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Graduate StudentsThe Mary Black School of Nursing is pleased to announce the new Master of Science in Nursing* (MSN) program with a concentration area of Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL). Upon completion of the program, the graduate will be eligible for CNL certification through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).
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 innovations in care delivery. 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.

The Clinical Nurse Leader Fact Sheet
This program is for registered nurses who are graduates of an accredited Bachelor of Science program in nursing. Students in the MSN program have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills for leadership roles in professional nursing practice in a wide variety of settings. Registered nurses who meet the admission requirements for the program may complete the program in two calendar years of full time study. Students selecting part-time study may take three years to complete the program. The program of study is primarily online except for clinical courses. 

The University of South Carolina Upstate’s Master of Science in Nursing program is seeking initial accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and will host a site visit on November 9-11, 2015. If you would like to submit a third-party comment for this program, please submit to thirdpartycomments@aacn.nche.edu. Or, if you prefer, mail comments to: 

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education 
Attn: Third-Party Comments
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530 
Washington, DC  20036


Contact Us

Katharine Gibb, Ed.D., MSN, RN
Dean, Mary Black School of Nursing

Deborah Charnley, Ph.D., RN
Associate Dean, Spartanburg Campus

Mary Alice Hodge, Ph.D., CNL-C, RN
Director, Graduate Program

Mary Black School of Nursing

800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5508
Fax: 864-503-5405

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