Master of Science in Nursing / Clinical Nursing Leader (RN to MSN)
Sacred Heart University

Program Details

The Sacred Heart online combined bachelor’s and master’s of nursing program was specifically designed to help working nurses go from RN-BSN-MSN in one continuous course of study. Sacred Heart's mission is to train top tier clinicians in evidence-based practice.

Sacred Heart's nursing degrees are highly recognized and greatly respected by healthcare leaders seeking a Magnet Recognition Program® designation. Additionally, SHU is consistently ranked among the top master’s colleges in the U.S. in part because of our humanistic core principles. Small rigorous classes and interactive personal attention from our experienced award-winning faculty will prepare you to stand out in today’s complex healthcare industry. A professional who leads from the heart is easy to spot.

The Clinical Nurse Leader specialization is designed to meet the needs of the working career nurse seeking the superior clinical, administrative, and educational skills to move into management and leadership roles. Get the skills and knowledge you need to fulfill this new and evolving role, designed to address challenges involving patient safety, quality of care, and costs. The program prepares students to sit for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing CNL Certificate Exam.

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100% Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Sacred Heart University is accredited by:

New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Some College

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Proof of malpractice insurance is required
  • Requires an active, unencumbered RN nursing license
  • Must have completed an associate or diploma nursing program

Restricted States

Connecticut, New York