The University of Maryland School of Nursing offers students flexibility. For nursing professionals who are interested in expanding their education but are currently not ready or are unable to pursue an advanced degree, UMSON’s non-degree learning program provides an alternative.
If you’re a baccalaureate- or master's-prepared nurse who hopes to pursue a graduate degree at a later date—or have not yet completed all admission requirements—you may apply for non-degree/coursework-only (CWO) status. This allows you to enroll in and register for non-clinical graduate-level nursing courses.
You may take a maximum of two courses under CWO status. However, space is limited in many classes and degree-seeking students get priority consideration.
If you’re a non-degree student but expect to pursue full-degree status later, you must submit a second application to the School of Nursing and follow all admission policies. As a CWO student, you cannot qualify for financial aid and aren’t guaranteed admission to future graduate degree programs. If you’re accepted as a degree student, no more than two classes may be taken and counted toward your future graduate degree program.
Courses recommended for all students pursuing an MS or DNP degree:
- NRSG 790: Application of Science for Evidence-based Practice
- NRSG 795: Biostatistics for Evidence-based Practice
- NRSG 780: Population Health and Promotion in Health Care
- NRSG 782: Organizational and Systems Leadership
Additional courses for students interested in pursuing the DNP degree:
- NRSG 785: Professional Writing
- NDNP 804: Theory for Evidence-based Practice
- NURS 810: Evidence-based Policy Development
- NURS 834: Translating Evidence Practice (prerequisite NRSG 790)
If you are interested in the Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) or are interested in taking a course not on this list, please contact your assigned advisor. Go to the Student UseR Friendly System (SURFS) to see the list of available courses.
If you are interested in the CRNA or are interested in taking a course not on this list, please contact your assigned advisor.
Proof of successful completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree or a Master of Science (MS) entry-into-practice (CNL) from an ACEN- (formally known as NLNAC) or CCNE-accredited program. Such proof is provided through submission of an official transcript.
Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.
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Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.
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University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579
A copy of your active, unrestricted State of Maryland or compact state RN license. For a current list of compact states, see the Maryland Board of Nursing website; if you hold an active Maryland RN license, send us a copy of your printable license verification, available on the Maryland Board of Nursing website.
Submit by fax to 410-706-7238 or by mail to:
Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status.
Complete a residency application and submit it using the instructions supplied on the application.
The Admission Committee will review completed applications on a rolling basis and release decision according. Space may be limited so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Please note: A Coursework Only (CWO) student who wishes to obtain full-degree status later must submit a second application to the School of Nursing and follow all admission policies. CWO status does not qualify students for Financial Aid. CWO status does not guarantee admission to future graduate degree programs. If a student is accepted as a degree student, no more than two classes may be taken and counted toward a future graduate degree program.