University of Vermont

Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader


The CMB Program Office

Given Building C141C

Burlington, VT 05405

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The clinical nurse leader (CNL) is a master's-prepared generalist advanced practice nurse whose role is to coordinate patient-centered care in a complex health care system. Clinical nurse leaders serve as critical-thinking advocates, prepared to anticipate and provide integrative, evidence-based solutions to patients' needs. Whether providing acute care or assisting with decision-making in the transition to community or home care settings, clinical nurse leaders provide vital support to patients, their families and providers as experts at the point of care.

Custom curriculum tracks combine hands-on clinical experience with courses in advanced evidence-based practice, health care management and delivery of care. The program affords flexibility to work part-time while gaining valuable clinical experience. Students will complete their practicum hours at hospitals, clinics and other affiliate sites and agencies that provide experience in the variety of roles fulfilled by a clinical nurse leader.

The clinical nurse leader is prepared for a variety of roles in the health care setting, including:

  • Post-acute clinical navigator/coordinator
  • Outcomes manager
  • Patient advocate
  • Educator
  • Information manager
  • Systems analyst/risk anticipator
  • Clinical nurse manager
  • Systems analyst/risk anticipator
  • Clinical nurse manager

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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