Nursing students in the clinical simulation laboratory

The Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (AMP) is designed to offer select UVM undergraduate nursing students the opportunity to obtain both their bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in nursing in a total of six years of study.

Students will complete a non-thesis, quality improvement based project. The objective of this program is to provide and encourage undergraduate nursing students to pursue a master’s degree in nursing which fulfills the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) requirements to sit for the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification examination. Clinical Nurse Leaders centralize the coordination of patient care and offer direct care in complex circumstances, combining the latest innovations in health care delivery with evidence-based practice. Read "Introducing the Clinical Nurse Leader" by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

About the Program

Students enrolled in this program can have up to six credits of graduate level courses taken during their senior undergraduate year count towards both a bachelor’s degree and the master’s in nursing degree. An additional three credits of graduate level coursework taken their senior year can be applied towards the master’s degree provided that these three credits are not used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements.  Students would be expected to complete remaining master’s degree requirements in two additional years of study. Full-time graduate student status will start in the summer following the completion of their undergraduate degree and will be expected to be maintained until completion of their master’s degree in nursing. Students must successfully pass their RN licensure examination prior to entry into their first fall semester in the graduate program.

Curriculum and Program Requirements

A minimum of 39.5 credits and successful completion of an oral comprehensive exam are required for completion of the AMP in Nursing. A single re-take is permitted for the comprehensive exam. Students must also meet the Graduate College requirements for the master's degree.

Projected Curriculum Sequence

Fall, Undergraduate Senior Year:

GRNS 327: Advanced Topics in Healthcare Informatics (3)

Spring, Undergraduate Senior Year:

GRNS 323: Evidence-Based Practice (3)

Summer 1: MS-CNL


GRNS 324: Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (3)

Fall 1: MS-CNL

GRNS 335: Advanced Pathophysiology (3)

GRNS 406: Advanced Health Assessment (2)

GRNS 321: Professional Role Development (3)

Spring 1: MS-CNL

STAT 200: Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3)

GRNS 328: Quality in Healthcare (3)

GRNS 339: CNL Practicum/Seminar I (1)

Summer 2: MS-CNL

GRNS 396: Advanced Pharmacology for the CNL (3)

GRNS 326: Health Care Ethics, Policy, and Politics (3)

GRNS 340: CNL Practicum (1.5/180 hours)

Fall 2: MS-CNL

GRNS 322: Organization, Delivery, and Financing of Health Care (3)


Spring 2: MS-CNL

GRNS 341: CNL Project and Seminar II (2)

GRNS 342: Immersion Practicum (2/240 hours)


Total Credits: 39.5     Total Practicum Hours: 420

Additional program requirements are outlined in the CNHS Graduate Nursing Handbook. Contact Student Financial Services for details about financing your education.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  • Enrollment and good standing in the UVM undergraduate nursing program
  • Completion of the Graduate College Application Form, which must include three letters of recommendation, including one from a UVM nursing clinical instructor highlighting the candidate’s clinical performance.
  • Current resume
  • Students MUST be admitted through the Graduate College before taking any courses that will be applied to the master’s degree requirements. Students will continue master’s degree coursework in the summer following their undergraduate graduation.
  • GRE scores are NOT an admission requirement for the AMP in Nursing.

Application Process

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

  • (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcript(s) from all schools attended
  • GRE scores are NOT an admission requirement for the AMP in Nursing.
  • Essay: Why did you choose nursing as a career? What makes you an ideal candidate for the AMP CNL Program? Describe how you see yourself in the CNL role. Do you have any additional information that you would like the admission’s committee to know about you that has not been previously considered in the application?

Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis (completed applications submitted prior to deadline will be reviewed within 6 weeks of submission).

Financial Aid

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

Contact Information

UVM Department of Nursing
Graduate Program
(802) 656-3830


Accreditation: The master's degree program in nursing at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Application Deadline

April 1, 2021

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