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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing continues to be recognized for its excellence.

Its Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program ranked third of the 84 CNL programs across the U.S., as measured by

The schools listed in the ranking were evaluated by their accreditation, online offerings, number of courses, program completions, annual tuition and fees, tenured faculty and acceptance and graduation rate for their respective CNL programs.

UWO College of Nursing lecturer and lead CNL Instructional Academic Staff Diane Park said the college was incredibly honored for the ranking, and attributes much of the success to the tenacity of the nursing faculty.

“Our nursing faculty have played an integral role in achieving this honor. They worked hard to develop the CNL curriculum to meet the competency requirements of a master’s prepared CNL,” Park said.

The faculty’s work in developing the CNL curriculum has paid off with UWO holding a 100% first time CNL certification exam pass rate since the first exams taken in 2009 — a much higher percentage than the national first time pass rate of 77%.

The UWO CNL program is a 100% online program designed to provide the knowledge, skills and competencies needed by professional registered nurses to meet the needs and demands of evolving healthcare systems.

“What sets our program apart from other programs is our CNL students complete their practicum hours at the facility in which they are employed,” Park said. “By the time they graduate they are able to hit the ground running with a well-developed ability to recognize demands and resources and help redesign a unit that works well for patients, families and staff.”

More information about the methodology behind the rankings can be found on the Registered Nursing website.

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