Program Overview

The online MSN / Clinical Nurse Leader degree program from The University of Alabama prepares students to function at the microsystem level as part of an interdisciplinary team that communicates, plans, and implements care directly with other healthcare professionals. Graduates are able to:

  • ​Oversee care coordination of a distinct group of patients
  • ​Serve as a resource for clinical decision making
  • ​Be a lateral integrator of care
  • ​Put evidence-based practice into action
  • Collect and evaluate patient outcomes
  • ​Assess cohort risk
  • ​Have the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • GPA of at least 3.0 overall based on 4.0 grading scale or a 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work
    • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited school of nursing
    • Current unencumbered RN licensure in a state currently approved for admission

    School Overview

    The University of Alabama, the state of Alabama’s oldest public university, is a senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution. The University was established by constitutional provision under statutory mandates and authorizations in 1819. Its mission is “to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of the state through quality programs of teaching, research and service.”

    UA offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees from the following schools and colleges:

    • College of Arts & Sciences
    • College of Communication & Information Sciences
    • College of Community Health Sciences
    • College of Continuing Studies
    • Culverhouse College of Commerce
    • College of Education
    • College of Engineering
    • Graduate School
    • Honors College
    • College of Human Environmental Sciences
    • Law School
    • Capstone College of Nursing
    • School of Social Work

    In addition, degrees at all levels may be earned online through the department of Distance Education.


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