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. To learn more about this exciting role, visit the International Clinical Nurse Leader Association's website.
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.
State restrictions may apply to some programs.
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.
- 2-day OCI (on campus intensive)
- In addition, students are required to attend an immersive on-campus simulation residency when beginning their practicum. The residency hours will count as part of the required 400 total practicum hours (24 practicum hours earned). The residency is offered each Fall Quarter.
*The nurse practitioner programs in the Division of Graduate Nursing at Drexel University provide students the flexibility of finding and coordinating their own clinical site and preceptor. The Division of Graduate Nursing offers students resources to assist in this process. Accessibility to clinical sites and preceptors varies from state to state. Students may be required to travel to access clinical sites/preceptors and achieve the necessary clinical hours. Pennsylvania RN licensure is required prior to the start of your clinical components if you will need to travel to Pennsylvania to complete your clinical. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.
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.
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Bachelor 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.
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. *Individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may apply to the RN-MSN Bridge program.
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 previous or current supervisors, managers, nursing faculty members or program directors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
- 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 Drexel Online MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader tuition page.
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