The Clinical Nurse Leader (C.N.L.) is a registered nurse, with a Master of Science in Nursing who has completed advanced nursing coursework in pathophysiology, clinical assessment and pharmacology. C.N.L.s oversee patient care coordination, facilitate team communication, and implement evidence-based solutions at the unit level. The C.N.L. role allows nurses to practice at the master’s level, but stay at the bedside coordinating the care of patients.

  • Promote health
  • Reduce risk
  • Improve point-of-care
  • Apply evidence-based practice to ensure innovative care delivery
  • Formal leadership roles in acute and outpatient settings

Rural Health Careers Scholarship

MSN students who are actively employed at a rural healthcare facility in New Hampshire are eligible for the Rural Health Careers Scholarship. You may receive a scholarship up to $1250 per academic semester/term, for a cumulative total of $5,000.

Clinical Nurse Leader Curriculum
GNUR 514* 1cr Advanced Role Development in Nursing*
GNUR 512 3cr Health Care Systems, Policy & Leadership
GNUR 510 3cr Evidence-Based Practice & Applied Nursing Research
GNUR 502 3cr Advanced Pathophysiology
GNUR 513 3cr Population Health
GNUR 501 3cr Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning for the Advanced Practitioner (2/1)
GNUR 503 3cr Advanced Pharmacology
GNUR 504 3cr Clinical Quality Improvement I
GNUR 511 5cr Clinical Quality Improvement II (3/2)
GNUR 598 5cr Advanced Generalist Nursing Capstone I (1/4)
GNUR 599 6cr Advanced Generalist Nursing Capstone II (2/4)
*available elective

Powerful Partners

The relationship between Colby-Sawyer and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health dates back to 1981 when the college first began preparing nurses at the Bachelor of Science level. Since then, Colby-Sawyer students have benefited from nursing clinical placements, internships, and various other experiential learning opportunities within the state's largest health system and only academic medical center and Level I trauma center.

Today, with help from generous financial support from D-HH and instruction from career healthcare professionals, Colby-Sawyer is proud to offer a Master of Science in Nursing program to further advance the careers of healthcare workers.

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