Master of Science Entry to Nursing Practice Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program

We are currently accepting applications to our 2024 Master of Science Entry to Nursing Program with optional concentrations.

Applications are closed for our CNL concentration. Current students will graduate in August 2024.

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About the Program

The Master of Science Entry to Nursing Practice Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program is a direct-entry master’s degree program for nursing that prepares non-BSN students for clinical careers. Students learn from expert faculty and have opportunities in clinical sites in the District of Columbia and the surrounding Maryland and Virginia region.  Students refine their clinical skills through laboratory and high-fidelity simulation in the O’Neill Family Foundation Clinical Simulation Center.

Key Components

The CNL is a clinical leader — at the point of care — who focuses on:

Message From the Program Director

Sarah Vittone

Georgetown remains a leader in educating nurses in both the sciences and humanities to advance health and health equity in the spirit of cura personalis, care of the whole person.

Sarah Vittone, DBe, MSN, MA, RN, Program Director, Associate Professor of Nursing

Student Experience

Experiential Learning in DC

A woman gestures to a painting on the wall at the National Gallery of Art while nursing students sitting on portable chairs listen to what she is saying

Each spring, students in the Health Care Ethics for Leaders course journey to the National Gallery of Art to explore observation, perception, assumption and communication.

Ethical Decision-Making

Casey Haldeman stands outdoors on campus

Georgetown pioneered the development of an ethical framework to guide practitioners in resolving complex questions. Through the Pellegrino Student Scholar program, nursing students like Casey Haldeman (G’21) learn to address ethical challenges.

Video: Students in Georgetown’s CNL Program Share Their Experience

Resources for Current Students