Oct. 4, 2021: ATTN: CNL Graduates - Fall 2021 Early Exit

Dear Fall 2021 CNL Graduates, 

You may have heard about Gov. Hogan’s request to have an early exit for any nursing students who are able to respond to the nurse staffing crisis in Maryland. As the largest nursing school in Maryland (and one of the largest in the nation), UMSON has responded to the governor’s request each semester during the pandemic by providing an early exit, an important effort aligned with UMSON’s responsibility to increase the nursing workforce. 

Please find below instructions regarding the early exit for fall 2021; it is very important that you review it carefully. All graduating CNL students will be given an early exit as early as Nov. 19, provided successful completion of your fall courses. Should you have questions about individual course requirements, please contact your instructor directly.  

Additional questions should be directed to the interim CNL program director, Tara Stoudt, at tstoudt@umaryland.edu


Larry Fillian
Associate Dean for Student and Academic Services  

University of Maryland School of Nursing 
Master’s Clinical Nurse Leader Option COVID-19 Early-Exit Plan
October 4, 2021 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s request, and our own situational awareness of our students’ readiness, UMSON will provide an early-exit option for selected Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) master’s students who are scheduled to graduate from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. 


  1. For fall 2021 graduates, students will be offered the option of an early exit from the CNL option from Nov. 19 - Dec. 3, 2021. This option is voluntary. Students will have until Nov. 19 to declare their intent to participate in the early exit option. 
  2. Students will complete all graded and pass/fail learning activities for the CNL Practicum (NURS 523) inclusive of a minimum of 120 in-person patient care hours. 
  3. For students who volunteer for the early-exit option, grades will be given in both the CNL Clinical Emphasis Practicum (NURS 523) and plan of study graduate core courses as reflected by the student’s achievement at the time that all course and program requirements are satisfied.  
  4. To fulfill the requirements of the CNL option, students must complete the comprehensive exam. Please refer to the Guidelines for Scholarly Poster available at the UMB SON CNL Scholarly Poster 2021-2022 community Blackboard page.  
  5. Students may continue accessing UMSON and UMB services (Student Success Center, Blackboard, student health services, counseling, Kaplan, etc.), given they are still enrolled until degree conferral on Dec. 23, 2021.  
  6. Students must meet all course and graduation requirements by Dec. 3 to exit early. A notation will be made on the student’s transcript that they received an early exit to respond to the pandemic. 
  7. The UMSON Office of the Registrar and Student Placements will provide a letter to students that they have met the program requirements early due to the COVID-19 pandemic with the understanding that their employer allows them to be available for the required Kaplan review scheduled for Dec. 13 - 15, 2021, so they can be certified to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. Failure to complete the review course will make graduates ineligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN exam. 
  8. Students will receive communications about the need to focus on preparing for the NCLEX-RN exam.  
  9. All students are strongly encouraged to take the NCLEX-RN exam as soon as possible. 

Additional questions should be directed to the interim CNL program director, Tara Stoudt, at tstoudt@umaryland.edu