Clinical Nurse Leader

Drexel University

Master Online
12 months
1026 USD/credit
1026 USD/credit
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The Clinical Nurse Leader program of Drexel University is for working nurses who want to grow their career. Today’s healthcare industry is changing, and with it, the advanced generalist role is evolving.


The Clinical Nurse Leader program of Drexel University  draws on areas from biostatistics and business to health promotion and quality assurance. It builds the clinical skills and knowledge needed at this point of direct patient care. This means understanding how to translate theory and research into actionable, ethical decisions in order to measure health outcomes, work on health teams, customize care, and more.


  • Graduates of Drexel’s online clinical nurse leader degree program may be eligible to sit for the national CNL exam through the Commission on Nurse Certification. The CNL® is a unique advanced generalist credential that recognizes certified Clinical Nurse Leaders.

  • In fact, graduates of our program have a 100% pass rate in the CNL exam. You’ll be able to work toward this goal without giving up your nursing career.
  • Our online format is perfect for busy nurses and is highly interactive. You’ll be challenged and engaged while learning from experienced and board-certified faculty from our acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments
  • Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care
  • Quality and Safety in Healthcare
  • Research Methods and Biostatistics
  • Evaluation and Translation of Health Research
  • Advanced Integrative Clinical Concepts

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Your BSN must be from an institution accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or the 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.
  • Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's may consider applying for the RN-BSN-MSN program to earn both a BSN and MSN concurrently, or apply to the RN to MSN Bridge Program.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • If your GPA is lower, you're still encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on your resume.
  • While specific clinical work and/or volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1026 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1026 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1026 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1026 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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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This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

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Clinical Nurse Leader
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