James Madison University

Master of Science in Nursing Program


Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration

This program prepares graduates to improve patient care outcomes through effective leadership strategies and to influence health care design by using evidence based strategies to effectively meet patient health needs.  Students complete a total of 400 clinical practicum hours, with an emphasis on delivery systems and functions that impact patient safety and quality of care.   Graduates of the Clinical Nurse Leader program are qualified to take the certification exam through the Commission on Nurse Certification (CCN) http://www.aacn.nche.edu/cnc

All Required Courses


Course Credits
NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology 3
NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional 3
NSG 612 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice Nursing 3
NSG 650 Organizational Behavior in Health  Care 3
NSG 651 Leadership Development 3
NSG 653 Educational Methodologies For Nurse Leaders 3
NSG 676 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum I 4
NSG 677 Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum II 4
NSG 690 Epidemiology and Population Assessment 3
NSG 692 Health Care Policy 3
Total Credit Hours 38

Full-Time Plan of Study


Year One
Fall (9 credits)

NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3)
NSG 651 Leadership/Role (3)

Spring (9 credits)

NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NSG 650 Organizational Behavior (3)
NSG 612 Theory (3)

Year Two
Fall (10 credits)

NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3)
NSG 653 Educ Methods (3)
NSG 676 Practicum I (4)

Spring (10 credits)

NSG 692 Health Care Policy (3)
NSG 690 Epidemiology (3)
NSG 677 Practicum II (4)

Part-Time Plan of Study


Year One
Fall (6 credits)

NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment (3)
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3)

Spring (6 credits)

NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NSG 692 Health Care Policy (3)

Year Two
Fall (6 credits)

NSG 651 Leadership/Role (3)
NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3) 

Spring (6 credits)

NSG 612 Theory (3)
NSG 650 Organizational Behavior (3)

Year Three
Fall (7 credits)

NSG 653 Educ Methods (3)
NSG 676 Practicum I (4)

Spring (7 credits)

NSG 690 Epidemiology (3)
NSG 677 Practicum II (4)