24 months
470 USD/credit 8460 USD/year
470 USD/credit 8460 USD/year
470 USD/credit 8460 USD/year
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SDSU helps nurses exceed current standards of healthcare excellence. With innovative education and job placement for our graduates, the Master’s in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader (online) at South Dakota State University offers several options for taking your nursing career to new, meaningful places.

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The Clinical Nurse Leader Specialization equips you to oversee coordination of nursing care and provide evidence-based practice in any health care setting. Your graduate degree will give you opportunities to work with an interprofessional team to implement best practices that improve the quality of patient care outcomes.

This Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader (online)  at South Dakota State University  will be a good fit if you:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in Nursing
  • Like to collaborate in an interprofessional role
  • Have strong communication skills
  • Are interested in safety and quality improvement in healthcare
  • Are interested in serving as a resource for nursing and overseeing the coordination of care

Career Opportunities

  • Acute care/inpatient
  • Home care
  • Long term care
  • Clinics
  • Nursing education
  • Community/public health
  • Hospice
  • Rural health care

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Foundations of Advanced Nursing 
  • Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan - Application to Advanced Practice Nursing 
  •  Research in Nursing and Health Care 
  • Advanced Assessment Across the Lifespan for the CNL/Nurse Educator 
  •  CNL I: Improvement Science: A Microsystem Approach
  • CNL II: Clinical Immersion and Capstone Project 
  • Health Policy, Legislation, Economics and Ethics

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • International students are encouraged to apply several weeks prior to posted deadlines or the start of the semester to ensure all required documents are received.


36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 to receive unconditional admission. 
  • A professional academic transcript evaluation for degrees earned outside the United States(This requirement cannot be waived unless your highest degree was earned or will be earned in the U.S. prior to enrollment at SDSU).
    • If you are completing your bachelor's degree at the time of application, you may submit an incomplete evaluation. If you are accepted, a complete transcript and/or evaluation with completed degree will be required by the end of your first semester of coursework.
  • Official U.S. transcripts where a degree is earned (or will be earned), and official U.S. transcripts where graduate level coursework has been taken.

Work experience

  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to the first clinical lab or within the first program year.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 470 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    8460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 470 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    8460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 470 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • Online tuition fees: $470.45 per credit


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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