College of Nursing

BSN to Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)


All graduate application materials are submitted through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) A supplemental application is also required and can be found at Program admission cycle information posted at

The BSN to Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) major is a two year course of study. The program is for BSN prepared nurses who wish to pursue graduate study at the generalist level. The CNL program prepares RN's to focus on improving health care outcomes by providing evidence-based practice and assuming leadership at point-of-care by providing a curriculum that includes didactic and clinical course work, practice immersion, leadership and scholarly activities. The curriculum includes 420 hours for clinical practice and selected laboratory experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions about the MSN program

Admission Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate from an accredited college/university. Degree in nursing from a school that is accredited by a nationally recognized body for nursing education accreditation.

  • Overall grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate work.

  • Submission of official transcripts from all academic institutions to NursingCAS.

  • Personal statement describing career goals, future plans for employment and expectations for graduate study.
    • Submit your personal statement via the "Personal Statement" section of the NursingCAS, title it "University of Toledo" *
  • Current resume or CV, listing current state and/or territory RN license number.
    • Upload a copy of your current resume or CV in the "Documents Upload" section of NursingCAS. *
  • Three recommendations completed by professional sources (Master in Nursing preferred)
    • To be submitted electronically on your behalf via the "References" section of NursingCAS.
  • Active unrestricted unencumbered Ohio RN license.

  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course recommended.

  • Computer competency that includes word processing skills and ability to communicate electronically.

  • The Graduate Record Exam (General Subject GRE) and TOEFL* or IELTS* are required for international applicants. *Minimum required tests scores:
    • All official GRE, TOEFL or IELTS results must be sent directly from the respective GRE, TOEFL or IELTS organization to The University of Toledo (institutional code 1845).
  • Interview, if requested.

  • Admission is competitive. Students are admitted to the BSN to CNL program Spring Semester only.

  • Students are required to authorize The University of Toledo to obtain criminal record checks (i.e., BCII and FBI) and are responsible for fingerprinting expenses. Students must declare and document misdemeanor and/or felony offenses that occur prior to admission to the nursing program and/or during program progression. In compliance with Ohio Revised Code 4723-7 convictions will result in denial of admission to the program or dismissal after matriculation.

  • Applications are completed through Nursing CAS: and by submitting a supplemental application to: The University of Toledo

*Applicants must attach the file on designations page to The University of Toledo in order for the school to have access to the file.

The University of Toledo College of Nursing is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing and nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, (202) 887.6791. Graduates of the advanced practice programs are qualified to take national certification examinations in their specialty areas and are eligible to apply for Certificates of Authority granted by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

View the Graduate Nursing Program Application Process and Checklist


Semester I - Spring
Course # Course Title


NURS5160 Professional Socialization II


NURS5250 Health Science II


NURS5670 Pharmacology


Semester II - Summer
INDI6000 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods


NURS5330 Health Assessment


Semester III - Fall
NURS5440 Population Focused Nursing Care (90 clinical hours)


NURS6070 Advanced Communication Skills and Group Dynamics (30 lab hours) 3
NURS5910  Advanced Nursing Research


Semester IV - Spring
NURS5540 Advanced Practicum in Nursing Systems Design (300 clinical hours)


CAPSTONE  Thesis, Comprehensive Exam, or Field Experience


Total Semester Credits  42

Last Updated: 7/27/17