State of the School

At the intersection of a proud legacy and an exciting future.


The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has pioneered a variety of innovative educational programs, including the first Nursing Informatics graduate program in the world. We offer a range of specialties at the master's level, including informatics, community/public health, and health services leadership and management. We also offer nurse practitioner options in pediatrics, adult/gerontology, and anesthesia, among others.


UMSON has a variety of accelerated and dual-degree programs to help students achieve their goals faster.

  • Clinical Nurse Leader (for students with a degree in a subject other than nursing)
  • RN-to-BSN (in person and online)
  • RN-to-MS
  • Multiple entry options to our PhD and DNP programs
  • MS/MPH (in conjunction with the University of Maryland School of Nursing)
  • MS/MBA or PhD/MBA (in conjunction with the University of Baltimore Robert G. Merrick School of Business or the University of Maryland College Park Robert H. Smith School of Business)
  • Programs for completing the BSN (partnerships with University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland College Park, Washington College in Chestertown, Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, and all of Maryland's community colleges)


UMSON is affiliated with more than 300 hospitals and health care entities throughout Maryland and operates a mobile health clinic for people who are uninsured. In addition, our 154,000 square-foot building in Baltimore as well as our site at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. house state-of-the-art clinical simulation and standardized patient laboratories, giving students extensive hands-on training in a real-life setting. Our approach to clinical instruction enhances students’ learning experiences while providing vital health care services to Maryland residents.


The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19104.

CCNE Accreditation LogoThe baccalaureate degree in nursing, master’s degree in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs at the University of Maryland School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education ( Prior to November 16, 2009, the baccalaureate degree in nursing and the master's degree in nursing were accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.

The PhD program is reviewed separately through the UMB Graduate School.

The School’s Continuing Education program, a major provider of continuing education for nurses, is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Read more about our Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation.

CCNE 2014 Self Study Report

CCNE 2014 Self Study Appendices


UMSON's DNP program is ranked 5th and its master's program is ranked 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report


UMSON is ranked 20th in receipt of research funding by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute of Nursing Research.

  • Extramural research funding of $3.2 million in FY '15
  • Total extramural funding of $7.6 million in FY '15

In addition, we receive substantial funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, and other sources.

State of the School Address

On Thursday, April 7, 2016, Dean Jane Kirschling gave her annual State of the School Address. The theme was, "Transforming Nursing: Living our Core Values." Click here to watch the presentation.