Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) (onsite & online)

The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL®) program is designed for the nurse who wants to have a significant impact on the profession while remaining in direct patient care.

Pitt Nursing’s highly ranked program prepares students to take on a variety of careers and advancement, including: 

  • Clinical Nurse Manager
  • Clinical Liaison
  • Clinical Wound Specialist
  • Post-Acute Clinical Navigator
  • Clinical Administrator

The Pitt Nursing Difference

Pitt CNL students have opportunities to apply their new knowledge through hands-on projects and clinical experiences in acute care facilities, quality improvement departments, health plans, non-profit organizations, community settings, or schools of nursing.

The Clinical Nurse Leader program gives students a strong foundation in physiology/pathophysiology, health assessment, and pharmacology. CNL coursework covers organizational and management theory, leadership development, and education and mentoring in the clinical setting. Graduates leave prepared to use evidence-based practice and research outcomes to enhance clinical practice. 

The CNL curriculum intentionally reduces duplication between the master’s and doctoral programs. Graduates are prepared to begin a DNP or PhD in the future, with clinical backgrounds to support their success and long-term careers. Upon graduation, candidates are eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader Certification Examination administered by the Commission on Nurse Certification.

Courses are available both in person and online, and are taught by the same faculty. The interactive online Clinical Nurse Leader classroom provides opportunities for active learning, discussion, problem solving, debate, critical thinking, networking, and community building. Clinical experiences for online students can take place in supervised facilities near their homes. 

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