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Online MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader Track

Program Overview

Lead patient care by leading your team.

Learn to champion patient care, lead interprofessional teams, identify advanced therapies, and communicate critical information in the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader track.

Learn to champion patient care, lead interprofessional teams, identify advanced therapies, and communicate critical information in the MSN Clinical Nurse Leader track.

Program Highlights


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CCNE-Accredited Experience

The master’s degrees in nursing at Queens University of Charlotte are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Accreditation means your degree demonstrates mastery of rigorous industry standards that encompass contemporary nursing knowledge, theory, and technology.

Career Outlook: Growth 3x the National Average

A nursing team’s ability to provide excellent patient care owes much to its leadership and with a new set of skills, you will be prepared to make the difference. Your advanced skills will be in high demand, as opportunities for RNs climb 14.8 percent over the next decade.1

Clinical Nurse Leader:


As a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), you would be at the center of patient care, ensuring consistency between interprofessional teams and integrating diverse therapies into manageable plans of care. You would use your skills as a communicator and a listener as a bridge between patient and varied professionals. You would also bring a mastery of data evaluation and the technology needed to track it. The top 10 percent of CNLs earn more than $107,000 annually.2

Clinical Case Manager:


As a clinical case manager, you would be responsible for coordinating medical care and being an advocate for people to receive the best and most affordable healthcare available. You would use your care planning and communication skills to assist patients with chronic illnesses and other medical needs in navigating the healthcare and insurance systems. The top 10 percent of clinical case managers earn more than $76,000 annually.3

Other titles you may qualify for:

  • Nurse Navigator
  • Clinical Nurse Coordinator
  • Quality Care Coordinator
  • Clinical Program Coordinator

Curriculum: Gain Real-World, Hands-On Experience

In the Clinical Nurse Leader track, gain the skills you need to improve patient outcomes and bring an elevated service approach to your organization. You will study an ethical approach to leadership, the theory and application of advanced therapeutics, and clinical microsystem management.

This program includes a total of 400 clinical hours at a location of your choice, where you will practice the CNL role and gain real-world, hands-on experience improving outcomes with your advanced skills.

Course Spotlight: NUR 652 Management of Clinical Outcomes

Apply advanced therapeutics to complement traditional therapies and improve patient outcomes. Implement an evidence-based process for evaluating the efficacy and risks of various therapies, and learn to integrate therapies into plans of care.


Course Spotlight: NUR 653 Management of the Care Environment

Focus on the management of processes and resources within the clinical care environment with the goal of achieving optimal clinical and business outcomes. The clinical component provides students with an opportunity to participate in clinical microsystems management as part of a management team.

More Track Options

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Educator

Prepare to teach new nurses in the academic setting or guide experienced nurses in a healthcare setting.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Administrator

Gain the leadership and business skills to guide organizational decision-making and lead a nursing team in the Nurse Administrator track.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nursing Informatics

Participate in the analysis, design, and implementation of information and communication systems. Study the effectiveness of nursing communications, review informatics research, and learn to deliver the education of nursing informatics and information technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore Queens’ Master of Science in Nursing, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question not covered here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.

Each track in the Master of Science in Nursing program will take two years to complete if you take two courses per semester, which is considered full-time. If you choose to study part-time, you can complete the program within four years.

View the CNL course plan, the nurse educator course plan, the nurse administrator course plan, or the nursing informatics course plan.

Growth in the nursing field will be strong over the next decade, with most nursing roles showing at least 14% growth, and some roles much higher, such as nursing instructors, which indicates 24% growth, according to Burning Glass Labor Insight.

Yes. To be considered for the Master of Science in Nursing program, you must have either a BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and nursing program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE, or be an RN with another type of bachelor’s degree.

In addition, you must also have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better on a 4.00 scale—as well as evidence of a current unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state in which you will complete any practicum requirements of the program. See the MSN Admission Requirements page for more information.

Your tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing program will cost approximately $20,350. Please note that this amount does not include textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, loan fees, and other costs you might incur. See the MSN Tuition page for more information.

If you take two courses per semester, that would be considered full-time; however, you can also study on a part-time basis if you prefer.

There are six core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing program that must be completed, regardless of which track you choose. Then, you will complete your credit hours with courses specific to your chosen track. See the MSN Curriculum page for more information.

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  1. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  2. Payscale (2019 September 3). Average Clinical Nurse Manager Salary. Retrieved September 18, 2019, from
  3. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved November 4, 2019.