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Clinical Nurse Leader Certificate

CNL Certificate Admission Requirements

Students applying to the CNL Certificate must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of the master’s degree in nursing with evidence of coursework in advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and advanced health assessment.
  • Graduate GPA of 3.0 higher.
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse.
  • Completed 3 credit statistics course either as entry requirement for MSN or as part of graduate study.

CNL Certificate Admission Process

Students applying to the CNL Certificate must complete/submit the following:

  • Submit two reference letters from professional colleagues or supervisors via email to
  • Submit copy of current RN license to the UW Oshkosh College of Nursing Graduate Program via email (

CNL Certificate Curriculum

Students begin coursework in the spring semester and take 4 semesters to complete the requirements.

Students must take the following courses:

Semester 1 (fall)

  • 746 Quality Improvement & Safety (2 credits)

Semester 2 (spring)

  • 761 CNL Practicum I (2 credits) (minimum 112 hours)
  • 763 Quality in the Clinical Nurse Leader Role (3 credits)

Semester 3 (fall)

  • 757 CNL Practicum II (2 credits) (minimum 112 hours)
  • 762 Leadership in the CNL Role (2 credits)

Semester 4 (spring)

  • 759 CNL Immersion Practicum (3 credits) (minimum 300 hours)