M.Sc. On Campus

Clinical Nurse Leader

Rochester University

36 months
1610 USD/credit 48300 USD/year
1640 USD/credit 49200 USD/year
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Become a leader in your health care organization by earning your master’s degree in the Clinical Nurse Leader program of University of Rochester. As system thinkers and change agents, CNLs influence the way health care and patient care is delivered.


Key facts

The University of Rochester School of Nursing was one of the first institutions to offer a master’s degree aligned with the CNL certification, and we are the only CNL program in Upstate NY. We also offer a unique CNL-DNP program curriculum to expand the number of doctorally prepared nurses in scholarly clinical and leadership practice working to transform health care delivery.

While CNLs can continue to work directly with individual patients, they also gain a big picture understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by the broader patient base and health care system.

At the Clinical Nurse Leader program of University of Rochester, you’ll collaborate with nurses and other health professionals who work at the complex intersection of clinical care, population health, and health care management to focus on safety and quality.

Learn how to expand your current role or take on a new role to improve patient care in a rapidly evolving health care system. Our graduates, equipped to put evidence-based practice into action, lead the way as care coordinators, clinical informaticists, unit educators, program coordinators, nurse managers, and nurse executives.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comprehensive Nursing Assessment Refresher
  • Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology for Nurse Leaders and Educators
  • Leadership in Clinical Nursing
  • Informatics, Process Improvement, and Value in Health Care
  • Epidemiology

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 36 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


90 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited school
  • RN licensure within the United States or a U.S. territory
  • A minimum of three years of employment as a registered nurse in a clinical setting preferred
  • CPR certification (professional course must be taken with the American Heart Association)
  • Statistics course with a grade of C or above
  • Official transcripts from all schools attended, including prerequisites (cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred)
  • Resume or CV
  • Professional goal statement
  • Writing sample (academic paper, clinical document, or publication)
  • Two letters of reference that address clinical expertise and leadership talent (one from an immediate supervisor)
  • For international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)

Work experience

  • A minimum of three years of employment as a registered nurse in a clinical setting preferred

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    48300 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1610 USD per credit during 36 months.
  • National

    49200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1640 USD per credit during 36 months.

Living costs for Rochester

925 - 1350 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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