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Welcome to the Graduate Nursing Program at Dominican University of California where quality, caring, and nursing excellence are values we embrace every day. Thank you for your interest in our Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.


We believe nursing is an art and a science. It is a profession where nurses strive to provide evidence based, compassionate and culturally competent patient care. eira.klichheartt.jpeg

We are here to motivate, educate, and inspire you with this goal in mind. Dominican has chosen the Clinical Nurse Leader MSN as our focus. We have done so because we believe advanced education is an imperative for the nurse who works at the point of care, who can be the advocate for patients and their families and be instrumental in planning, implementing, and evaluating patient care, regardless of the job title. The graduates of Dominican’s MSN CNL program meet the AACN CNL master’s outcome competencies and will be prepared for national certification as a Clinical Nurse Leader by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. Our graduating class of 2013 enjoyed a 100% pass rate for first time CNL examinees.

As a CNL you will lead teams to provide evidence-based practice to improve patient outcomes, improve the fiscal bottom-line of health care service organizations, help to develop system wide policy, and create innovative learning environments to improve the quality of client care.

If you are here, you are a nurse looking forward to advancing your education; you wish to provide excellent, evidence based, individualized and engaged care to your clients. You enjoy ensuring best practices for your units. You are motivated and eager to learn; and you strive to be a nurse leader and advocate. Getting this degree will be extremely rewarding and empowering. You will be among those who will change the face of nursing in the 21st century. We are here to promote and support your success.

I hope to meet you soon and wish you my best,

Eira I. Klich-Heartt, DNP, RN, CNS, CNL

Director, MSN Program

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