The RN to CNL program offers a fast-track master’s degree program for RNs interested in healthcare administration, nursing leadership and policy – and all the benefits an advanced degree confers.
Who is the RN to CNL for?
Unlike a typical two-year master's degree program or the traditional CNL program, the RN to CNL program offers experienced nurses a fast-track to a master's degree with the flexibility of full- or part-time study. The program takes into account nurses' education, career and life experiences as they prepare for leadership roles in nursing and health care, and these U.Va. grads are well-positioned to continue their education in either the clinical specialty, with a PhD, or in whatever role or setting they choose.
With their wealth of professional and scholarly experience, RN to CNL grads tend to rise rapidly in health care communities as clinicians, team-leaders, patient care coordinators, client advocates, outcomes manager and systems analysts.
Licensure and certification
RN to CNL graduates are eligible for the CNL certification examination. Students must have an unencumbered RN license in Virginia before the first day of classes.
CNL offered in SW Virginia
While the RN to CNL will continued to be offered in Charlottesville, beginning in May, 2015, the program will be web-streamed at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia. This will enable a group of students to complete the program (including clinical requirements) from Southwest Virginia, a health professional shortage area, in Appalachia.
Applicants to the RN to CNL program must submit a completed application and satisfy the following requirements:
The most competitive applicants have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in nursing and non-nursing degrees, have experience in quality improvement projects and stellar writing skills.
Applicants with ADN + BSN degrees should apply for the fall semester, and request change to enroll in the summer session after admitted.
*Submission of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is optional for applicants to the traditional MSN program. The School of Nursing accepts GRE scores that are more than 5 years old. If you have your 'older' scores, you may submit a copy of the Student Report. Students who have already completed a graduate degree do not need to submit GRE scores. The institutional code for the University of Virginia is R-5820.
Tuition and financial aid
All graduate nursing students are required to have a laptop; information is sent to enrolling students prior to the beginning of classes.
In the final semester, students identify a clinical focus area for completion of an extended clinical practicum, followed by the CNL residency practicum. Clinical experiences will be offered at the UVA Medical Center, at other facilities and settings in the Charlottesville area, and at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem, Virginia.