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Online MSN Program: Clinical Nurse Leader

Specialize in Clinical Nurse Leadership

Small Class Sizes

Affordable Tuition

No On-Campus Residency

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  • Duration 1 year
  • Cost per Credit $399
  • Credit Hours 36

Program Benefits

  • Spring, summer and fall start dates
  • Experiential learning through coursework
  • Small classes and personalized attention
  • Pending CCNE and SACSCOC accreditation for the online program

Develop Your Leadership Skills as a Clinical Nurse Leader

A Master of Science in Nursing degree in the Clinical Nurse Leader track will prepare you to take the CNL certification exam and transition into a leadership role by equipping you with effective communication skills, an enhanced problem solving ability and an understanding of organizational leadership.

Pursuing this track will help you advance in our career. The average clinical nurse specialist earns an average salary of $91,301 per year.1


1 year

36 credits

Develop High-Level Leadership Skills

If you graduate with an MSN degree in the Executive Leadership track, you will be positioned to influence policy and steer big-picture thinking in your workplace. You will come away with the necessary administrative skills to oversee complex health care organizations.

This course provides an examination of theoretical models of nursing and leadership along with selected theoretical frameworks for understanding role development, organizational behavior, decision-making and conflict resolution in the health care environment.

This course will delve into the quality and safety issues facing healthcare today. QSEN goals and objectives will be utilized so that the student has an in-depth knowledge facing nursing leaders in health care. This course includes a 45-contact-hour clinical integration experience.

This course incorporates the study of management principles and practices with the analysis of human behavior within organizations. Students will learn advanced behavioral science theories and assess how they integrate with management theories resulting in effectiveness, efficiency and human resource development within organizations.

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Chief Nursing Executive2 $156,903 per year

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1 year

36 credits

Prepare the Next Generation of Nurses

Graduates of the MSN degree in the Nursing Education track go through a curriculum that combines a core of advanced nursing courses with specialty courses in education, which address current health care issues. You will play an integral role in the future of nursing by sharpening your skills and sharing your passion for patient care with the next generation of nurses.

In this course, the student will examine multiple educational theories. The student critiques the components of the theories and explores the value and contributions of the theories to nursing, advanced nursing, and evidence-based practice. The student will show how to apply the theories in education with clients and their families.

In this course, the student focuses on the processes of curriculum development. Traditional and advanced program development applied to various educational environments are examined. Students in this course learn the theoretical foundations that address curriculum development, assessment and evaluation. They also focus on portions of the curriculum, which include social, professional and educational trends that affect nursing education curriculum.

In this course, the student explores how to plan instruction on a nursing topic, creating and adapting meaningful lessons and assessment/evaluation strategies for multiple learning environments and learner characteristics. The student will consider the diverse learning needs and ethical considerations of various learner groups (e.g., vulnerable populations, clients with disparities, nursing students, staff and patients/caregivers). Students also examine how to effectively integrate technology tools and develop lessons encompassing those needs. Students will explore evaluation strategies and related outcome measurements and how technology can assist. This course includes a 45-contact-hour clinical integration experience.

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Nurse Educator3 $76,591 per year

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Answers To Common Questions

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You can earn your Master of Science in Nursing in as little as 12 months based on the number of transfer credits you have approved and whether you are enrolled as a full-time student.

Total estimated total tuition is $14,364, not including other costs.

Spring Hill College is accredited by the SACSCOC and is seeking Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation for the online MSN.

Yes, you can choose from three career tracks: clinical nurse leadership, nursing education and executive leadership.

You will be prepared to take the CNL or nurse educator exam, both of which are national tests.