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Nurse Leader

Build on your experience in healthcare to develop nursing leadership skills and competencies.

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You must be a licensed registered nurse or have completed an associate degree of nursing to apply for the program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a bachelor's degree in a closely related field to apply for this program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree to apply for this program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree or a master's degree in a healthcare related field.

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Online Nurse Leader Track Highlights

<p>Complete your coursework online with 24/7 tech support and access to LinkedIn Learning</p>

Complete your coursework online with 24/7 tech support and access to LinkedIn Learning

<p>Develop leadership skills through coursework in leadership models, management of healthcare systems, and more</p>

Develop leadership skills through coursework in leadership models, management of healthcare systems, and more

<p>Multiple starts throughout the year with flexible online classes </p>

Multiple starts throughout the year with flexible online classes 

<p>Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation</p>

Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation

Why a Nurse Leader Track?

Clinical nurse leaders play an essential role in keeping nursing teams working together effectively and efficiently to optimize patient care.

Through our nurse leadership tracks, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about a variety of relevant topics including leadership models, implementation of healthcare systems, strategic planning, and more. If you have a passion for leading and organizing others, the nurse leadership tracks can be an exciting course of study that help you develop useful skills.

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Online Nurse Leader Program Tracks

WCU offers multiple programs with a nurse leadership specialty to help you develop leadership skills for the healthcare industry.

Additional Information About our Specialized Nurse Leadership Degree

With our Nurse Leader tracks, you will:

  • Develop leadership skills and learn about healthcare management
  • Build a foundation to take on new nursing leadership roles
  • Get support from our clinical relations coordinators
  • Receive 24-hour access to library and courses
  • Get access to our simulation labs in our California and Texas campuses

Nurse Leader Curriculum

Preview your course of study. Your curriculum will vary depending on what program and pace (Accelerated or Working Professional) you choose. We recommend reviewing your prospective curriculum in detail, so you know what to expect.

RN-MSN
MSN
Post-Master’s

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Total program cost varies between the accelerated and working professional program paces. Either way, if tuition is an obstacle, WCU financial aid and/or scholarship options might be available to help you move forward. Adjusted tuition is also available to active and former military members. To see tuition breakdowns and estimated supply costs, Click Here to learn more

To apply for financial aid assistance or scholarships, we recommend applying alongside your admissions application in order for your consideration to be processed on your intended timeline. Learn More.

Support for Students Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of class. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Our Career Services department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online students and graduates.

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

An advanced nursing degree helps prepare you to take on new nursing opportunities. Clinical nurse leaders are needed wherever nurses work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, RNs work in a variety of settings, including:

  • Hospitals (state, local, and private)
  • Ambulatory healthcare services
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Government
  • Educational services1

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses

FAQs
Is the Nurse Leader track right for me?

Students who have the passion for leading teams and helping motivate others might find the nurse leader track to be a rewarding course of study. It is designed to help you develop leadership skills while instilling important knowledge on healthcare systems.

Will my previous coursework transfer into the nurse leader track programs?

We can evaluate your previous coursework for credit. Your advisor will work with you to determine what credits can transfer into your chosen program.

How long does it take to complete the programs?

Time-to-completion will very on what program and pace you choose:

  • MSN (Accelerated Pace) – 24 months
  • RN to MSN (Accelerated Pace) – 24 months
  • RN to MSN (Working Professional Pace) – 36 months
  • Post-Master’s Certificate – 12 months
What is a MSN Clinical Nurse Leader?

An MSN Nurse Leader is a specialized degree track that helps graduates develop strong leadership skills. WCU's online MSN Nurse Leader program builds on graduates' previous knowledge with online coursework that prepares them to lead healthcare organizations.

Can I get an MSN Clinical Nurse Leader degree online?

With WCU, you can complete your MSN Nurse Leader coursework online through our flexible online MSN Nurse Leader program.

What can you do with a MSN in nursing leadership?

Nurse leaders take on a variety of roles in different healthcare settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse leaders can be found working in hospitals, ambulatory services, nursing care facilities, governmental positions, and more.

What is the role of a clinical nurse leader?

Nurse leaders play a critical role in maintaining effective nursing team environments. They rely on strategic planning, leadership models, and healthcare system implementation to optimize patient care.

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WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

Financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify.

WCU distance education programs are delivered out of the Orange County and Texas campuses and may not be available to residents in all states.

Practice experience is required in order to graduate from the RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN, DNP degree and Post-Master's certificate programs.