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2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog 
2009-2010 Georgia Health Sciences University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Nursing with a Major in Clinical Nurse Leader

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About the Program

The Clinical Nurse Leader Program prepares nurses to be clinical leaders with the skills to thrive in the current and future health care system while striving to improve client outcomes and reduce health care costs. The program is a second-degree, accelerated nursing program for individuals with a baccalaureate or higher degree in a nonnursing field.

Students are prepared for the registered nurse licensure examination and graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing degree. The CNL is a generalist (not an advanced-practice nurse) with nursing knowledge, comprehension of the infrastructure of the health care system, clinical decision-making skills, resource management strategies and the ability to manage complex information.

The CNL program has partnered with several health care institutions throughout the state to support the program’s educational efforts and provide possible career opportunities following graduation. The program and partnerships will enhance the role development of the CNL through the engagement of highly skilled clinicians, outcomes-based practice and quality improvement strategies while providing high-quality patient care in the surrounding communities throughout Georgia.

The CNL program has been fully approved by the Georgia Board of Regents and the Georgia Board of Nursing.

Program Goals

  • Provide optimal patient and family centered care that is evidence based, applied across diverse settings and throughout the life span
  • Create and sustain environments for clinical excellence in patient safety and quality outcomes
  • Serve as leaders and partners in interdisciplinary health care teams
  • Become effective decision makers using information systems and technology

Admission Requirements

Completed Online Application for Graduate Programs

Application Fee: $30

Application Deadline:  February 1 ‐ FALL entry

Note: Applications and supporting materials received after the program deadline will be considered on a space‐available basis.

GPA: Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Minimum Degree Requirement and Official Transcripts: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any area other than nursing from an accredited college or university.

Official transcripts are required from all universities and colleges ever attended. Only in the case of transcripts from international
colleges/universities will an official course‐by‐course transcript evaluation be accepted in lieu of an official transcript.

Official transcripts should be sent to MCG’s Office of Academic Admission as part of your “Admissions Packet”. To remain official, all transcripts must remain in the original, unopened, sealed and stamped/signed envelope from the Registrar’s office of the issuing institution. Alternatively, transcripts can be mailed to MCG’s Office of Academic Admission directly from the Registrar’s office
of the issuing institution.

Transcript/Credential Evaluation of Foreign Transcripts: An official, professional course‐by‐course evaluation is required for all foreign
educational transcripts and documents from one of the following three credentials evaluation services: Josef Silny & Associates, Inc., World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)

References: References/recommendations from three individuals are required using the Admissions Reference Form for Graduate Programs at the Medical College of Georgia. References should be individuals qualified to assess your prior academic, employment, artistic, research and/or clinical experience, qualifications and potential, as applicable.

GRE Requirements: Minimum combined Verbal and Quantitative score of 900. Official GRE scores are required (only the General GRE test is required).

All official GRE scores must be submitted to MCG’s OAA directly from the Education Testing Service (ETS) and must be less than five years old. The institution code for submission of GRE scores to MCG is 5406. Please do not select a department code.

Millers Analogy Test (MAT) exam scores with a minimum score of 400 will be accepted in place of GRE exam scores; test must be taken within the last 5 years.

TOEFL Exam Scores: Minimum score of 550 paper‐based, 213computer based or 79 internet based.

Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores are required for applicants whose first language is not English. The institution code for submission of TOEFL scores to MCG is 5406.  Please do not select a department code. 

Exemption from the TOEFL requirement is allowed for graduate students who submit proof of earning a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college/university where English is the language of instruction.

Program Specific Requirements

Pre‐requisite course work:

  • Anatomy and Physiology (8 credits), completed within the last 10 years
  • Microbiology (3 credits) completed within the last 10 years
  • Biochemistry (3 credits) OR Other Chemistry (6 credits)
  • Statistics (3 credits)
  • General Psychology (3 credits)
  • Human Growth and Development ‐ Lifespan (3 credits)

Personal Interview: Interviews by invitation only. Applicants will be selected for an interview based on an initial review of submitted application materials. Selected applicants will be notified directly by the program.

Resume or CV

Admission Recommendations

 No additional recommendations

* Substitutions and/or waivers of minimum requirements must first be supported and approved at the program level and then formally approved by the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

* While every effort is made to maintain this information as current, it may be subject to change. Please check with MCG’s Office of Academic Admission for recent updates.

* Applications deferred to another semester are subject to all admission requirements and program requirements in effect for the semester to which they are deferred.

How to Apply

Online Application for Graduate Programs

Office of Academic Admissions
170 Kelly Building-Administration
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Georgia 30912
Telephone: 706-721-2725
Toll-free: 800-519-3388
Fax: 706-721-7279

Estimated Tuition and Fees

 For estimated tuition and fees, please see the Tuition and Fees  section of this catalog.

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