Master of Science Entry-Into-Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

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We are still accepting applications for spring 2019. Apply now.

Clinical Nurse Leader students being observed in a clinical setting

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The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) option offers you the opportunity to become a professional nurse, obtain the tools needed to thrive in an ever-changing health care system, and reshape the quality of patient care.

Intended for students who have already earned a baccalaureate or higher degree in a field other than nursing, the CNL master's entry-to-practice option will prepare you to provide direct patient care and clinical nursing leadership in hospitals, the community, long-term care facilities, the home, and other settings.

The program is ranked No. 2 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. It is ideal for highly motivated and high-achieving individuals with a passion for nursing and an interest in pursuing graduate education as a full-time student.

Find out how your prerequisites transfer. 

Before you begin the admissions process, you can submit copies of your unofficial transcript(s) to us for review, and an admissions counselor will advise you on your requirements for admission.

How the Program Works

  • This is an intensive, full-time program that is completed in two years.
  • The program requires 65 credit hours, including:
    • classroom and laboratory instruction
    • more than 800 clinical hours.
  • Students are admitted in the fall and spring.

What You'll Do

Upon completion of the program, graduates are:

  • awarded a Master of Science degree with a Clinical Nurse Leader specialty
  • eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for licensure as a registered nurse
  • eligible to sit for the CNL Certification Examination offered by the AACN Commission on Nurse Certification.

Fall Admission Plan of Study

Students admitted in the fall semester enroll in classes for four semesters and one summer session.

This plan of study is for students entering the CNL option in fall 2016 and subsequent fall semesters. 

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Fall Year 1
NURS 501: Pathophysiological and Pharmacological Bases for Nursing Practice 5 Credits 
NURS 503: Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 Credits
NURS 505: Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice (45 Clinical Hours) 4 Credits
NURS 507: Introduction to Nursing and the Clinical Nursing Leadership Role 3 Credits 
Total: 15 Credits 
Spring Year 1 
NURS 514: Adult Health Nursing (135 Clinical Hours) 6 Credits
NURS 625: Introduction to Gerontological Nursing 2 Credits 
NRSG 736: Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3 Credits 
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 14 Credits
Summer Year 1 
NURS 509: Maternal and Newborn Nursing (90 Clinical Hours) 5 Credits
NURS 517: Pediatric Nursing (90 Clinical Hours) 5 Credits
Total: 10 Credits
Fall Year 2 
NURS 508: Community/Public Health Nursing (90 Clinical Hours) 4 Credits 
NURS 511: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (90 Clinical Hours) 5 Credits
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health 3 Credits
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 15 Credits
Spring Year 2 
NURS 523: Clinical Nurse Leader Emphasis Practicum 8 Credits
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy:  Leadership & Quality Improvement 3 Credits
Total: 11 Credits
TOTAL 65 CREDITS (4 Semesters/1 Summer Session) 

View information on the Foundations of Interprofessional Education and Practice Course.

Spring Admission Plan of Study

Students admitted in the spring semester may enroll in classes for:

  • four semesters and one summer
    or
  • four semesters and two summers.

Students choosing to enroll in both summer courses (509 and 517) in the first summer may have the opportunity to apply for a residency or certified nursing assistant position at a health care facility for their second summer in the program.

This plan of study is for students entering the CNL program in spring 2017 and subsequent spring semesters. This option is four semesters and one summer session.

Semester and Course Number/Title Credit/Clinical Hours
Spring Year 1
NURS 501: Pathophysiological and Pharmacological Bases for Nursing Practice 5 Credits 
NURS 503: Health Assessment Across the Lifespan 3 Credits
NURS 505: Introduction to Professional Nursing Practice (45 Clinical Hours) 4 Credits
NURS 507: Introduction to Nursing and the Clinical Nursing Leadership Role 3 Credits 
Total: 15 Credits 
Summer Year 1 
NURS 517: Pediatric Nursing (90 Clinical Hours) 5 Credits
NURS 509: Maternal and Newborn Nursing (90 Clinical Hours) 5 Credits
 Total: 10 Credits
Fall Year 1 
NURS 514: Adult Health Nursing (135 Clinical Hours) 6 Credits
NURS 625: Introduction to Gerontological Nursing 2 Credits
NRSG 736: Technology Solutions for Generating Knowledge in Health Care 3 Credits
NRSG 790: Methods for Research and Evidence-Based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 14 Credits
Spring Year 2 
NURS 508: Community/Public Health Nursing (90 Clinical Hours) 4 Credits
NURS 511: Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (90 Clinical Hours) 5 Credits
NRSG 780: Health Promotion and Population Health 3 Credits
NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice 3 Credits
Total: 15 Credits
Summer Year 2
Residency or Course Work
Fall Year 2 
NURS 523: Clinical Nurse Leader Emphasis Practicum 8 Credits
NRSG 782: Health Systems & Health Policy:  Leadership & Quality Improvement 3 Credits
Total: 11 Credits
TOTAL 65 CREDITS (4 Semesters/1 Summer Session) 

View information on the Foundations of Interprofessional Education and Practice Course.

