University of South Alabama College of Nursing

Clinical Nurse Leader

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a new role in nursing, the first new role in 35 years! The CNL tract prepares professional nurses as advanced generalists who are experts at the point of care.

The Clinical Nurse Leader has multiple roles in healthcare including:

• Clinical Practice
• Outcomes Manager
• Patient Advocate
• Educator
• Information Manager
• Systems Analyst/Risk Anticipator
• Team Leader

Nurse and patient
The Clinical Nurse Leader curriculum can be completed in three semesters post-baccalaureate and consists of course work that address each of the areas cited above as well as immersion clinical experiences to assist learners in adapting to the role. All courses are online and clinical can be arranged in your own community (in most cases). The interactive online classroom provides opportunities for active learning, discussion, problem solving, debating, critical thinking, research, networking, and community building.

Clinical Nurse Leader Curriculum

Post BSN Track (MSN)
       • Full-time schedule of study - Fall Admission

         • Part-time schedule of study - Spring Admission
 • Full-time schedule of study - Summer Admission

Clinical Nurse Leader Curriculum for RN to MSN (for Associate/Diploma RN’s with a degree in a non-nursing discipline)
       • Fall admission schedule of study
       • Spring admission schedule of study
       • Summer admission schedule of study
Post Graduate Certification Tracks
         • Full-time Post Graduate schedule of study


For Additional Information

Please feel free to e-mail for more information about this program: Dr. Jame Harris:

Graduate Studies
USA College of Nursing - HAHN 3086
5721 USA Drive N.
Mobile AL 36688-0002
(251) 445-9400
FAX: (251) 445-9416


The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-6791

Nurse Educator Option

USA offers nurse educator classes to those students wishing to pursue a career in academia. These courses are a subspecialization that can be added onto your current degree plan. Please click this link to learn more:
Nursing Education


University of South Alabama - Mobile Alabama 36688-0002 (251) 445-9400
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