College of Nursing

Direct-Entry Graduate Clinical Nurse Leader

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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. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree. Graduates of the CNL program are eligible to sit for the CNL certification exam, may decide to pursue a graduate certificate to enter an advanced practice role as a nurse practitioner, or they may opt to pursue a doctor of nursing practice (D.N.P.) or doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

The clinical nurse leader program includes:
  • 66 semester credit hours
  • 660 clinical clock hours
  • 90 lab clock hours

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Program Outcomes

Admission Requirements

  • Applications are completed through NursingCAS and by submitting a nursing supplemental application to The University of Toledo at

  • Prerequisites:
    • 3.0 undergraduate GPA
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 semester hours) Must earn a “B” or higher.
    • Psychology (3 semester hours)
    • Social Science elective (3 semester hours).
  • Students are admitted to the master of science in nursing graduate-entry clinical nurse leader track in the fall and proceed in a cohort for five consecutive semesters. This track is only offered full-time. 
  • Click here for more information about how to apply/deadlines.

Typical Plan of Study

Semester I
NURS 5040 – Health Assessment and the Nursing Process for Promoting Health (60 lab hours, 30 clinical hours) (6)
NURS 5050 – Health Sciences I (3)
NURS 5060 - Professional Socialization I (3)
NURS 5070 - Therapeutic Communication Skills for Nurses (30 clinical hours) (3)
Total Credit Hours (15)

Semester II NURS 5140 – Designing Nursing Systems to Promote Self Care (90 clinical hours) (6)
NURS 5250 – Health Sciences II (3)
NURS 5670 – Pharmacology (3)
NURS 5160 – Professional Socialization II (3)
Total Credit Hours (15)

Semester III
NURS 5240 – Designing Nursing Systems for Compromised Health States (120 clinical hours) (6)
INDI 6000 – Introduction to Biostatistical Methods (3)
Total Credit Hours (9)

Semester IV
NURS 5440 – Population-Focused Nursing Care (90 clinical hours) (6)
NURS 6070 – Advanced Communication Skills and Group Dynamics (30 lab hours) (3)
NURS 5910 – Advanced Nursing Research (3)
Total Credit Hours (12)

Semester V
NURS 5540 – Advanced Practicum in Nursing Systems Design (300 clinical hours) (12)
CAPSTONE – Thesis, Comprehensive Exam or Field Experience (3)
Total Credit Hours (15)



The master's degree program in nursing at the University of Toledo is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Upon successful completion of the CNL track, graduates are prepared to apply for a license as a RN and take the National Council Licensing Exam - Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) and sit for the CNL certification exam. 

The University of Toledo College of Nursing clinical nurse leader track has full approval by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Last Updated: 1/13/20