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Clinical Nurse Leader

Take charge of your nursing career with this online master’s degree.

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As a clinical nurse leader, you’ll be an advanced generalist responsible for supervising the care of a group of patients, evaluating their risks and outcomes and coordinating their care with other health care professionals. The focus of this role is evidence-based practice, safety, quality of care, risk reduction and cost containment. You’ll have the opportunity to work with diverse patient populations in any practice setting.

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Sample Courses


  • Clinical Outcomes Management
  • Health Care Policy, Law & Ethics
  • Leadership in Clinical Microsystems
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Special Admission Requirements


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What Sets Us Apart


Our online programs are flexible enough to accommodate working professional nurses who don’t want to put their career on hold or uproot their lives to relocate. Clinical practicum and teaching practicum courses are supervised by nursing faculty and qualified preceptors. Generally, students complete their practicum/residency courses in their geographic area. If adequate resources are not workable, concentrated practicum experiences are available in the Fort Worth area.

Career Prospects


According to Nurse Journal, “as the population ages and becomes less healthy due to obesity and obesity-related problems, there will be an increased demand for specialized knowledge. Furthermore, these issues will also require a new approach to health care delivery, again increasing the need for clinical nurse leaders.”