Program Overview

As health care needs have grown exponentially, so have the roles and responsibilities of nurses. There's never been a more pressing demand for rigorously prepared nurses with the capability to lead across the full spectrum of clinical services.  Earning your degree through our all-online program lets you fulfill your work and family obligations without giving up advancement potential or a world-class education.

Our Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program - a concentration of the Master of Science in nursing degree - builds on your nursing education and clinical experience, preparing you for advanced nursing practice and providing you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Design, provide, manage and coordinate services in health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and illness management
  • Function across clinical settings to meet the demands of a complex care delivery system
  • Lead intra- and interdisciplinary health care teams
  • Supervise the application of research information and the efficient use of resources to improve outcomes and effect organizational change
  • Lay the foundation for future doctoral education

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

    Requirements

    A BSN degree is required.

    Coursework predominantly online with some campus visits required.

    Restrictions

    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is presently not accepting applications or registrations for online courses, degrees or certificate programs from residents of Alabama and Arkansas.

    School Overview

    As a leader in nursing education for over 60 years, the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst prepares candidates to enter the nursing profession at the baccalaureate level, master’s, and doctoral levels while also developing vital nurse educators and researchers to inform and educate future generations of nursing students. An extensive faculty with published nursing research, advanced clinical skills, and innovative approaches to teach, engage and challenge students through various modes of learning including state-of-the-art technology.

    At the College of Nursing at UMass Amherst:

    • Foundation courses in the sciences and humanities form the basis of the nursing major, 
    • The baccalaureate program integrates core knowledge, core competencies, and role development appropriate for the undergraduate level of nursing education
    • The master’s programs build on baccalaureate competencies to develop clinical specialty roles
    • The doctoral programs prepare candidates to teach and conduct research in a university setting (PhD) or enter advanced clinical practice (DNP)

    The College of Nursing prepares students to assess and meet the ever-changing needs of individuals, families, and communities through clinical placements in such settings as hospitals, extended care facilities, ambulatory care clinics, schools, senior centers, day programs, and correctional facilities across Massachusetts and throughout New England.

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