Master of Science (MS) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

The master of science degree in nursing clinical nurse leader (CNL) concentration is designed for the registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in nursing, who desires to improve the quality and safety of patient care through direct team-based and evidence-based care delivery. Emphasis is on clinical leadership at the point of care designing, implementing, and evaluating care processes to improve patient outcomes. Students design and implement a scholarly project and disseminate the project outcomes. The program is 39 credits.  Full-time coursework is completed in 6 semesters. Successful completion of this program qualifies graduates to take the Commission on Nurse Certification Clinical Nurse Leader Examination.

The master of science clinical nurse leader curriculum is structured to assist students in meeting:

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The bachelor's, master's, and doctoral programs at the University of Portland School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


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