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Clinical Nurse Leader
Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Pre-licensure Master’s Program: Clinical Nurse Leader

This program is an on-campus fast track for non-nurses with bachelor’s degrees. Our students become advanced nurse generalists. They learn to communicate and coordinate care across a range of settings, to integrate evidence-based practice and to solve problems with critical thinking. As the first direct-entry master’s nursing program in New Jersey, our C.N.L. model is perfect for motivated, dedicated students. It takes two years or six semesters (including summers) to complete this cohort-based program. Graduates are prepared to provide direct care and manage outcomes in any setting. They are leaders, collaborators and patient advocates. Our students are qualified to sit for the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Clinical Nurse Leader exam, and after they graduate, they take the NCLEX-R.N.

The application deadline for Fall 2021 is May 15th. Apply today »

*The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Seton Hall University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.


  • TOP 75 US News Ranking Graduate Nursing Programs
  • 80% Full-time Faculty with Doctoral Degrees
  • 12% Male Graduate Nursing Students
  • 20k+ Projected Shortage of Primary Care Physicians
Students By the Numbers Nursing
Heather Heil Linsalata, M.S.N. '12, R.N., C.N.L.

"The emphasis on patient values and care is what really sets Seton Hall apart. The CNL program elevates your critical thinking through evidence based practice. It's a family oriented environment with the one-on-one attention that encourages you to challenge yourself and become your best. My former classmates and faculty are still trusted colleagues and friends."

Heather Heil Linsalata, M.S.N. ’12, R.N., C.N.L.
Emergency Room Nurse, Morristown Medical Center


This program is a generic M.S.N., which means that graduates will not specialize in any one field and will be entry-level when they begin to practice. Students study evidence-based practice, informatics, resource management, pharmacology and many other areas. We also emphasize hands-on learning through clinical experiences and our simulation and skills labs. Students work in a variety of clinical settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, community health agencies and hospice care.

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Our faculty members are the backbone of the College of Nursing. They connect with other professional nurses - both nationally and internationally - to stay at the forefront of nursing practice. They actively conduct research at Seton Hall, all while working with students to help them reach their full potential.

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Judith Lothian
Graduate Chair and Professor - Graduate Dept.
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Beth Jameson
Assistant Professor
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Where Nurses Are Inspired To Become Leaders

Seton Hall University's College of Nursing has a mission to educate practitioners of nursing - from baccalaureate-prepared generalists to advanced practitioners - who aspire to be innovators and leaders in the nursing profession. The college established its graduate program in 1975, its Ph.D. program in 2006 and its Doctor of Nursing Practice program in 2009. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College's graduate nursing programs among the top nursing programs nationwide.

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Gabriele Zengewald
Director of Graduate Admissions and Compliance
(973) 761-9583

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