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Master of Science Clinical Nurse Leader


The Mary Black School of Nursing, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), is one of the Southeast’s highly regarded nursing institutions. The Clinical Nurse Leader is a relatively new role in nursing. In practice, the CNL is an advanced generalist who oversees the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and actively provides direct patient care in complex situations.

This master’s degree-prepared clinician puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest healthcare delivery innovations. The CNL evaluates patient outcomes, assesses cohort risk, and has the decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. The CNL is a leader in the health care delivery system. The implementation of this role will vary across settings. Upon completing the program, the graduate will be eligible for CNL certification through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). All coursework is delivered online, with 450 practicum hours completed in clinical settings.

Detailed information regarding the required coursework for this MSN concentration can be located here.

For admissions requirements for the MSN program, click here; Admissions requirements.

For more information regarding graduate programs at the Mary Black School of Nursing at USC Upstate, visit Graduate Nursing @ USC Upstate.