2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Feb 27, 2020  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Clinical Nurse Leadership Certificate

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Minton, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing
Department of Graduate Nursing
Wagner Hall 217, Box 2275
E-mail: SDSU.gradnursing@sdstate.edu

Program Information

The Post Masters Clinical Nurse Leadership certificate is focused on integrating the vital work of Clinical Nurse Leaders into every hospital. This certificate program is designed for nurses who currently hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education or Nursing Administration or Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Courses for the certificate are designed to meet the national AACN requirements for the student to become a certified Clinical Nurse Leader and assist students to meet the following CNL competencies: Critical thinking; Communication; Health Assessment; Nursing Technology and Resource Management; Health Promotion, Risk Reduction, and Disease Prevention; Illness and Disease Management;  Information and Health Care Technologies; Ethics; Human Diversity; Global Health Care; Health Care Systems and Policy; Provider and Manager of Care; Designer/Manager/Coordinator of Care, and; Member of a Profession.

Program Outcomes

To prepare Clinical Nurse Leaders, Nurse Educators, and Family Nurse Practitioners who:

  • apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
  • engage in life-long learning, and
  • serve South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world in urban, rural, and frontier health care settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Display competence within the legal scope of practice for chosen specialization. 
  • Evaluate and utilize research within advanced nursing practice. 
  • Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor health care to the diverse lifeways of clients. 

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure


The post-graduate APRN certificate at South Dakota State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Course Delivery Format

The program coursework is delivered online and includes a field-based practicum.

Total Required Credits: 17


  • The Post-Master’s Clinical Nurse Leader Certification program of study is individualized. Interested applicants will contact the graduate nursing department to discuss options.
  • The following graduate level courses are required pre-requisites for admission to the Certificate Program: Advanced Physical Assessment (Lifespan), Advanced Pathophysiology (Lifespan), Advanced Pharmacology / Pharmacotherapeutics (Lifespan). If these were not completed within the previous five years, students may be required to repeat them.
  • For additional information, refer to the Graduate Nursing Department webpage.

Additional Admission Requirements

GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 600 paper-based, 100 Internet-based, OR
IELTS: 7.0 total band

In addition to meeting basic requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for graduate study in nursing must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program with an upper division major in nursing with a “B” average (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system).
  • Master’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program with a “B” average (3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system).
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to first clinical lab or within first year of program.
  • Completed approved statistical methods course within the past 5 years.
  • Completed and verified application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Compliance requirements: Background check, FBI rolled fingerprint, drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification for FNP specialization ,professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.
  • Interview with graduate faculty for FNP specialization only.
  • Completion of written response to questions regarding educational goals, scholarly practice interest and desired practice career.

Additional Information

Students enrolled in SDSU certificate programs are not eligible for federal student financial aid. The non-federal alternative loan programs may be used for students meeting the lender criteria as found at www.sdstate.edu (search alternative loans). For further information, please contact the SDSU financial aid office at 605-688-4695 or finaid@sdstate.edu.

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