Clinical Nurse Leader Track (MSN)

Program Information

Degree Type: ,

Total Credit Hours: 39

About the Program

Description: The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is an emerging role in advanced nursing practice. The CNL works within a health care system to improve patient care quality and safety at the point of care delivery. The CNL may work in any health care setting with any patient population.

Accreditations/Achievements: The UCA MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Program Benefits: Gain the knowledge and experience to be a leader improving quality and safety in patient care at the point of care delivery.
Work in any healthcare system or setting in an advanced nursing role. Work with intradisciplinary teams focused on improving patient care outcomes.
Be eligibile for national certification.

Plan of Study: Clinical Nurse Leader Track (MSN)

Coordinators Name: Rose Schlosser
Coordinators Phone Number: 501-450-3119
Coordinators Email:

Program Faculty: Susan Gatto, PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate Program Director; Nelda New, PhD, APN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director; Pamela Ashcraft, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor; Julie Carman, MSN, APN, Nursing Clinical Instructor I; Mary Garnica, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, MPH, Assistant Professor; Jackie Gray, EdD, RN, Assistant Professor; Stacy E. Harris, MSN, RN, Clinical Instructor I; Kerry Jordan, MSN, RN, CNL, Clinical Instructor I; Julie Meaux, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor; Clinta Che' Reed, MSN, RN, CNL, Clinical Instructor I, Nursing Learning Resources Coordinator; Sheila Stroman, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor; Sarah Thornton, MSN, APN, GNP-BC, Clinical Instructor I

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Distance Education Technology Requirements: Adobe Acrobat; Microsoft Office (or Open Office); Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc)

How to Apply

Requirements: Students are required to come to campus between 1-3 times per semester for each class. These dates are posted well in advance for planning purposes. The CNL clinical experiences are completed in or near the students' home community and can be with any healthcare agency or setting.

Admissions Requirements:
1. A baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program (graduates of non-accredited schools will be evaluated individually).
2. A minimum GPA of 2.70 (4.00 scale) overall or 3.00 on last 60 hours of earned credit.
3. Successful completion of a course in basic statistics, with a grade of C or above.
4. Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in Arkansas (or state where clinical experiences will take place).
5. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
6. At least one year of direct patient care clinical experience within the last three years as an RN prior to enrollment in the clinical courses. Based on the applicant's recent clinical experience, the applicant might be required to take an independent clinical practicum course prior to enrollment in the clinical courses.
7. A completed application packet which includes a resume/vita, written essay, three references, verification of clinical practice, and copy of RN license.
8. An interview with Program Coordinator or designee.
9. An acceptable (“clean”) criminal background check.
10. Applicants not born in the United States or in a country where English is the official language must document their English proficiency. An official score of 83 or higher on the iBT TOEFL exam is required. The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years. Only iBT TOEFL scores received directly from ETS or the UCA Testing Center will be accepted as valid.

Note: Admission is competitive. Applicants are ranked based on the above admission requirements.

Application: Clinical Nurse Leader Track (MSN)

Deadlines: Fall Admission: February 15 - April 1; Spring Admission: June 15 - August 1

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