Rush University

College of Nursing

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) for RNs



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) for RNs

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Master of Science in Nursing graduate is responsible for the clinical management of comprehensive client care for individuals and clinical populations across the continuum of care, and in multiple settings. He/she assumes leadership/accountability for health outcomes for a specific group of clients within a unit or setting. The program is 2 years in length and offered as a part-time program of study. All courses are offered online. There is a clinical residency requirement that may be completed at the student's place of employment. In addition, students take two electives that add a role component, e.g., education or management, to the clinical nurse leader focus. Upon graduation students are eligible to sit for Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification.


The Rush University College of Nursing was re-accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) in 2009. The College was accredited for ten years through 2019, the maximum granted by CCNE.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Medical school or medical center

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

Find Schools