care policy, economics, healthcare finances and leadership into the management of healthcare delivery.

Admission Requirements: www.xavier.edu/msn/Admission-Post-Masters.cfm






Requirements for Post Master’s Certificate in Clinical Nurse Leader:

  • NURS 558 - Introduction to CNL for RNs
  • NURS 602 - Applying CNL Concepts to RNs
  • NURS 658 - Advanced Clinical Pharmacology
  • NURS 680 - Adv. Pathophysiology for RNs
  • NURS 756 - Advanced Health Assessment RN
  • NURS 559 - CNL Practicum Micro Sys Assess
  • NURS 603 - Microsystem Intervention Practicum
  • NURS 855 - CNL Leadership for Quality*
  • NURS 859 - Leadership Practicum


  • A total of 23 credit hours is required, with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.000.

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