M.S. in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader

Rowan University's CCNE accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program was established to meet the need for trained professional health care leaders. The following two tracks are available within the Rowan MSN program: Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Practitioner.

Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

The Clinical Nurse Leader track provides Registered Nurses in the greater Philadelphia tri-state area with the skills to assume leadership roles in their respective organizations. Our program was designed according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) definition of the Clinical Nurse Leader as someone who oversees the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and actively provides direct patient care in complex situations. Also, according to the AACN, the CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system who evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. The Rowan MSN – Clinical Nurse Leader program is ideal for registered nurses hoping to assume this role.


The Rowan University Master of Science in Nursing is a part-time program offered in a hybrid format with a combination of fully online courses, face to face classes, and clinical experiences. The track consists of 36 semester hours (s.h.). At the completion of the MSN CNL track, the graduate will have completed a minimum of 400 clinical hours.


The following courses make up the M.S. in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader program.

  • Core MSN Courses: 22 semester hours (s.h.)
  • Clinical Nurse Leader Courses: 14 semester hours (s.h.)
    • These courses have the following clinical hours:
      • Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I (200 clinical hours)
      • Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II (200 clinical hours)
Core MSN Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
NURS 05504 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 05505 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NURS 05503 Advanced Nursing Research 4
NURS 05501 Advanced Health Assessment 3
AHI 05501 Integrated Information Technology In Health Care 3
NURS 05507 Leadership & Care Delivery Environment 3
NURS 05508 Special Issues & Trends In Nursing 3
Clinical Nurse Leader Courses
Course Number
S.H. (Credits)
NURS 05509 Clinical Nurse Leader Role 3
NURS 05510 Evidence Based Practice In Illness/Disease Management 3
NURS 05511 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I (200 clinical hours) 4
NURS 05512 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II (200 clinical hours) 4

*Special Issues & Trends in Nursing (must be last MSN core course taken)​

The following courses have pre-requisites:

  • Advanced Pharmacology (prereq: NURS 05.504)
  • Nursing Research (prereq: NURS 03.404)
Total Program Semester Hours: 36

Admissions Requirements

The following is a list of items required to begin the application process for the program. There may be additional action or materials required for admission to the program. Upon receipt of the materials below a representative from the Rowan Global Admissions Processing Office will contact you with confirmation or indicating any missing items.

  • $65 (U.S.) non-refundable application fee

  • Bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in Nursing from an accredited institution of higher learning

  • Current professional resume

  • Copy of valid CPR card (must be updated every two years and sent the Department of Nursing)

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum grade of “C” or better in all nursing subject area courses

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended (regardless of number of credits earned; presented in a sealed official envelope)

  • Proof of current (U.S) valid RN license (must maintain active New Jersey RN license the duration of the program)

  • Two letters of recommendation from professional sources

  • Personal Malpractice Insurance (required at time of application and must be maintained the duration of the program)

  • Required foundation courses: Comprehensive Health Assessment and Research Applications in Nursing Practice. (the MSN Academic Advisor will determine foundation course equivalencies)

Start Dates & Application Deadlines

The chart below details available entry terms for the M.S. in Nursing: Clinical Nurse Leader program as well as corresponding application deadlines. Submitting the Application Form is only the first step to beginning the admission process. All of the required materials listed above must be received on or before the application completion deadline for your desired entry term to be considered for admission to that term. We encourage you to complete the application form and begin submitting your materials at least one month before the deadline indicated.

Entry Term Start Date Application Deadline
Summer 2018 05/23/2018 04/01/2018
Fall 2018 08/28/2018 07/01/2018
Spring 2019 01/15/2019 11/01/2018

Tuition & Costs

Rate Fees Per Semester Hour
$725 No fees $725