Way to Earning Your MSN

Are you a nurse who is just starting out on the path to earning your MSN in Clinical Leadership? Or do you want to know everything there is about becoming a clinical nurse leader before enrolling in a master’s degree program? Registered nurses, who feel as though they can help more people in an upper management role, would benefit immensely by earning their degree in clinical nursing. If that sounds like a career you would be interested in, then you should read this quick guide to earning this master’s degree.

What Do I Need to Enroll in the MSN Program?

First, to be eligible to enroll in a clinical leadership program, you must be an active, licensed registered nurse in your state. The admissions process is highly selective, depending on which school you choose to attend, so you need to be properly prepared before you send in your admissions application. For the master’s degree program in clinical leadership, you must send your official transcripts from your previous schooling. You also need to have a GPA of 3.0 or above. In addition to these requirements, you also need to provide at least two letters of recommendation, as well as a personal statement, your current resume and an official copy of your professional nursing license.

What Type of Financial Aid Do I Qualify For?

When you decide to enroll in a master’s program in clinical leadership in nursing (or any other master’s program) you can talk to your financial aid or admissions counselor to review your financial aid options. Chances are, you are familiar with the different types of financial aid that are available to you, but if it’s been a decade or two and you’re returning to the world of higher education, then you may need a refresher course. You will need to fill out a FAFSA, also known as the Free Application for Student Aid. This will determine how much federal financial aid you can receive to go towards your master’s degree tuition.

The federal government offers subsidized and unsubsidized student loans; you may be eligible for additional grants and scholarships that are offered through the school, too. If you need additional funds to pay for your tuition, then you can ask your present employer if they have a tuition reimbursement program or you can opt to take out private student loans. However, you need to keep one crucial thing in mind about private student loans:  they have higher interest rates and stringent repayment terms.

What if I Don’t Want To Stop Working Full-Time?

You don’t have to:  a great thing about earning your MSN degree is that you can do it while you are working full-time as a RN, because there are plenty of online programs available. You can complete the assignments on your own time and work around your busy schedule. All you need to do is simply complete the courses to the best of your ability by the due dates that are listed in the course syllabus. Earning your degree online is easier than traveling to a traditional college campus and sitting in a classroom for hours as well:  commuting may not be an option with your busy work schedule. You can read the materials whenever you have the chance and complete the assignments from the comfort of your own home.  It’s quite plausible to earn your MSN in Clinical Leadership in just two years,should you choose to attend on a full-time basis.

You are now somewhat more familiar with the overview of how a MSN in Clinical Leadership works, as well as the requirements and the possible financial aid options. If you are passionate about both helping and leading people, then a career as a clinical nurse leader is a viable option for you.


Amy Bryant is enrolled in a nursing masters program online, which allows her to keep working as a pediatric nurse full-time. She has been passionate about medicine ever since she was a volunteer at a children’s hospital in high school.