The Clinical Leadership (CL) track is a master’s level program of study that is built upon the competencies stated in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Working Paper on the Role of the Clinical Nurse Leader (Revised July 2007).
The CNL is prepared to practice in clinical leadership roles in settings throughout the health care delivery system. This individual assumes accountability for health care outcomes for a specific group of clients within a unit or setting. Utilizing research-based information, the CNL designs, implements and evaluates client plans of care. This individual, with expertise in nursing leadership, clinical outcome management and care environment management, is eligible to sit for the CNL certification examination which is administered by AACN. For additional information about the CNL role, consult the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Frequently Asked Questions on CNL.
The clinical leadership curriculum includes core courses that provide a foundation for advanced nursing practice and specialty courses that prepare the student to assume the role of a clinical nurse leader in a micro-system setting within the health care delivery system.
The Executive Leadership (EL) track is designed to prepare nurses for administrative roles in nursing and health care settings. The Executive Leadership track provides the knowledge and skills for roles as nurse managers, directors and other leadership across settings. Upon completion of the EL Track, the graduate will have the academic qualifications for certification as a nurse executive. Certification examinations given by either the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) or the American Organization of Nurse Executives Credentialing Center require appropriate employment experience to be eligible to take the certification exams.
The Nurse Educator certificate program covers teaching techniques specific to the nursing context and how to adapt them to different settings—such as public health classes, hospitals, and schools of nursing. You’ll hone your teaching skills by preparing, presenting and evaluating actual classes during a guided practicum, giving you valuable hands-on experience.
The Clinical Leadership (CL) Post-master's Certificate Program is designed for registered nurses who already hold a master’s degree in another nursing specialization and want to become eligible to take the CL certification exam. CL certification is offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC), an arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the recognized standard for clinical nursing knowledge.
To apply to the CL Certificate Program, students must hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Each applicant will be reviewed on an individual basis to determine which courses are necessary for the certificate based on previous coursework.
The RN to BSN online option is a Bachelor of Science degree awarded through the School of Nursing to currently licensed registered nurses who have completed an associate degree in nursing (ADN) from an accredited school of nursing. Designed for students who are seeking to expand their knowledge of nursing science, the program is grounded within a well-rounded liberal arts university education. Students in the RN to BSN online option may begin coursework in the fall, spring or summer semesters and can complete the program in as few as 4-5 semesters. Courses are 100% online, scheduled in seven-week blocks, and completed one at a time, with two courses offered per semester.
- NURS 343: Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice: Policy, Legal and Regulatory Issues in Nursing (3)
- NURS 345: Theoretical, Ethical, Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Care (3)
- NURS 384: Information Management and Technology for Patient Care (3)
- NURS 386: Scholarly Inquiry and Principles of Evidence Based Practice (3)
- NURS 443: Health Assessment (4)
- NURS 445: Global Health and Population Based Care (4)
- NURS 484: Nursing Collaboration and Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety (4)
- NURS 486: Capstone in Nursing Practice (4)
- PHIL 150: The Examined Life (3)
- RELST: One Religious Studies course of the student's choice (3)
NURS 343: Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice: Policy, Legal and Regulatory
Issues in Nursing (3)
Prerequisite: Acceptance into RN to BSN Online Program
This course expands student understanding of the concepts of nursing practice. The course explores the development of the profession of nursing, nursing as its own scientific discipline and nurses’ evolving roles. Within the context of professional nursing practice, health care delivery systems, environmental factors, social policies, access to and delivery of care will be explored. Concepts of health promotion, continuity of care, quality, safety, and use of community resources are discussed. The concepts of regulatory issues and policies governing the nursing profession are examined.
NURS 345: Theoretical, Ethical, Cultural and Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Care
*Prerequisites: NURS 343: Concepts of Professional Nursing Practice: Policy, Legal and Regulatory Issues in Nursing
This course provides the opportunity to examine the theoretical, ethical, cultural, legal and spiritual challenges presented by the contemporary world to the humanistic practice of professional nursing. The emphasis in this course is on internalizing a collegial model of interdisciplinary ethical dialogue, which integrates mutual caring, respect, and valuing of all health care professionals and the patients in their care. The search for meaning in the human experiences of life, illness, suffering, moral choices, and end of life issues are major components. Students will have an opportunity to use self-reflection on their own beliefs and values as they relate to professional practice.
NURS 384: Information Management and Technology for Patient Care (3)
*Prerequisites: NURS 345: Theoretical, Ethical, Cultural, Legal and Spiritual
Dimensions of Nursing Care This course will explore informatics, and examine nursing’s role in the use of healthcare technology. Emphasis includes protecting patient data. The student will identify, gather, process, evaluate, and manage information/data to support the ongoing quality and further improvement of patient care.
NURS 386: Scholarly Inquiry and Principles of Evidence Based Practice (3)
*Prerequisites: NURS 384: Information Management and Technology for Patient Care
This course focuses on the use of evidence based nursing practice processes as a foundation for professional nursing. The elements of and ethical dimensions of a research study are examined. This course promotes an appreciation of the role of the nurse researcher in the development and testing of clinical questions and interpreting evidence. Students will integrate relevant research findings with their clinical nursing practice to support making clinical judgments that enhance patient outcomes.
NURS 443: Health Assessment (4)
*Prerequisites: NURS 345: Theoretical, Ethical, Cultural, Legal and Spiritual
Dimensions of Nursing Care Anatomy and Physiology This course provides the student with the knowledge and skills necessary for holistic assessment of patients across the lifespan. This course will examine the principles and techniques of nursing assessment focusing on patient interviewing for history taking, review of systems, physical examination techniques, and documentation of the findings. Utilization of assessment findings in clinical decision making is discussed throughout the course.
NURS 445: Global Health and Population Based Care (4)
*Prerequisites: NURS 443: Holistic Health Assessment
This course provides the student opportunities to apply concepts of community, population and global health to patient care. Social determinants and unique perceptions of health and healthcare needs across settings are explored. Students will focus on primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of prevention, through collaboration with the community/public health nurse. Students will complete 70 hours of community health field experience.
NURS 484: Nursing Collaboration and Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety
*Prerequisites: NURS 445: Global Health and Population Based Nursing Care
This interdisciplinary course examines and analyzes the nurse leader/manager role in a variety of health care settings within the disciplines of nursing, business leadership and management. Emphasis is on managing resources including, personnel, information systems, quality management/improvement processes and budgetary allocations.
NURS 486: Capstone in Nursing Practice (4)
*Prerequisites: NURS 484: Nursing Collaboration and Leadership for Quality Care and Patient Safety
This final course in the RN to BSN option allows students to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the educational experience. Students will demonstrate competencies consistent with program outcomes. The planning and organizing of an independent learning experience will culminate with a capstone project reflecting academic, professional and personal growth.
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