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Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Online Program

Nursing Leadership for Today's Health Care

Our Program

If you're an RN who wants to:

  • Take on an exciting new role to integrate health care at the bedside and improve patient outcomes?
  • Learn leadership and financial skills to lead change within complex health care systems?
  • Advance your clinical knowledge and skills with a master of science in nursing degree?

Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNL) are prepared at the master’s degree as an advanced generalist. This exciting new role was developed to address needs in healthcare for lateral integration of care at the bedside. Graduates of the Clinical Nurse Leader program provide and manage care at the point of care to individuals, clinical populations and communities. Additional courses may be added to provide further specialization beyond the adult setting. The CNL program does not prepare the graduate for eligibility as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in Kansas.

The 35 credit hour curriculum is composed of eight core courses and five clinical leadership courses (including a graduate project). The curriculum adheres to guidelines provided by pertinent credentialing and regulating organizations while creating a flexible and contemporary graduate education. All graduates possess an advanced core of knowledge to provide direct patient care and manage complex systems.

Our Value

  • A quality program carefully designed to protect your investment of time and money.
  • Part-time program created for the working practitioner.
  • Individualized attention to help you meet your professional goals.

Quick Facts


CCNE Accredited Quality Matters Implementation Plan

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Washburn University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, (

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Washburn University – School of Nursing is committed to implement the Quality Matters Standards for the design of online courses, and we are systematically building and evaluating our courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. The Quality Matters Standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. More information regarding Quality Matters may be found at the link below.

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School of Nursing
Petro Allied Health Center
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621-1117

Phone & Fax
Ph: 785.670.1525
Fax: 785.670.1032

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