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Master of Science: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) -- Online

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master’s concentration prepares nurse leaders who design, provide, manage, and coordinate health promotion, risk reduction, disease prevention, and illness management services to individuals and clinical populations. The CNL applies research-based information and efficient and cost- effective use of resources to improve clinical and environmental care outcomes and effect change in healthcare organizations.

The graduate is prepared to lead both intradisciplinary and interdisciplinary healthcare teams, and to function across clinical settings in order to meet the demands of a complex care delivery system.

The MS program, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, addresses the competencies and knowledge specified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing for Master’s Education and for the specific Clinical Nurse Leader focus. A collaborative effort between the College of Nursing faculty and local leaders in nursing practice, it prepares graduates to take the CNL certification examination offered by The American Nurse Credentialing Center. Each student acquires experiential learning through several clinical internships arranged in the student’s area. 

For application and general information contact:

Karen Ayotte, CNL Program Assistant
125 Skinner Hall
651 North Pleasant Street
Phone: 413-545-1302
Fax: 413-577-2550

For curriculum information contact: Pamela Aselton, CNL Program Director at