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Joan G. Loftus
Dean, School of Nursing & Health Professions
Shari L. Goldberg
Professor & Associate Dean, School of Nursing & Health Professions
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You completed your undergraduate baccalaureate nursing degree. You’ve built up the experience and proficiency that demonstrates a serious commitment to the nursing profession. Now it’s time to take your career to the next level as a Clinical Nurse Leader with Colby-Sawyer’s M.S.N. program.
The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is an emerging nursing role established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in response to the need for cost-effective nurse leaders that can provide evidence-based health care delivery across a variety of clinical settings. Colby-Sawyer’s 28-month M.S.N. program, developed in collaboration with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, meets the demand for the education of the advanced generalist nurse as a CNL and is structured around the quality and integrity standards of the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education’s Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing.
Degree candidates in the 37-credit program meet weekly for clinical practice at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., and for lab and classroom instruction on the Colby-Sawyer campus. Additional hybrid/online didactic coursework is completed on your schedule.
With your M.S.N., you will graduate prepared to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification examination and ready to deliver health care across a spectrum of practice settings including adult health, pediatrics, women's health, psychiatric/mental health and critical care nursing specialties; certified nurse midwife; nurse-anesthetist; nursing education; policy and legislation; management of health care organizations and programs; and research.