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Graduate Bulletin

Nursing, M.S.N.

Concentration: Clinical Nurse Leader


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: February 15

Spring: October 15

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from employers, professional colleagues, and/or college faculty members.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

Successful completion of prior coursework in Nursing is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree in Nursing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 is needed to apply to the M.S.N. program.  An individual with an R.N. license and a baccalaureate degree in another discipline is eligible to apply to the M.S.N. program upon completion of a series of four courses, referred to as the “Transition Program,” with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words in length and include the following: the reason for your interest in a graduate degree; why you are interested in Temple's program; and your future career goals.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required. Scores are expected to be at or above the 50th percentile. To qualify for a waiver of the GRE or MAT requirement, the applicant must have either an:

    • undergraduate GPA greater than 3.25
    • cumulative GPA of 3.25 in three graduate core courses if undergraduate GPA is less than or equal to 3.24
    • graduate degree in another discipline

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


Applicants are required to interview with Dolores M. Zygmont, Ph.D., R.N., by calling 215-707-5018.


A professional resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into the Graduate Nursing Program. The course must be equivalent to coursework offered at Temple, and the grade must be a "B" or better to transfer. The decision is made by the Associate Chair of Graduate Education in conjunction with the faculty responsible for the course in question. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.


Copies of the applicant's current nursing license must be provided with the application packet.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 40

Required Courses:

Core Courses (18 credits):

HRP 5200:  Clinical Pharmacology

NURS 5501:  Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing of Families and Individuals

NURS 5553:  Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice

NURS 5558:  Local and Global Perspectives in Population Health

NURS 5901:  Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice

NURS 5902:  Evidence-Based Practice

Specialty Courses (22 credits):

NURS 5552:  Health Assessment and Clinical Diagnosis

NURS 8201:  Health Indices of Urban Populations in Primary Health Care

NURS 8211:  Leadership and Health Policy in Clinical Nursing

NURS 8302:  Managing Quality Initiatives Through Nursing Quality Initiatives

NURS 8303:  Health Economics and Information Systems in Primary Health Care

NURS 9585:  Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum

NURS 9586:  Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

During NURS 9585: Clinical Nurse Leader Practicum, the student develops an evidence-based project in consultation with a committee composed of a clinical preceptor and faculty.  During NURS 9586: Clinical Nurse Leader Immersion, the student implements the evidence-based project and evaluates the impact on client outcomes.

Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Dept. of Nursing

Graduate Education
College of Health Professions and Social Work
3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140


Department Contacts:



Program Coordinator:

Dolores M. Zygmont, Ph.D., R.N.



Graduate Chairperson:

Dolores M. Zygmont, Ph.D., R.N.



Frances Ward, Ph.D., C.R.N.P.

David R. Devereaux, Chair and Professor



About the Program

Graduate nursing education strongly reflects the values and goals of Nursing and the broad mission of Temple University. The M.S.N. in Nursing, with a concentration as Clinical Nurse Leader, prepares the professional nurse to function as an advanced generalist whose focus is to improve client outcomes, regardless of the setting.  The curriculum prepares the individual in risk and safety assessment from an individual client perspective.  The graduate of this program is also prepared to examine population data trends and organization systems to develop programs that impact a broader population.  Graduate education fosters the development of independent and collaborative problem solving. Graduate faculty are committed to academic excellence, critical thinking, and the use of scientific knowledge in decision making. The environment promotes intellectual dialogue and fosters individual growth to impact both nursing and clients.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Campus Location:

Health Sciences

Core courses are offered on the HSC campus, online, or as a hybrid.


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students can attend as either full-time or part-time students. Classes are offered between 4:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. 

Department Information:

Dept. of Nursing

Graduate Education
College of Health Professions and Social Work
3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140


Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



Not applicable.


The Department of Nursing is accredited for 10 years, through 2012, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Areas of Specialization:

The M.S.N. in Nursing is offered with two concentrations:  Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator. 

Job Placement:

Graduates of the program are employed in a variety of diverse settings, including both inpatient and outpatient settings affiliated with hospitals and clinics.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students can take a total of 9 graduate credits prior to matriculation, although they must submit a complete application before registering for their third course. Only the following courses may be taken while a non-matriculated student: NURS 5501: Theories for Advanced Practice Nursing of Families and Individuals; NURS 5553: Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice; NURS 5558: Local and Global Perspectives in Population Health; NURS 5901: Statistics for Evidence-Based Practice; and NURS 5902: Evidence-Based Practice.

Financing Opportunities

Funds are available to matriculated students who are in specialty courses and nearing program completion.

Updated 2.16.10