Students taking an online course with a clinical component or practicum CANNOT do the clinical or practicum portion of the course within the state of Maryland at this time. If you are a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) you may complete a clinical or practicum in Virginia and Delaware which share in a Nurse Compact for Licensure with Maryland. Students who reside in Maryland may continue to take online courses at Drexel University, but they must do the clinical portion of the course in another state. If you have already made arrangements to do clinical in Maryland, please contact your Academic Advisor or Director of Clinical Education immediately to help you find a new clinical site. Drexel University is in the process of applying for a Certificate for Approval to Operate in Maryland.
The Drexel Online MSN Clinical Nurse Leader track prepares nurses for advanced clinical roles in a quickly changing, increasingly complex clinical care environment.
Graduates of this program are prepared to take on advanced generalist roles which incorporate advanced knowledge and skill, clinical expertise in an evidence-and-quality-driven context, accountability for outcomes of care, integration of health care services, and clinical leadership for the care of clients, who may be individuals or clinical populations such as those found on a clinical unit or in other settings.
This online master’s program emphasizes the development of competencies related to the use of technology, evidence-based practice, customization of care, health team and interdisciplinary leadership, and outcome and risk assessment.
What you’ll learn
Students have the opportunity to develop advanced competencies and depth of knowledge as clinical nurse leaders in adult health. The program emphasizes evidence-based approaches to the solution of clinical problems, assessment of nursing and health care outcomes, clinical decision-making and the design of nursing care for clinical populations at the clinical unit or similar small system level, lateral care integration, and clinically-based leadership.
Clinical practicum experiences provide opportunities for students to deepen clinical skills and develop additional competencies for the management of clients’ health care needs at the point-of-care. Clinical experiences will include activities such as modeling of care, assessment and evaluation of aggregate patient outcomes, case management and service integration, unit and interdisciplinary team leadership, teaching and mentoring of staff.
In this as well as other MSN tracks, students build upon the MSN core courses and then move into support courses and specialized coursework. The curriculum also permits students to enroll part-time by spreading the required clinical hours over three terms.
What makes the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader program unique?
- Prepares students for leadership roles in clinical care.
- Full-time or part-time options for study.
- You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and simulated health care scenarios.
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Visit the Compliance pages for more information.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by NLN and/or CCNE. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed. Applications from RNs with GPA < 3.0 may be considered on individual basis.
Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions required. Transcripts must be submitted in sealed envelope directly from colleges/universities.
- You must supply transcripts regardless of the number of credits earned or the type of school you attended.
- If you do not list all post-secondary institutions on your application and these appear on transcripts received from other institutions, your application will not be reviewed until you have submitted the remaining transcripts.
- Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions
Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. Recommendation letters must include address, phone number, and signature of recommender. The envelope must be submitted unopened.
- You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service
- If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.
Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement describing interest in MSN degree and particular specialty.
Admissions interview may be required
Copy of current U.S. Registered Nurse license required.
While specific experience not required, previous related work experience may make applicant more competitive.
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:
- a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
- a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.
Additional requirements can be found here
Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page on Drexel Central
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