AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – UMass Amherst was named the 2nd Best Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) Program in the nation by has recently released its annual list of the best CNL Programs in the U.S. for 2023. The University of Massachusetts Amherst was listed 2nd best in the country, with the website praising the Universities program, “Deliver care to patients from youth to the elderly with an online MSN / Clinical Nurse Leader at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an emphasis on leading nursing and interdisciplinary teams and influencing healthcare policy, this program is for nurses seeking career advancement.”

According to, “Clinical Nurse Leaders are crucial healthcare team members, overseeing processes to improve patient outcomes. For advanced registered nurses, the CNL role is something to aspire to if you feel the call to impact the quality of care through assessment, management, and leadership. Enrolling in the right MSN or DNP-level CNL program is an important part of the journey.”

This recognition is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s faculty and staff, who have worked tirelessly to provide your students with an exceptional education and prepare them for successful careers in the field of nursing, according to a release sent to 22News from

The high demand for nurses will be met by students who enroll. As the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) says the U.S. is in need of Registered Nurses (RNs) as Baby Boomers age and healthcare needs grow. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects there will be a 6% increase in Registered Nurses (RNs) by 2031. The Bureau also predicts more than 203,000 RN openings each year, until 2031, after nurse retirements.