A master’s program that prepares those from outside the field to become nurse leaders on a fast track
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Hear from an admissions officer about the program and the admissions process.
Who is the CNL for?
The CNL master’s program is for those interested in pivoting into nursing who have undergraduate or graduate degrees in other disciplines.
CNL graduates aren’t prepared for a specific job title as a "Clinical Nurse Leader" but are, rather, likely to be hired as novice nurses in whatever setting they seek. CNL graduates, however, tend to rise rapidly in health care communities as clinicians, team leaders, patient care coordinators, outcomes managers, client advocates and systems analysts.
The complexity of healthcare systems today demands an increased focus on improving outcomes with knowledge of quality measures and safety assessment. A CNL-prepared nurse innovates healthcare delivery with expertise in Interprofessional practice, team leadership and quality improvement.
From English majors to engineering graduates, former attorneys to biologists, the CNL program attracts a wide variety of professionals united in common purpose: the desire to give back through compassionate nursing care. Individualized programs are also available for BSN-prepared RNs interested in the CNL.
Licensure and certification
CNL graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to be licensed as an RN and the CNL certification examination. UVA's CNL graduates are traditionally an accomplished group; in 2013, the first-time NCLEX pass rate was 100%.
CNL offered in SW Virginia
While the CNL will continued to be offered in Charlottesville, beginning in May, 2015, the program will be web-streamed at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia. This will enable a group of students to complete the program (including clinical requirements) from Southwest Virginia, a health professional shortage area, in Appalachia.
Admission to the School of Nursing is competitive. Applicants must submit a completed application and the following by Oct. 1:
*For students submitting GRE scores, the institutional code for UVA is R-5820. The School accepts GRE scores that are more than five years old. Students who have earned a graduate degree do not need to submit GRE scores.
A competitive CNL candidate has:
All graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop; information is sent to enrolling students prior to the beginning of classes.
Clinical experiences include rotations in a variety of sites to help the student develop skills with acute, chronic, and preventative care of persons with medical-surgical, obstetric, and psychiatric needs. In addition, students rotate through community/public health and pediatric specialty sites. In the final spring and summer semesters, students identify a clinical focus area for completion of an extended clinical practicum, followed by the CNL residency practicum. Clinical experiences are offered at the UVA Medical Center, at other facilities and settings in Charlottesville, and at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem, Virginia.
The master's entry CNL program offers more than 1,000 clinical hours of guided learning in 6 specialty areas from experienced faculty and clinicians.