Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Overview

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What is CNL Certification?

Certification is a process by which a non-governmental agency validates an individual nurse’s qualifications for practice based on pre-defined standards. The purpose of the CNL Certification is to create a unique credential for graduates of master's and post-master's CNL programs.  Candidates who meet all eligibility requirements and pass the CNL Certification Examination will earn the credential of “CNL”.

The CNL certification is based upon a national standard of requisite knowledge and experiences, thereby assisting employers, the public and members of the health professions in the assessment of a CNL.

Graduate education is necessary because the CNL must bring a high level of clinical competence and knowledge to the point of care and serve as a resource for the nursing team.



Question? Contact CNC’s Staff at cnl@aacn.nche.edu.