Dec 02, 2023  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Master’s Certificate

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This program is not admitting students at this time.

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:

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

First Semester - Fall

  • Nurs 558 Introduction to CNL for RNs 
  • Nurs 559 CNL Clinical Practicum:Microsystem Assessment (45 clinical hours)

Second Semester - Spring

  • Nurs 680 Advanced Pathophysiology for RNs                  
  • Nurs 602 Applying CNL Concepts for RNs (45 clinical hours)

Third Semester - Summer

  • Nurs 658 Advanced Clinical Pharmacology for RNs 
  • Nurs 756 Advanced Health Assessment for RNs 
  • NURS 859 Scholarly Project I (45 clinical hours)

Fourth Semester - Fall

  • Nurs 873 Leadership Practicum (135 clinical hours)
  • Nurs 861 Scholarly Project II (45 clinical hours)

Total: 20 credits / 315 clinical hours


  • A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.000.
  • Part-time study will require one day per week for classes.  Classes scheduled late afternoons and evenings.  Summer will likely be two evenings per week.

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