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Postgraduate Certificate Online

Clinical Nurse Leader (online)

South Dakota State University

466 USD/credit
466 USD/credit
466 USD/credit
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The Post-Graduate Clinical Nurse Leader (online) course at South Dakota State University  is focused on integrating the vital work of Clinical Nurse Leaders into any health care setting. This certificate program is designed for nurses who currently hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education, Nursing Administration, or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

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

  • Hold master'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

Courses for the certificate are designed to meet the national AACN requirements for the student to become a certified Clinical Nurse Leader and assist students to meet the following CNL competencies: Critical thinking; Communication; Health Assessment; Nursing Technology and Resource Management; Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Disease Prevention; Illness and Disease Management;  Information and Health Care Technologies; Ethics; Human Diversity; Global Health Care; Health Care Systems and Policy; Provider and Manager of Care; Designer/Manager/Coordinator of Care, and; Member of a Profession.

The program coursework is delivered online and includes a field-based practicum.

Career Opportunities

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


The post-graduate APRN certificate at South Dakota State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Improvement Science: A Microsystem Approach 
  • Clinical Immersion and Capstone Project 
  • Health Operations and Financial Management for Nurse Leaders

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14 alternative credits



Academic requirements

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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 first clinical lab or within first year of program.

Tuition Fee

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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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