“The role of the Clinical Nurse Leader is evolving in health care…there will be many opportunities for nurses to work in that role to help measure outcomes.”
Barbara Healey, '11
Major: Master of Science in Nursing
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Grounded in AACN
Competencies Taught the Curry College Way
Since its founding in 1879, Curry College has emphasized reflective thinking - that's the ability to think critically, analytically, and strategically. At Curry, we call this clinical judgment. This skill is integrated into all of your coursework so that by graduation you are a nursing leader, and leadership is an integral part of your practice as a CNL.
Our CNL program is based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing MSN-CNL curriculum guidelines. Curry College graduates are prepared for the AACN CNL Certification Examination. But our program doesn't stop there.
A Long Tradition of Quality Nursing Education
Curry College has been educating nurses for over 30 years. Our clinical affiliations include major Boston teaching institutions and community which evidences our sterling reputation for providing quality nursing programs.
Our proximity to Boston has allowed us to draw outstanding faculty from the area's world-renowned medical facilities. As a result, our MSN-CNL faculty includes both full-time nursing professors and practicing healthcare professionals with impressive credentials.
A "Do-able" Format
One Day a Week; Cohort Study
We know how much you juggle everyday. It was important to us to design a program that would fit comfortably into your busy schedule. Classes are held once a week, during the day, for five semesters. You'll be part of a cohort, which means that you'll study, from start-to-finish, with the same group of professional nurses. Cohort learning groups have proven to be very effective for adult learners; they create a community of professionals who can study together, provide support, discuss common on-the-job problems, and offer networking opportunities.
Greater Emphasis on Clinical Practice
More Hands-On Experience
Extensive clinical immersion allows students to apply skills acquired in the course work and to collaborate with faculty on a focused clinical project concentrating on the leading health indicators, national priority areas and/or national patient safety goals. As Curry College has agreements with many clinical agencies, you have a choice of clinical sites. You may perform your clinical hours in agencies where you have primary employment. The clinical immersion includes 300 clinical hours.
Putting It All Together
At Curry College, we believe in the importance of synthesizing your learning. Our CNL program culminates in a capstone course. In the capstone seminar you will discuss and present a clinical project based on a problem you have identified, examined and explored throughout the curriculum; this will result in a publishable paper. The capstone enables you to integrate all levels of learning to demonstrate your knowledge and launch your CNL career.
Judy Dynan '11 discusses the advantages of the MSN Program cohort model.
Barbara Healey '11 discusses her experience in the Curry Master of Science in Nursing Program