College of Nursing

Graduate-Entry Clinical Nurse Leader Program


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

Preparing clinical nurse leaders for today's complex health care delivery systems the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program at The University of Toledo is ideal for the goal-directed person who seeks a career as a professional registered nurse in the dynamic field of health care. It is designed for the person who holds a bachelor's degree, who is not yet a registered nurse (RN), but who desires to become a RN.  Graduates of baccalaureate programs as diverse as mechanical engineering, biology, or music are welcome to apply.

The curriculum includes theory classes prepared by the graduate faculty of The University of Toledo (UT) College of Nursing, as well as clinical experiences with patients in state-of-the-art health care facilities. Graduates are prepared as Clinical Nurse Leaders who are nurse generalists. 

Upon successful completion of the two-year, full-time Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program of study, graduates are prepared to apply for a license as a registered nurse and to take the National Council Licensing Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN). More information about licensure is available through the Ohio Board of Nursing website ( 

This master's program positions graduates for immediate entry into exciting positions in hospitals or clinics, and also provides an opportunity to continue graduate study. Graduates may elect to pursue a graduate certificate to enter an advanced practice role as a nurse practitioner, or they may decide to pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree or the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

Frequently Asked Questions about the CNL program

Admission Requirements:

  1. Baccalaureate from an accredited college/university.

  2. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher in undergraduate work.

  3. Please send all official college/university transcripts including post secondary course work to NursingCAS.

  4. 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" *
  5. Current resume or CV.
    • Upload a copy of your current resume or CV in the "Documents Upload" section of NursingCAS. *
  6. Three recommendations completed by professional sources
    • To be submitted electronically on your behalf via the "References" section of NursingCAS.
  7. The Graduate Record Examination (General Subject GRE) and TOEFL* are required for international applicants. *Minimum required test scores:

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

  9. Prerequisites:
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 semester hours). Must earn a "B" or better.
    • Psychology (3 semester hours).
    • Social Science elective (3 semester hours)
  10. Interview, if requested.

  11. All CNL students will be full time graduate students, admission is competitive.
    • Students are admitted to the Master of Science in Nursing Graduate-Entry Clinical Nurse Leader program in the Fall or Spring Semester and proceed in a cohort for five consecutive semesters.

    • NOTE: Due to the limited number of positions available, each CNL applicant offered admission will submit a $300 reservation deposit along with their letter of intent to attend The University of Toledo within two weeks following notification of admission. This fee is refundable up to June 1st. This deposit then will be applied to the individual's fall semester tuition.
  12. Students are required to authorize The University of Toledo to obtain criminal record checks (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.

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

View the Graduate Nursing Program Application Process and Checklist


Semester I 
Course # Course Title Credit
NURS5040 Health Assessment and the Nursing Process for Promoting Health (60 lab hours, 30 clinical hours)


NURS5050 Health Sciences I


NURS5060 Professional Socialization I


NURS5070 Therapeutic Communication Skills for Nurses


Semester II 
NURS5140 Designing Nursing Systems to Promote Self-Care (90 clinical hours)


NURS5250 Health Sciences II


NURS5670 Pharmacology


NURS5160 Professional Socialization II


Semester III 
NURS5240 Designing Nursing Systems for Compromised Health States (120 clinical hours)


INDI6000 Introduction to Biostatistical Methods


Semester IV 
NURS5440 Population Focused Nursing Care (90 clinical hours)



Advanced Communication Skills and Group Dynamics (30 lab hours)


NURS5910 Advanced Nursing Research


Semester V 
NURS5540 Advanced Practicum in Nursing Systems Design (300 clinical hours)


NURSXXXX Thesis, Comprehensive Exam or Field Experience


Total Semester Credits 66
660 Clinical Clock Hours

Last Updated: 11/30/18