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Facts About UMSON

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), established in 1889, is the largest nursing school in Maryland and one of the largest in the nation. UMSON enrolls more than 1,700 students, including more than 200 students at the Universities at Shady Grove in Rockville, Md. UMSON is ranked 11th among all nursing schools nationally by U.S.News & World Report.

Educational Programs

  • Baccalaureate: 675 students – BSN, RN-to-BSN, RN-to-BSN Online
  • Master of Science: 896 students
  • Doctoral: 129 students –  PhD (53) and DNP (76)
  • 28 unique Web-based courses with 53 total sections; 74 unique Web-enhanced courses with 114 total sections
  • Established the first Nursing Informatics master’s and PhD programs in the world
  • Only nursing school in Maryland with an Institute for Educators in Nursing & Health Professions

Research and Extramural Funding

  • 9th in receipt of funding (for schools of nursing) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH); attracted $4.4 million in NIH grants in 2013
  • Extramural research funding of $5.2 million in FY ’13; total extramural funding of $11.2 million in FY ’13.
  • Two interprofessional Organized Research Centers: Biology and Behavior Across the Life Span and Health Outcomes Research
  • Research centers include extramurally funded investigators who study a variety of critical health problems including chronic pain, impulsivity and drug abuse, neuromuscular disorders, sleep, Web-based interventions, health care organizational issues, and bone health

Faculty and Students

  • 161 faculty members; 138 full time and 23 part time
  • More than 300 faculty associates and clinical preceptors who oversee student clinical experiences
  • 37 percent of the total student population are minorities; 12 percent are male
  • Graduates comprise more than 40 percent of Maryland’s nurse workforce


  • 24 clinical simulation laboratories (six at the Universities at Shady Grove); named a Center of Excellence in Simulation by Laerdal Medical
  • Multidisciplinary Clinical Education and Evaluation Labs using standardized patients for experiential student learning

Giving Back to the Community

  • Operates Governor’s Wellmobile Program, an interprofessional collaborative practice among nurse care managers, faculty nurse practitioners and social workers, and students providing nurse-managed primary health care to uninsured and underserved residents in Central Maryland and the Upper Eastern Shore
  • Provides nurse practitioner faculty members who practice at two school-based wellness centers in Harford County
  • Provides technical assistance and management of a school-based health center start-up in Baltimore City (the SEED School of Maryland)

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