In 2023, the Elaine Marieb College of Nursing MS-CNL program was ranked #2 among the "best CNL programs" in the U.S. by

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) applies research-based information and the efficient and cost-effective use of resources to improve clinical and environmental care outcomes and effect change in health care organizations.

The Master of Science Clinical Nurse Leader concentration strengthens health care delivery by teaching the advanced knowledge and skills needed to provide comprehensive, across-the-life-span nursing services to individuals, families and groups. 

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

This program addresses the knowledge and competencies specified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for Master’s Education and for the specific CNL role focus. The graduate is prepared to take the CNL certification examination prepared by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) through AACN. 

For more information, contact kayotte [at] nursing [dot] umass [dot] edu (Karen Ayotte).