James Madison University

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 500 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


Fall Year One (9 credits) Spring Year One (9 credits)
NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment (3) NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3) NSG 650 Organizational Behavior (3)
NSG 651 Leadership/Role (3) NSG 612 Theory (3)
Fall Year Two (10 credits) Spring Year Two (10 credits)
NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3) NSG 692 Health Care Policy (3)
NSG 653 Educ Methods (3) NSG 690 Epidemiology (3)
NSG 676 Practicum I (4) NSG 677 Practicum II (4)

Part-Time Plan of Study


Fall Year One  (6 credits) Spring Year One  (6 credits)
NSG 520 Advanced Health Assessment (3) NSG 522 Advanced Clinical Pharmacotherapeutics (3)
NSG 521 Advanced Concepts in Pathophysiology (3) NSG 692 Health Care Policy (3)
Fall Year Two  (6 credits) Spring Year Two  (6 credits)
NSG 651 Leadership/Role (3) NSG 612 Theory (3)
NSG 611 Research for the Advanced Health Professional (3) NSG 650 Organizational Behavior (3)
Fall Year Three   (7 credits) Spring Year Three   (7 credits)
NSG 653 Educ Methods (3) NSG 690 Epidemiology (3)
NSG 676 Practicum I (4) NSG 677 Practicum II (4)

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