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Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leader

Program Details

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


A BSN degree is required.

Coursework predominantly online with some campus visits required.

Accreditation & Licensing

New England Commission of Higher Education

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)