2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    Nov 25, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader Concentration, MSN

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The RN-MSN program consists of two components. The first component is for the registered nurse with an Associate degree or diploma who wants to articulate into an MSN program. The MSN component is for BS prepared nurses (from the LC RN-BSN track or another approved BSN program). The MSN curriculum consists of 38 credit hours with a Clinical Nurse Leader concentration. There are 600 clinical immersion hours to round out the advanced practice requirements.

  Part-time 3-5 hours/semester 3-4 years to complete
  Full-time 6 hours/semester 2 years to complete

The MSN degree is a non-thesis degree but requires completion of two capstone immersion clinical courses under the preceptorship of an MSN prepared registered nurse. The curriculum is designed to help facilitate the graduate in passing the certification examination.

Division of Nursing Mission

The mission of the DON is to offer courses of professional study from a Christian perspective that builds upon the liberal arts to prepare safe, competent generalist nurses who will collaborate with members of the healthcare team to provide holistic, evidenced-based, patient centered care.

Graduate Program Outcomes

The graduate program objectives, below, are based on national competencies and are congruent with the undergraduate objectives.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and related sciences, societal issues and trends, healthcare delivery systems, and finances to interpret patterns and trends within a specified healthcare microsystem in order to deliver safe, competent, comprehensive healthcare.
  • Demonstrate a leadership role in collaborating with members of the interprofessional team in developing, implementing, and evaluating care for a specified healthcare microsystem.
  • Demonstrate effective written, oral, and technological communication abilities.
  • Facilitate interdisciplinary care within the context of a Christian worldview that fosters respect for diverse populations.
  • Create awareness of professional role development through the avenues of evidence-based practice, graduate education, and lifelong learning.
  • Advocate for the role of the Clinical Nurse Leader as manager and coordinator of care for an individual or cohort.

(Adapted from AACN CNL competencies of 2013).

MSN Program Admission Requirements

Admission requirements specific to the MSN program are as follows:

  • Must hold an unencumbered US registered nursing license(s),
  • No state board or legal action against licensure in any state,
  • Earned BSN from an accredited nursing program,
  • GPA of > 2.6 on BSN last 30 hours of upper level coursework,
  • Undergraduate courses in assessment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, statistics, and nursing research,
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended,
  • An onsite essay or essay proctored by ProctorU ,
  • While experience is not required, related practice experience may make the applicant more competitive.

International or students whose primary language is nor English must have the following:

  • BSN or its equivalent,
  • Current US registered nursing license,
  • Proficiency in speaking, writing, and reading English (See LC ToFEL requirements).

The curriculum schema and course sequence for the MSN program:

Semester Offered

MSN Program Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for the MSN program are as follows:

  • Fifty percent of coursework must be at the 600-course level,
  • The program of study must be completed within 5-years of admission,
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher,
  • Submit a degree application


The MSN program is approved by SACSCOC. The Division of Nursing is seeking approval by CCNE.

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