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Clinical Nurse Leaders (CNLs) are leaders in the health care delivery system who manage at the point of care, and assume an advanced generalist's clinical practical role. CNLs function within a microsystem and assume responsibility for healthcare outcomes for a specific group of clients through assimilation and application of research-based information to design, implement, and evaluate plans of care. CNLs are providers and managers of care and facilitate lateral integration of clinical services.

Semester for Admission

Submit application and all transcripts to the Office of Admissions no later than


May 1


September 15

Summer (Houston campus only)

February 1

Core Requirements

The clinical nurse leader track requires 40 credit hours. The following courses must be completed by all clinical nurse leader students:

Core Requirements

credit hours

N5013: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice


N5024: Research and Quality Improvement in Nursing


N5644: Advanced Assessment/Differential Diagnosis


B5333: Advanced Pathophysiology


N5663: Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Nursing Practice


N5003: Health Policy and Promotion




Additional Requirements in Specialty Area

CNL Clinical Courses

credit hours

NURS 5016: Clinical Nurse Leader I

6 hrs.

NURS 5026: Clinical Nurse Leader II

6 hrs.

NURS 5034: Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion Experience I

4 hrs.

NURS 5044: Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion Experience II

4 hrs.


20 hrs.

Before You Apply

All applicants must meet:

Additional requirements vary by program.  

How to Apply to the CNL Program

  1. Apply online to TWU at
  2. Submit official transcripts from each accredited college or university you have attended, to the address below:
     TWU Office of Admissions Processing
     P.O. Box 425649
     Denton, TX 76204
    o Transcripts may be electronic or printed. 
    o Electronic transcripts must be sent through a secured system directly to TWU from the sending institution. 
    o Printed transcripts must be sent to TWU directly from the institution or delivered personally in a sealed envelope from the institution. 
    o Any sign of tampering will render the transcript unofficial and invalid. 
    o If you are a TWU College of Nursing BSN graduate, then you will not have to submit those transcripts. 
    o For more information regarding transcripts, please visit Student Records.
  3. Submit scores for the Graduate Record Examination(GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). We currently do not require a minimum score for the GRE/MAT. Students that hold an advanced degree are not required to take the GRE/MAT.


Dr. Susan Mellott, PhD, RN 
MS ACE Coordinator 
(713) 794-2100

page last updated 11/30/2016 11:27 AM