Be a leader within your healthcare team.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Lander University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. (

Today’s health care environment is in need of strong leadership from various health care disciplines. As America’s population ages, the nation is facing a significant shortage of professional nurses with the diverse skills and experience essential to address the growing needs of the 21st century.

Lander’s online Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Leader program equips nurse generalists to meet this critical need. Clinical nurse leaders are expert clinicians prepared to lead and manage health care outcomes for client groups within the care environment by using evidence-based knowledge to design, implement and evaluate care.

Lander has been a trusted leader in nursing education for more than 50 years. The experienced faculty in Lander’s William Preston Turner School of Nursing are more than just educators. They are practicing professional nurses, many of whom maintain specialty certification and clinical practices that allow them to remain current in the field.

Lander’s Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program is offered in an online format, which gives working nurses the flexibility to coordinate their graduate studies with their work schedules and complete clinical requirements close to home.

For the nurse who desires to take his or her career to the next level, the Clinical Nurse Leader program is an excellent choice. Become a(n):

  • Clinician
  • Educator
  • Outcomes Manager
  • Systems Analyst
  • Information Manager
  • Team Manager
  • Advocate
  • Profession Member


Why Become a Clinical Nurse Leader?

Evolving health care needs have necessitated an increase of nurses prepared at the master’s level, and the CNL degree is a nationally recognized and fast-growing role for nurses who want to be better clinicians. Lander’s online CNL degree program prepares nurses for advanced integration of evidence-based and outcomes-based practice.

Clinical nurse leaders work to improve the quality of care in a variety of settings. They serve as advanced practitioners who are able to understand – and respond to – the complexity of patients and health care delivery.

Most importantly, clinical nurse leaders are able to coordinate direct care activities that have a positive impact upon patients and clients within a health care system.

The American Association of Colleges of Nurses (AACN) states that the CNL can also function in roles such as:

  • Microsystems-Level Advocacy
  • Centralized Care Coordinator
  • Outcomes Management
  • Risk Assessment
  • Quality Improvement
  • Interprofessional Communication


Certification Exam

All CNL graduates are eligible to sit for the Clinical Nurse Leader certification exam administered by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC). Graduates not only use “MSN” after their names, but after successful certification they are also eligible to use the initials “CNL” in their credentials.


Accreditation Announcement

The William Preston Turner School of Nursing at Lander University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) November 16-18, 2020. The accreditation evaluation is for the Master’s Science in Nursing- Clinical Nurse Leader Program.

In accordance with CCNE’s procedures, the Commission provides the opportunity for program constituents and other interested parties to submit, in writing, third-party comments concerning a program’s qualification for accreditation. CCNE will receive third-party comments regarding programs hosting fall 2020 evaluations until 21 days before the scheduled on-site evaluation. Therefore CCNE must receive comments by October 26, 2020. Third-party comments must relate to the CCNE Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs (2018). All third-party comments submitted to CCNE must be written in English, consistent with CCNE’s policy on Conduct of Business in English. Comments are shared only with the CCNE evaluation team appointed to review the noted nursing program.

We invite you to submit written comments to