The Clinical Nurse Leader program is 32 to 48 units, depending on your previous degree (Associates or Bachelor's). The on-campus program meets once a week and does not meet during the summer. Off-site program schedules vary. The program requires a total of 400 clinical hours.
Our curriculum includes the following coursework:
This advanced course focuses on health and wellness and associated anatomical dimensions, including health within the context of disability; assessment criteria and techniques are examined and developed. Attention is given to both theoretical content and hands-on laboratory experiences and deals with individuals across the life span.
This advanced research course reviews and critiques nursing and related discipline’s research. An overview approach is taken in an examination of the research process and how it affects research and implementation of research into practice. Of major concern are ethical principles and development of best practices in a clinical setting. Development of a literature review is the end product.
This advanced course is an overview of population-based public and institutional health including epidemiological concepts and applications, descriptive epidemiology, and measurements of morbidity and mortality. This course focuses on measuring frequency, identifying causes, and describing patterns and occurrences of disease; investigating outbreaks of disease, assessing the utility of diagnostic tests, testing the effectiveness of treatments, predicting outcomes of illness, decision making about treatment strategies, and summarizing evidence on clinical questions. It also focuses on the role of the CNL in epidemiology.
This course examines physiological systems of the human body, aging processes and related pathologies, and investigates how these changes and pathologies influence or guide nursing practice. Current insights are explored across the life span and the implications of pharmacology related to pathophysiology.
Includes a clinical component of 50 - 100 hours. This course explores leadership and nursing theories that provide the foundation and direction for integrated nursing practice. It explores new directions and adaptations for current nursing theory, and examines how nurses can utilize these theories for their practice in a manner that provides leadership for others in integrated health practice and focuses on the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader.
This course examines research methods used to assess and evaluate the health and health care delivery to diverse populations, as well as the efficacy of the practices themselves. Research design, ethical issues in research, research methodology, creation of a research proposal for implementing evidence-based practice and the evaluation methods for assessing the success of the programs.
This course uses a case analysis approach to the financial management of health care institutions. It incorporates quantitative analysis techniques, financial policy analysis, and costing methods. Applications of hospital and healthcare institutions financial management and decision-making are explored through lectures and case studies. The course includes: problem solving, written analysis, actual company cases and addresses ethical issues as they relate to health care organizations and prepares students for executive roles in healthcare settings. (Pre-requisites: Statistics and Nursing Research)
Includes a clinical component of 50 – 100 hours. This course on advanced health promotion, disease reduction, and prevention is focused on risk assessment, health literacy, and health education and practice, with a focus on combining western and non-western applications to achieve optimal outcomes. Health promotion, regimen management, caregiver stress, health behaviors, client education, and conceptions of health are examined in the context of the most common acute and chronic conditions affecting individuals across the life span.
Students synthesize the information they have gained about the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader at the point of care to ensure quality of care, safety, and risk reduction. Examination of external and internal forces that influence patient outcomes are analyzed – looking at the system, the process, and the outcomes. These two courses focus on the client, the systems, and processes, and outcomes through measurement and teamwork. Students will complete 200 to 300 clinical hours.
This course provides a macro and micro view of health care policy, organization, and financing world wide and comparing international perspectives with attention to both the historical context and current political influences.
Completion of capstone project.