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  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader


    The accredited online MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader program is designed to prepare nurses for an evolving advanced generalist role in the quickly changing, increasingly complex clinical care environment. The program 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. It also 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.

    Program Features

    • The master's degree in nursing at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Experienced and board certified faculty from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • A 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.**

    For questions, please contact:

    Redian Furxhiu
    Student Services Manager 

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    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    MSN Core Courses 
    INFO 526Information, Innovation & Technology in Advanced Nursing Practice3.0
    or NURS 544 Quality and Safety in Healthcare
    NURS 500Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
    NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
    RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
    RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
    Support Courses  
    NURS 548Advanced Pathophysiology3.0
    NURS 549Advanced Pharmacology3.0
    NURS 550Advanced Clinical Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning Across the Lifespan4.0
    NURS 564The Business of Healthcare3.0
    Track Courses  
    NURS 531Epidemiology in Action: Tracking Health & Disease3.0
    NURS 532Evaluation of Health Outcomes3.0
    NURS 602Foundations for Clinical Nurse Leader4.0
    NURS 603Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion I5.0
    NURS 604Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone Immersion II5.0
    Total Credits48.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program fully accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN/ACEN) or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN/CCNE)
      • RN's with a non-nursing bachelor's degree may need to complete a bridge course before starting the program
    • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or 3.25 or above on the last 60 credits of the BSN
    • A current, unrestricted United States RN license

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • 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
    • Personal statement (800 to 1,600 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:
      • Why you are choosing this particular track
      • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program, and
      • Your plans upon completing the degree
    • Resume including specific details of your responsibilities and job experiences
    • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $913 per credit. (A 10% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1014 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Additional Equipment/Lab Fees


    Academic Calendar

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    Apply today for the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader

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