The Mary Black School of Nursing at the University of South Carolina Upstate has received final approval to offer a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) concentration.
The University was notified earlier this month by the Board of Trustees of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges of the approval of the program in the school’s current accreditation.
USC Upstate’s Mary Black School of Nursing is one of only two universities in South Carolina offering a master’s degree program with CNL concentration. The CNL is an emerging nursing role developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing designed to improve the quality of patient care and prepare nurses with the competencies needed to thrive in the current and future healthcare system.
“Our reputation at USC Upstate as an excellent nursing school at the baccalaureate level will be greatly enhanced with the addition of the advanced degree,” said Dr. Katharine Gibb, dean of the Mary Black School of Nursing. “The current programs in South Carolina offering a master’s degree focus on the nurse practitioner or nurse educator roles. We will now be able to attract those students wishing to advance their careers and contribute to improving the healthcare of our community and beyond.”
The CNL oversees the lateral integration at the point of care for a distinct group of patients and may actively provide direct patient care in complex situations. She or he puts evidence-based practice into action to ensure that patients benefit from the latest innovations in care delivery, emphasized Gibb.
Dr. Margaret Hindman, a certified CNL and director of the Masters program at USC Upstate said “the CNL is a nursing leader and the implementation of the CNL role often varies across settings, but its focus is on safety and efficient quality care outcomes for patients, which is vital to our emerging healthcare marketplace.”
Classes will begin in August 2014. All didactic content will be delivered online. Qualified applicants must possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and an active license as a registered nurse (RN) in any of the compact nursing states for licensure.
“By offering the didactic portion online, students have the freedom and flexibility to remain in their communities and attend classes while continuing to work and be with their families,” Gibb said. “We anticipate applicants from the Upstate primarily because of our reputation, but we also expect applicants from throughout the state and beyond because we will not have the geographic or time limitations of a fixed schedule in a classroom.”
Projected enrollment in the first year is 18 RN students with anticipated graduation in two years with full-time participation and three years with part-time participation. Clinical practicums are in the last three semesters and can typically be completed at the student’s local hospitals. Upon completion of the program, graduates must pass the CNL certification examination which is based upon a national standard of requisite knowledge and experiences.
Applications will be available in Spring 2014 on the USC Upstate website, www.uscupstate.edu/academics/nursing.
For more information, contact Margaret Hindman, director of graduate studies in nursing, at 864-503-5454 or firstname.lastname@example.org.