Columbia College of Nursing to Begin Offering Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Leader Degree

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Milwaukee, WI, April 3, 2013 – Starting in August 2013, Columbia College of Nursing (CCON) will be offering a Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader degree. This is the first post-graduate degree program offered by CCON.

“The Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) is a relatively new nursing role that was developed to prepare nurses to focus on the improvement of quality and safety outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Jill Winters, President and Dean at Columbia College of Nursing. “CNLs oversee patient care coordination, assess health risks, develop quality improvement strategies, facilitate team communication, and implement evidence-based solutions at the unit level.”

CCON will become only the fourth school in the state to offer this program. At CCON, students will learn from highly qualified faculty members. Theory classes in pathophysiology, clinical assessment, pharmacology, as well as micro and macro system management are offered one evening per week in eight-week sessions, and practicum courses are offered in 16-week sessions. This schedule will allow students to complete the program in less than 17 months – much faster than at other area schools. Class size is intentionally limited to approximately eight students to maximize student participation and student/faculty interaction.

“Hospitals that have adopted the CNL role report better integration of care, high levels of satisfaction on the part of providers and patients, as well as better clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Winters. “Our tremendous faculty and outstanding clinical sites will ensure that our CNL graduates will have the knowledge and skills they need to assume these important roles in this rapidly evolving healthcare environment.”

The Clinical Nurse Leader program is approved by the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, an independent corporation that accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central United States.

For more information on this new program or the Columbia College of Nursing, please contact Dr. Jill Winters at or (414) 326-2301.



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