University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Department of Nursing

New Graduate Nursing Programs at UVM CNHS


  • April 3

Master of Science - Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL)

The clinical nurse leader functions as part of an interdisciplinary team to oversee the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and provide direct care in complex situations. The national movement to advance the clinical nurse leader is fueled by the critical need to improve patient care and better prepare nurses to deliver high quality care across the health care system. Graduates of the CNL program are eligible for national certification.

Clinically competent from focused experience as a registered nurse and the clinical experiences of our program, the clinical nurse leader puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure clients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery, providing lateral integration at the point of care and combining evidence-based practice with:

    • Advocacy
    • Centralized care coordination
    • Risk assessment
    • Quality improvement
    • Interprofessional communication


Our master's program is designed for the working RN. We offer part-time study with 2-3 courses each semester. We offer our courses in a blended format of online, live, and distance delivery.

Select year of program entry:

The UVM Course Catalogue details specific requirements as designated by catalogue year. Academic standards are outlined in the CNHS Nursing Graduate Student Handbook found here.


  • Baccalaureate degree in Nursing or another field
  • RN License; Eligible for Vermont RN License
  • Health Assessment
  • Undergraduate Statistics

Core Courses

  • Advanced Topics in Health Informatics - 3 credits
  • Biostatistics and Epidemiology - 3 credits
  • Genetics & Genomics for Clinicians - 3 credits
  • Health Care Ethics, Policy & Politics - 3 credits
  • Methods for Evidence Based Practice - 3 credits
  • Nursing Science/Practice Epistemology - 3 credits
  • Organization, Delivery & Financing of Health Care - 3 credits
  • Professional Role Development - 3 credits
  • Quality in Health Care - 3 credits

Track Core Courses

  • Advanced Health Assessment for the Clinical Nurse Leader - 2 credits
  • Advanced Pharmacology for the Clinical Nurse Leader - 2 credits
  • Advanced Neuropharmacology - 2 credits
  • Advanced Pathophysiology - 3 credits

Track Specialty Courses

  • Clinical Nurse Leader Project & Seminar I - 1 credit
  • Clinical Nurse Leader Project & Seminar II - 2 credits
  • Practicum for the Clinical Nurse Leader (180 hours) - 1.5 credits
  • Immersion Practicum for the Clinical Nurse Leader (300 hours) - 2.5 credits
  • Comprehensive Exam - 0 credits
  • Clinical Nurse Leader Project - 3 credits

    Total Credits: 43
    Total Clinical Hours: 480

Application Process

1. Complete the Nursing Common Application through the Centralized Application Service for Nursing Programs (NursingCAS), a division of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Follow instructions on the site. All application materials should be submitted directly to NursingCAS. These include:

  • (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s) from all schools attended
  • On the NursingCAS application there is an opportunity for the applicant to self-report when they took the GRE. Official GRE scores should be submitted to UVM on the Graduate College Online Application via code 3920.
  • Essay: Why did you choose nursing as a career? Do you have any additional information that you would like the admissions committee to know about you that has not been previously considered in the application?

2. Complete the UVM Graduate Online Application. Include the following information with the UVM application:

  • The essay submitted with the NursingCAS application
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (UVM Code: 3920. The college will accept both the old and new version of the GRE. Scores must be received by the application deadline.)
  • Application Fee
  • No transcripts or letters of recommendation should be sent to the University of Vermont

Financial Aid

For information about financing your education, contact the UVM Financial Aid Office.

Contact Information

College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
(802) 656-3858

NursingCAS Customer Service
(617) 612-2880

Read "Introducing the Clinical Nurse Leader" by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Last modified March 16 2015 10:23 AM