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Online MS inNursing - Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

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For BSN programs: Are you a licensed registered nurse or a recent graduate of an ADN program intending to sit for the NCLEX in the next three months? For MSN programs: Are you a licensed registered nurse?
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Take the next step in your nursing career and gain the skills to become a leader on a healthcare team with this specialized online master's from Southern New Hampshire University.

Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader Master's Degree Benefits:

  • Graduates of the Clinical Nurse Leader concentration are eligible to sit for the CNL credentialing exam offered by the Commission on Colleges of Nursing
  • A recent Job Analysis completed by the Commission on Nurse Certification reported that 36% of Clinical Nurse Leaders report making between $40-$49 per hour
  • Multiple term starts throughout the year - complete your degree at your own pace
  • 24/7 online accessibility - attend class when and where it's convenient
  • One of the lowest tuition rates in the nation

Courses include:
Advanced Pathophysiology, Leadership in Clinical Microsystems and Biostatistics. Request degree information now.

The Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Nursing programs at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202.887.6791.

Important: Students interested in this degree must already possess an unencumbered nursing license.

*Commission on Nurse Certification Clinical Nurse Leader 2016 Job Analysis, on the Internet at (viewed online August 9, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual income

SNHU nursing programs are not authorized in the state of Washington or US territories and we are not accepting students residing in Washington state or US territories into Nursing programs at this time. Currently enrolled students who move into the state of Washington or a US territory will not be able to continue in nursing courses until they move out of the state of Washington or the US territory. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Admission, and current students should contact their Advisor, for more information.

It is a requirement that Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator students carry their own medical malpractice insurance while enrolled in practicum courses. At least two terms prior to the start of the clinical components, students will be required to demonstrate proof of having an active individual medical malpractice certificate. In addition all students must comply with the requirements of the healthcare organizations where their capstone clinical immersion experience will be completed.  These requirements may include (but are not limited to) criminal background checks and verification of licensure, immunization records, and health insurance. Students may incur additional costs to meet the healthcare organization requirements.

Student Success

At SNHU, your success is our mission. We offer student support staff and services such as academic advisors, career services and our exclusive online community, SNHUconnect.


SNHU hires faculty with real-world experience.  You'll have specially trained instructors that are adept in helping you develop your skills and enhancing your academic success.


Our students enjoy one of the lowest tuition rates in the nation. For the sixth consecutive year, SNHU announced it will hold its tuition rates at 2012 levels. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.