Academic-Hospital Partnerships

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from l to r: Meghan Schott, MS ‘22, Kristen Chamberlain, MS ‘23, Lauren Day Assadi, MS ’22, Erica Sauer, MS ‘20, Eileen Skaarer, MS ‘19, DoRhonja Nichols, DNP ’22, MS ’18, BSN ‘13, Nicole Beeson, DNP ’23, MS ’21, BSN ‘11

To learn more, contact:

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

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

If you’re employed at one of our 10 partnership hospitals, you can continue your education online and receive advising and other benefits on site.

15+ years

partnering with hospitals and health systems in Maryland

325 nurses

earned their BSN or MSN degrees through the partnership so far

Tuition Remission for UMMC Nurses

All Medical Center regular full-time (working 36 or more hours per week) employees are eligible to receive tuition remission up to $6,000 per calendar year for undergraduate tuition and fees and up to $10,000 per calendar year for graduate tuition and fees for courses taken at the University of Maryland. 

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How the Partnership Works

  • 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


  • 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 Option

  • 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

  • Frederick Health Hospital
  • Holy Cross Hospital
  • Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center
  • MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center
  • University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC)
  • UM Baltimore-Washington Medical Center
  • UM Capital Regional Medical Center
  • UM Harford Memorial Hospital
  • UM Saint Joseph Medical Center

Upcoming Information Sessions

Drop into one of our weekly virtual information sessions on Wednesdays, or attend one of the on-site sessions at hospitals listed below.

Unable to attend or have questions? Contact Linda J. Hickman, assistant professor, at

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.