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The nursing profession is constantly evolving to meet the needs of health care systems and patients. The most recent major innovation is the introduction of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) degrees. Based on recommendations from the Institute of Medicine, the Joint Commission, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing (as well as other educational institutions) began transitioning advanced practice nursing programs to the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree level and created the CNL area of concentration in our MSN program.

In line with this effort, Pitt Nursing is no longer accepting applications for admissions to the MSN in Nursing Administration area of concentration, as of February 2016. The profession still needs nurse leaders with training and advanced knowledge in management, quality, safety, and expertise at the point of care. Thus, prospective students are encouraged to consider applying to our master’s degree program in the CNL area of concentration, which prepares you to be an effective leader of efforts to coordinate care across the continuum of health care service, improve patient safety, deliver effective and efficient care in a fiscally responsible manner, and to test and implement evidence-based practice innovations. The CNL program ranked fourth in U.S. New & World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate Schools, is offered both on-campus and online through Pitt Online.

Learn More About the MSN — CNL Area of Concentration

MSN – Nursing Administration Curriculum for Students Enrolled prior to February 2016.


Please visit the MSN Nursing Administration Curriculum page for a full list of program courses and descriptions. Some courses at the School of Nursing include exams that are proctored. Pitt Online will work with students to identify an approved testing center in their area. Please note that proctoring sites typically charge a fee for this service, which may range from $20 – $50 per test. Pitt Online will work with students to identify the most economical testing center in their area.

Inquiries and General Information

If you have questions about enrollment or registration, please contact School of Nursing Student Affairs & Alumni Relations Office.

Phone: 412-624-4586
Toll Free: 1-888-747-0794

School of Nursing
3500 Victoria Street
240 Victoria Bldg.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

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