Scholarship Opportunities

Your nursing education is an important investment. Financial aid and scholarships can help make your goals a reality.

UMSON offers multiple opportunities to help you afford your graduate education.

Type of AidAward
Federal Financial Aid various award amounts
Merit Scholarships $3,000 per semester, or $12,000 total
(You are automatically considered for a merit scholarship upon submitting a completed application for enrollment in an UMSON academic program.)
Donor-Funded Scholarships $500-2,000 per semester
(offered during the fall and spring semesters)
Conway Scholarship full scholarship: tuition and fees
(for those who will have completed 12 credit hours of graduate study by the start of the semester for which the Conway Scholarship is awarded and who have at least half of their credit hours remaining)
Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant $10,000
(scholarships rewarded to 10 students each semester; more details coming soon)
Graduate Assistantships competitive; includes stipend, tuition remission, in-state status, and paid student health insurance

Learn More About Financial Aid and Scholarships


All students receiving funds through the University, including financial aid, merit awards, grants, and scholarships, must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • UMSON Federal Code: 002104
  • FAFSA Deadline for Maryland Residents (state awards and scholarships): Feb. 28
  • FAFSA Deadline: March 1

The University of Maryland, Baltimore Student Financial Assistance and Education Office is available to guide you through the FAFSA application process and the financial aid award package.


Contact Us:

UMSON Scholarships and Grants Office
410-706-0489 | nrsscholarships@umaryland.edu

UMB Student Financial Assistance and Education Office
410-706-7347 | aidtalk@umaryland.edu

 

CNL Admission Deadlines and Requirements

In this section:


Deadlines:

Spring 2019

Final Deadline: Jan. 8, 2019
All supplemental application materials must be submitted by Jan. 10, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

Fall 2019

Application Opens: Oct. 1, 2018
Review Process Begins: Dec. 1, 2018
Priority Deadline*: Feb. 1, 2019
*For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to have all required application materials submitted by the priority deadline.

The Admissions Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis and release decisions accordingly. Competitive applicants will be offered admission first. Space is limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early. 


Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree in a major other than nursing with an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Science GPA of 3.0 (chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology)
  • Prerequisite Courses:
    • General Chemistry with Lab
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Lab
    • Microbiology with Lab
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Statistics
    • Nutrition
  • The following prerequisite science courses must also have been completed within the last 10 years in order to be eligible for consideration:
    • Chemistry
    • Anatomy & Physiology I
    • Anatomy & Physiology II
    • Microbiology

Application Materials:

Materials

Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.
When completing the online application, you must select ”NURS-MS,” and then choose CNL.

One recommendation. Your recommendation must come from a professor who can attest to your academic performance. Only the first recommendation received will be considered.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Returning students are required to submit UMSON transcripts via the Office of the Registrar.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Essay. Please submit a 500-1,000-word essay that addresses the following:

  • Discuss your motivation to pursue the profession of nursing and why you have chosen the Clinical Nurse Leader option for your nursing education.
  • Identify at least one important role of the Clinical Nurse Leader that you find interesting or compelling and provide examples of how you see yourself practicing as a Clinical Nurse Leader.
  • Describe the population of interest or the area of health care in which you would like to work after graduation.
  • Briefly summarize what you hope to be doing professionally five years from now.

Submit these materials via our Supplemental Documents Form.

(Alternatively, we accept submissions via email.)


 

 

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your résumé submission.

Prerequisite Course List. Download, print, and complete the Prerequisite Course List. Prerequisite courses must be taken at regionally or nationally accredited schools. ACE credits are not accepted.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it either by mail, e-mail, or fax to the Office of the Registrar using the instructions supplied at the bottom of the residency application. The completed application, signed and dated, should be submitted prior to the first day of enrollment for the term and program for which you are seeking admission.


Applicants to the CNL program who meet minimum standards to be considered for admission will be asked to interview in person as part of the selection process. The interview will also include a proctored writing sample.


Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.


If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Program Outcomes

The CNL option prepares graduates to:

  • Design, provide, and oversee the care of individuals, families, groups, and populations
  • Provide direct patient care in complex situations in a variety of settings
  • Evaluate patient outcomes, assess risk, and revise plans of care to improve outcomes
  • Practice nursing based on research evidence to assure that patients benefit from the latest care innovations
  • Collaborate with other health care professionals to plan, implement, and evaluate patient care in a variety of settings
  • Use information systems and technologies to improve health care outcomes
  • Advocate for patients, families, and communities

For more information on the roles, competencies, and responsibilities of the CNL, please read the Competencies and Curricular Expectations for Clinical Nurse Leader Education and Practice.

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The field of nursing is just an exciting place to be. It's always changing. There's science involved, there's research involved -- I'm interested in all of that -- and there's this personal component of getting to be with people and work with people in extreme situations. Brett Kiser, CNL student