Graduate Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and related sciences, societal issues and trends, healthcare delivery systems, and finances to interpret patterns and trends within a specified healthcare microsystem in order to deliver safe, competent, comprehensive healthcare.
  • Demonstrate a leadership role in collaborating with members of the interprofessional team in developing, implementing, and evaluating care for a specified healthcare microsystem.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and technological communication abilities.
    Facilitate interdisciplinary care within the context of a Christian worldview that fosters respect for diverse populations.
  • Create awareness of professional role development through the avenues of evidence-based practice, graduate education, and lifelong learning.
  • Advocate for the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader as manager and coordinator of care for an individual or cohort.
  • (Adapted from AACN CNL competencies of 2013).

Graduation Requirements

The graduation requirements are as follows:

  • Fifty percent of coursework must be at the 600-course level,
  • The program of study must be completed within 5-years of admission,
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Submit a degree application.

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements for the Masters with a CNL concentration will be consistent with the other LCU graduate programs with the exception of the following:

  • Unencumbered¬†US registered nursing license(s),
  • No state board or legal action against licensure in any state,
  • Earned BSN from an accredited nursing program,
  • GPA of > 2.6 on BSN last 30 hours of¬†upper level¬†coursework,
  • Undergraduate courses in assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, statistics, and nursing research,
  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended,
  • An onsite essay or essay proctored by ProctorU,
  • While experience is not required, related practice experience may make the applicant more competitive.

International or students whose primary language is nor English must have:

  • BSN or its equivalent,
  • Current¬†US registered¬†nursing¬†license,
  • Demonstrate proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading English.

MSN Curriculum

The curriculum will consist of 38 hours, which can be completed in six semesters. The course descriptions are as follows.

  • NM 501- Professional Role Development
  • NM 503- Outcome Management and Quality Improvement
  • NM 506- Nursing Research and Evidenced-Based Practice
  • NM 508- Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
  • NM 511- Healthcare Policy, Finance, and Organizations
  • NM 518- Healthcare Informatics
  • NM 525- Healthcare Promotion and Illness Prevention
  • NM 548- Contemporary Issues in Healthcare Delivery
  • NM 601- Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NM 603- Advanced Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • NM 608- Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • NM 610- Leadership and Interprofessional Practice
  • NM 625- Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone I
  • NM 630- Clinical Nurse Leader Capstone II

The course descriptions for the MSN program can be found at