For additional admissions-related questions, see our Admissions FAQs.
General Program Information
What is a typical CNL academic schedule like?
The first semester courses are delivered face-to-face, requiring you to be present four to five days each week with one day set aside to be a resource day where students benefit from time with advisors, working with the writing center, or attending open lab sessions. Class days begin between 8 and 9 a.m. and often run as late as 4 or 5 p.m. Additional learning activities are scheduled around formal class sessions, including guided study sessions and peer tutoring opportunities provided by UMSON’s Student Success Center. We find that CNL students need to reserve their weekends to review material covered the previous week and to prepare for the week ahead.
Can I be employed and be successful in the CNL program?
The key factor in academic success in the CNL program is how you balance your home/work/school obligations. While some students successfully balanced as many as 10 hours of work per week, most find that working while in the CNL program is challenging, especially in the first semester. This is true even if you worked during your undergraduate program and/or during a previous graduate program. Generally, nine credits per semester is considered full-time graduate study demanding full attention due to content complexity and program rigor. The CNL program includes 12-15 graduate credits each semester, with 15 credits in the first semester.
Applying to the CNL Program
Can I apply to the program before I have finished completing all of the prerequisite courses?
Yes; however, prior to applying, you must complete a minimum of:
- two science courses (chemistry with lab, anatomy and physiology I and II with lab, and microbiology with lab)
- one other course (human growth and development, statistics, and nutrition).
Do you require any exam scores like the GRE or TEAS?
No; however, if you are an applicant without a U.S. degree, please visit the international applicants webpage as you may be required to submit English language proficiency exam scores.
What happens once I am offered admission to the CNL program?
You have 14 calendar days to accept your admission offer and pay your deposit to hold your place in the class. Because the CNL program admits first by a priority deadline and then on a rolling admission basis until the class is filled, you should have funds available to pay your deposit to ensure your spot in the admitted class.
Once your deposit is paid, you will be directed to additional information about our student success program and orientation.
What if I am not offered admission to the CNL program?
We understand that this is disappointing. Our admission decisions are based on competition within the applicant pool in any given cycle. While the CNL program is always competitive, your application will be freshly evaluated with the next cycle of applicants if you choose to reapply.
Some applicants take this opportunity to brush up on interview skills, since the interview is a critical part of this application process.
Do you offer on-campus housing?
Yes. Please visit the UMB Housing page for more information.
Affording the CNL Program
Am I considered an in-state student or an out-of-state student for purposes of tuition?
This may seem like a straightforward question, but there are many factors that impact residency status. Please review the UMB's residency information to understand the comprehensive documentation required to qualify for in-state tuition.
How do I pay for my CNL education?
Loans and Scholarships
Graduate loans are generally offered per credit hour. There are minimum and maximum numbers of credits that can be taken each semester for loan eligibility. Please visit UMB’s University Student Financial Assistance webpages or visit the office in person at 601 W. Lombard St., Suite 221, Baltimore, MD 21201 for more information.
To be eligible for loans and scholarships, you must submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You should submit the FAFSA at the same time you apply to UMSON to ensure timely financial aid decisions.
There are also scholarships available to UMSON graduate students, including CNL students. These are available for first-semester students and for students applying for scholarship support after the first semester. Many of these scholarships are merit based. These scholarships are in addition to four competitive GPA-merit-based scholarships awarded to CNL students each admission cycle. In addition, there are many scholarships that are not UMSON-specific that are available to students based on specific criteria (minority, children and grandchildren of World War II veterans, and home state legislative scholarships, to name a few); we encourage you to do internet searches to learn more about these opportunities.
Selected Funding Opportunities
UMSON Conway Scholarship: This scholarship is available to current students who will have completed 12 credit hours of graduate study by the start of the semester for which the Conway Scholarship is awarded and have at least half of their credit hours remaining. Scholarship funding covers in-state tuition and fees, and it is awarded for the remainder of your academic program. Learn more.
Peace Corps Coverdale Fellowship: UMSON offers Returned Peace Corps Volunteers an outstanding opportunity to build a health care career in nursing. Through service-learning experiences, you will improve people’s lives in underserved communities, build upon the skills and expertise you developed during your Peace Corps service, and advance the Peace Corps’ third goal: bringing the world back home. As a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow, you’ll receive a $10,000 scholarship to use toward tuition and fees for the duration of your nursing program. Learn more.
NURSE Corps Scholarship Program: Through the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration, you can receive funding for tuition, fees, and other educational costs. In exchange, you must work at an eligible facility with a critical shortage of nurses, a Critical Shortage Facility, upon graduation. Learn more.
Graduate Research Assistants: A limited number of graduate assistant positions are available by application each fiscal year. The selection process is competitive as appointments are given to students who have shown superior aptitude in their field of study and who appear likely to render a high quality of research service to the University. Graduate assistants function both as students and professionals, enhancing their education by playing this important dual role. While studying to meet academic requirements for advanced degrees, graduate assistants also complement their formal studies through research under the supervision or tutelage of UMSON faculty and staff. Employment in this type of position requires a commitment of 20 hours per week, which would require a CNL student to attend less than full time. Learn more and apply.
Work Study: Federal Work Study (FWS) is available to undergraduate and graduate students. FWS provides students the opportunity to earn funds ($10-$17/hour) as an alternative to loan debt while working on or off campus. After submitting the FAFSA, eligible students are offered FWS in the UMB financial aid package. Students must accept the FWS offer prior to seeking employment. Learn more.
Peer Tutors: Opportunities to serve as a peer tutor are available to students through the UMSON Student Success Center after your first semester, based on recommendations from faculty. Students who have demonstrated academic success in mastering content can work as a peer tutor for an hourly wage to assist fellow students in study strategies and content.