Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Leader
South Dakota State University

Program Details

The Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Leader is designed for masters-prepared nurses to train for certification in this APRN specialty. Clinical Nurse Leader students learn how to effectively coordinate care and provide leadership in all healthcare settings.

Coursework meets AACN requirements for national certification. Classes are offered online, and the program includes a field-based practicum. Students study health operations, financial management, and improvement science.

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Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

South Dakota State University is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests

Proof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)

Application Requirements

Criminal Background Check, Interview, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Must have a master's degree in nursing education, nursing administration, or clinical nurse specialist
  • Submit evidence of most current RN license
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice prior to first clinical course
  • Complete compliance requirements: background check, FBI fingerprint, drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification for FNP specialization, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, TB test