Academic-Hospital Partnerships

COVID-19 Update:

As we take measures to ensure the safety of our community as well as those who are under our care, please note that academic advising is being offered virtually.

Advance your career at your hospital. We can help you move ahead.

If you’re employed at one of our 18 partnership hospitals, you can continue your education online and receive advising and other benefits on site.

  • You’ll receive direct attention from a doctorally prepared faculty member at UMSON and a nurse at your partnership hospital. These two nurses will work together to mentor, advise, and guide you through your program and your career progression.
  • You can complete this program exclusively online (but still have face-to-face contact with your designated advisor) other than the clinical component.
  • You’ll work with your faculty advisor to develop your practicum site, so you’ll receive support every step of the way.
  • You may have no out-of-pocket cost to complete your master’s degree. (Contact your hospital’s human resources department for more information.)
  • You can take advantage of UMSON resources, including a 23,000-member-strong alumni network, career support, and campus facilities such as URecFit and the Health Sciences and Human Services Library.

Degrees Offered

  • RN-to-BSN
    • online, 31-credit program
    • offers flexibility, individual advisement, and personalized assistance from application submission through graduation
    • convenient public health practicum placement working with your hospital and our staff
  • RN-to-MSN (Health Services Leadership and Management specialty
    • online, 63-credit program
    • earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing after completing 31 credits; for Associate Degree in Nursing graduates, this combined program allows you to earn your master’s degree with 6 fewer credits than completing your BSN and MSN degrees separately, saving you time and money
    • individual advising throughout the program and practicum placements arranged for you
  • MSN (Health Services Leadership and Management specialty
    • online, 38-credit program
    • for nurse leaders, managers and administrators
    • develop a focus in high-level health services management or in education to serve as a clinical instructor, faculty, preceptor and/or mentor
    • preceptored practicums individually arranged in concert with your career goals
  • MSN/MBA Dual Degree
    • 66- to 72-credit dual-degree program with the AACSB-accredited University of Baltimore MBA
    • online, face to face, or in a hybrid format
    • preparation in health services leadership and management and business administration
    • earn two degrees with individual advising from each program

Partnership Hospitals

  • Atlantic General Hospital
  • CalvertHealth Medical Center
  • Frederick Health Hospital
  • Greater Baltimore Medical Center
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Holy Cross Germantown Hospital
  • LifeBridge Carroll Hospital Center
  • Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • MedStar Saint Mary’s Hospital
  • Meritus Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)
  • UM Baltimore-Washington Medical Center
  • UM Capital Region Medical Center
  • UM Charles Regional Medical Center
  • UM Harford Memorial Hospital
  • UMMC Midtown Campus
  • UM Saint Joseph Medical Center
  • UM Upper Chesapeake Medical Center

This Academic-Hospital Partnership is funded through the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission and administered by the Maryland Higher Education Commission ( The University of Maryland School of Nursing is working to meet the goals set forth in the Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health report by increasing the number of nurses earning baccalaureate and master’s degrees.

To learn more about the program, contact:

Linda Hickman, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE
Assistant Professor

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