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M S N Program - Overview

Online Master of Science in Nursing

Clinical Nurse Leader Program

Unite Critical Practices in Healthcare at Queens

Advance in your profession and enhance patient care outcomes, safety and quality through the online MSN with a Clinical Nurse Leader track from Queens University of Charlotte. You’ll develop in-demand skills for a growing nursing role and gain a valuable credential.

Clinical Nurse Leaders, or CNLs, are master’s-prepared, generalist clinicians who take a comprehensive, integrated approach to nursing practice. CNLs work with interdisciplinary teams to improve outcomes and efficiency of care, while continuing to work directly with patients.

Through the Clinical Nurse Leader® track of Queens’ online Master of Science in Nursing, you’ll learn to:

  • Apply evidence-based practice to your work
  • Design, implement and evaluate patient-care plans to drive optimal outcomes
  • Serve populations of patients within care units across healthcare settings

The field of healthcare is constantly evolving, and for patients and hospitals to run efficiently, highly skilled Clinical Nurse Leaders are paramount. Discover how you can become an influential force in the healthcare system with our infographic on Clinical Nurse Leaders.



Clinical Nurse Leaders Drive Real Results

Graduates of the online CNL program are eligible to take the national Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam. The final course in the program includes a review for the exam. The CNL exam pass rate for graduates of the online CNL program from Queens is above the national average.

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nurse Leadership

A post-master’s certificate in Clinical Nurse Leadership is available online. Registered nurses who already have an MSN and meet admission requirements are eligible for the program. Speak to an admissions representative for more information.

Nurse Educator Track

Learn about curriculum development, teaching strategies and methods for student and program evaluation. Graduates are prepared to teach in academic or clinical settings. Learn more about the Queens University of Charlotte Nurse Educator track.

Nurse Administrator Track

Synthesize nursing and business knowledge in diverse settings and through application of the research process. Graduates will be prepared to function as members of interdisciplinary executive level teams. Learn more about the Queens University of Charlotte Nurse Administrator track.

Designed with the Working Nurse in Mind

The online Master of Science in Nursing from Queens is much more than a standard graduate nursing degree. Faculty members create a supportive learning environment in which they act as mentors, personally engaging each student to aid in their success.

Other important features of our nursing degree program include:

  • A flexible schedule to fit in your busy life
  • Tuition that’s affordable for nurses – just $490 per credit hour*
  • The classroom portion of the program is 100 percent online – no campus residency required
  • A reasonable time commitment – earn your degree within two years

Faculty Supporting Your Success

Faculty experience and guidance is a vital part of our students’ success in the online MSN program and their post-graduation careers. Nursing Program Chair Annette Hines, RN, Ph.D., CNE, discusses how that shapes the learning environment and experience in this message.

Prepare to be a leader in your profession by advancing your nursing education through Queens' online master’s in nursing. Call us at 866-313-2356 to speak with one of our admissions advisors, or request more information.

Read the MSN Video Transcript (Click to Expand)

Amy Lane, MSN student: The benefit of the online program at Queens is the fact that I can be a full-time mother, a full-time wife, a full-time nurse, and continue my education.

Dr. Annette Hines: We were the first Clinical Nurse Leader program here in North Carolina and also the first to offer it in an online format.

Dr. Grace Buttriss: The MSN program at Queens University at Charlotte focuses on individualized and personalized attention for the students. We're all doctoral-prepared faculty. We're all Clinical Nurse Leader certified, and we expect that when our students graduate they will also become CNL certified. Hines: When a clinical nurse leader is involved in the patient's care, there have been improved patient outcomes. For example: the length of stay is decreased, patients experience less infection, and overall patients are more satisfied with their experience in the hospital.

Buttriss: There's one person on the unit who knows everything there is to know about this patient. They are the point person for this patient in all aspects of their care.

Lane: The MyCourses platform is just exceptional and it’s really easy to use.

Buttriss: We typically have six to eight students in the clinical area and no more than 15 in the classroom setting. The students have 525 clinical hours at the bedside. They’re involved in direct patient care, typically in acute care facilities but they can be in any facility. There’s no difference between the online and the seated Clinical Nurse Leader program because the students receive a lot of individualized attention from the faculty.

Lane: They give us very good constructive feedback in terms of how we’re doing, what can we work on. Hines: We’re available to them for regular office hours each week. They can reach us by email, Skype…

Lane: I feel like my relationships with my classmates are just wonderful because my classmates are all over the place, such as Texas, New York, Virginia, Dubai. On a weekly basis we do have discussions that we post to one another, and that gives me the opportunity to ask them questions and learn through their experiences. Hines: From my interactions with students, they do feel very connected to Queens and feel that they are Queens students and a part of our community.

Lane: Queens has given me a future. It has given me the opportunity to be the nurse educator that I want to be. It has given me the opportunity to advocate for my patients when they’re not able to.

*Plus fees and course materials. Tuition rates subject to change.