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Direct Entry MSN
Clinical Nurse Leader
The University of Virginia School of Nursing offers a graduate-level Direct Entry MSN: Clinical Nurse leader (CNL) program
for non-nurses who have a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The DEM program takes
into account your educational, career, and life experiences as well as your critical thinking ability and maturity as you prepare
to become a leader in nursing and health care. This program is an accelerated full-time, 24-month program that leads to the
award of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. While the Clinical Nurse Leader is not an advanced practice role,
CNL graduates are eligible to apply for continued advanced practice nursing education. The University of Virginia prepares
Clinical Nurse Leaders through multiple pathways (Direct Entry MSN, Post-BSN, Associate Degree plus BA/BS, etc).
The Direct Entry MSN is an exciting program for individuals with motivation and intelligence to pursue graduate study and
prepare for nursing leadership. A CNL would oversee the care coordination of a distinct group of patients and actively provides
direct patient care in complex situations. The CNL will be prepared to collect and evaluate patient outcomes, assess cohort risk,
and use decision-making authority to change care plans when necessary. The CNL will function as part of an interdisciplinary
team by communicating, planning, and implementing care directly with other health care professionals, including physicians,
pharmacists, social workers, and Advanced Practice nurses. CNL graduates will be prepared to work in a variety of nursing
environments (in-patient as well as out-patient).
Graduates of the Direct Entry MSN program will receive a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and are eligible to
apply for the R.N. licensure examination.