Master of Science in Nursing Program

Clinical Nurse Leader


bg_nursing2018_md.pngThe MSN in Clinical Nurse Leader prepares registered nurses to serve as clinical unit leaders and mentors, to oversee the care coordination of a distinct group of patients, and actively provide direct patient care. This clinician puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery. This clinician also collects and evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. This clinician often functions as the leader of an interdisciplinary team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other health care professionals, including physicians, pharmacists, social workers, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners across and within various settings. Graduates are eligible for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam.

Total Units: 31

If you have any questions about the Clinical Nurse Leader program, please contact Cathleen Mumper, Director of Student Services, at (619) 260-4548 or

Donald Laurino, MSN, CCRN, CMSRN, PHN, RN-BC

“The time I have spent at University of San Diego was truly one of the best academic experiences of my life. USD’s competitive nursing program prepared me to assume a leadership role to lead change, promote health, and improve nursing care at various levels of nursing practice setting. The school’s stellar professors stimulated my intellectual curiosity, critical-thinking, and increased my understanding of the significance of evidence-based practice in today’s ever-evolving healthcare delivery system. I greatly appreciate the school’s leadership and inspiration, commitment to academic excellence, and high-quality nursing education. I’m proud to be a graduate of University of San Diego!”-Donald Laurino, MSN, CCRN, CMSRN, PHN, RN-BC