Program Overview

The Clinical Leadership (CL) Post-Master's Certificate Program is designed for registered nurses who already hold a master's degree in another nursing specialization and want to become eligible to take the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam. CNL certification is offered by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC), an arm of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the recognized standard for clinical nursing knowledge.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    The residency is being piloted in an online format; however, there is a chance that a campus residency will be required.

    • Must hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA
    • Completed application form
    • Official transcript(s)
    • Copy of your current registered nursing license and current work status (Applicants are required to be working full-time in order to apply.)
    • Three (3) written recommendations from nursing professionals
    • Current Résumé


    Not available for students residing in Colorado, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Utah, and Washington.

    School Overview

    Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, SXU is Chicago's oldest Catholic University, and it is recognized as one of the top comprehensive master's universities in the Midwest. Saint Xavier University provides an education that is grounded in the tradition of liberal arts. SXU offers graduate and post-graduate programs that are recognized and respected by employers and delivered by professional faculty who are experts in their fields. 

    Schools and Colleges:

    • Colleges of Arts and Sciences
    • School for Continuing and Professional Studies
    • School of Education
    • Graham School of Management
    • School of Nursing

    SXU Online at Saint Xavier University attracts students beyond the physical campus to earn online degrees and certificates.


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