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MSN Clinical Nurse Leader



Dominican University of California is not currently accepting Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Clinical Nurse Leader applications and will not be enrolling students for the Fall 2014 semester. Candidates who have not completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program are encouraged to consider the day undergraduate BSN program.  Please visit us again for Spring 2015.

Dominican University of California values study, reflection community and service. Our MSN Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program provides a curriculum and an education to support these values: Our students are motivated, supported and inspired to learn.

Graduates of our  program are prepared to serve as nurse leaders and positive agents for change in any health-care setting. They are able to ensure positive outcomes across the continuum of care.

Our faculty, staff and students are optimistic about the possibility of effecting change in health care systems, through improving care, decreasing costs and overall improvement of health for our communities.  We are committed to improving health care outcomes for patients, families and health care teams.

Graduates are prepared to lead healthcare teams toward positive outcomes in their selected clinical setting.  At the end of this program students are prepared to sit for the National CNL certification exam.

To learn more about the clinical nurse leader association

The roles of the CNL

  • Leadership in the care of the sick in and across various health care environments
  • Design and provision of health promotion and risk-reduction services for diverse populations
  • Provision of evidence-based practice
  • Population-appropriate health care to individuals, clinical groups/units, and communities
  • Clinical decision-making and risk anticipation
  • Design and implementation of plans of care
  • Identification and collection of aggregate outcomes
  • Responsibility for evaluation and improvement of point-of-care outcomes
  • Ethical and community advocacy
  • Delegation and oversight of care delivery and outcomes
  • Team management and collaboration with other healthcare professionals
  • Development and leveraging of human, environmental, and material resources
  • Management and use of client-care and information technology
  • Lateral integration of care for a specified group of patients
  CCNE Accreditation


Dominican is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


  • Convenient: Dominican is located in San Rafael, California, 12 miles north of San Francisco
  • Flexible: Classes meet once a week on a weekday
  • Innovative: Students become change agents in the way health care is delivered
  • Global: We offer opportunities for international clinical experiences
  • Collaborative: Cohort program builds camaraderie and professional bonds and allows for one-on-one instruction and guidance
  • Supportive: Faculty are doctorate prepared, supportive, and available



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