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Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Masters Certificate

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's Certificate
Number of Credits to Completion: 30.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Financial Aid Eligibility: Eligible
**This program is not currently accepting applications from students living in Iowa, Louisiana, or Wisconsin.



Drexel University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Drexel University to offer field placement components for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

**Drexel University is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in Washington State for MSN/Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN/Clinical Trials Research, MSN/Leadership in Health Systems Management, MSN/Nurse Educator and Faculty Role, MSN/Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP, MSN/Adult Gerontology Primary Care NP, MSN/Family Individual Across the Lifespan NP, MSN/Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care & Pediatric Acute Care NP, MSN/Pediatric Primary Care NP, MSN/Psychiatric Mental Health NP, and MSN/Women’s Health Gender Related NP programs. For more information, go to the following website.


Students living in North Carolina may be admitted to the program, however cannot complete their clinical practicum requirements in the state of North Carolina. Clinicals may be completed in a neighboring state.


Drexel's online Clinical Nurse Leader Post-Masters Certificate is designed to prepare nurses for an evolving systems specialist role which incorporates 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. This post-masters clinical nurse leader certificate 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 will students learn?

  • Apply tools for risk analysis
  • Design and redesign client care based on evidence-based knowledge and analysis of outcomes
  • Develop and monitor disease management programs promoting healthy lifestyles
  • Manage and develop therapeutic partnerships
  • Understand health care reimbursement, issues in planning care across the lifespan, and financial and economic considerations
  • Utilize epidemiological methodology to collect data and knowledge acquisition in planning community health promotion programs

Program Features

  • Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)*
  • Experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
  • Highly-interactive online learning method that challenges and engages students while remaining convenient for working nurses
  • Flexible scheduling of clinical practicum in a variety of settings

Clinical Practicum

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. Precepted 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.**


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.

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Nursing 

Master of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN.) The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE. GPA of 2.7 or above on all previous coursework.

Standardized Tests:


  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
  • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
  • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions

OCI requirement with practicum component. OCI is held one in Fall Quarter.

Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former nursing faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study. References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.*

*Students with a 3.0 GPA or higher are not required to submit letters of recommendation.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:

  • Why you are choosing this particular post master’s certificate
  • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Your plans upon completing the certificate

Not required.

Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences.

A copy of your current, unrestricted RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse.

Clinical Work/VolunteerExperience:

International Students:
Additional requirements for International Students.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Tuition and Fee Rates page

Application Link (if outside organization):

August 22, 2022


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