Nurse Fellowships

No organization supports your growth and success like UMMC. Whether you're a new graduate nurse or seasoned professional, you'll have access to the kind of educational resources that can take your career development in nursing much further.

Our Nursing Fellowships and Career Development Programs are just a few of the ways we show our commitment to advancing of the practice of nursing, every day. Each of these programs is designed to give you the knowledge and support you need, whether you're preparing to take your first step into an exciting new profession, preparing for practice in a new specialty or simply expanding your role.

Clinical Scholars Program

Our Clinical Scholars Program offers talented senior-year nursing students an opportunity to earn valuable Nursing Scholarship financial assistance while supporting their smooth transition from the classroom to the professional workplace. The Program is available only to University of Maryland, School of Nursing and Stevenson University students.

Qualified students in a Bachelor of Science or Clinical Nurse Leader Program receive a $5,000 Nursing Scholarship for a two year commitment if selected for the program.

To be eligible for the Clinical Scholars Program, you must be entering your senior year in a BSN or Clinical Nurse Leader Program, have a GPA of 3.0 or greater and sit for the NCLEX exam within 60 days of graduation from your nursing program. To learn more and apply, contact Cyndy Ronald, by e-mail at

Student Nurse Residency Program

For nursing students ready to enhance their clinical competence and prepare for the challenging role ahead, UMMC's Student Nurse Residency Program offers the in-depth training that can put your career on the fast track. This is a paid ten week summer program that typically runs from the first week of June through the first week of August. You will work one-on-one with a nurse preceptor, attend education classes, present a poster project at the end of the program and keep bi-weekly journals.

To be considered, all students must be a BSN or CNL candidate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and graduating in December of the application year or the following May. You must have completed the Basic Fundamentals and Health Assessment courses as well as Adult Health (or equivalent) and hold CNA licensure for the state of Maryland. The application deadline is the end of January for that summer's program. You must be available to work 36 hours per week during the summer months. All applicants must be Maryland state residents.

Please complete the Student Nurse Resident application. Required recommendation form.

OR Nurse Fellowship

The OR Nurse Fellowship is designed to prepare new nursing graduates and nurses who have no prior work experience in a perioperative setting to perform the roles of the registered nurse in the operating room. The program is tailored to meet each individual's specific training needs, based upon their prior educational and work experiences.

The program is offered three times a year:  mid summer, fall, and winter.  Applications for a position in the fellowship are accepted on line through the normal employment process.  Applications may be submitted when the position for the “RN OR Nurse Fellowship” is listed as an available opening on the website.

The fellowship combines a formal perioperative training course, additional classroom time, as well as simulation training in a lab setting prior to entering the operating room.  Trainees are oriented to both the RN circulator and the scrub roles.  After a dedicated period of time with primary preceptors in each role, the trainees will rotate through multiple core specialties to gain an understanding of a wide variety of the surgical procedures commonly performed at the Medical Center and in the Trauma Center. 

In addition, the program also includes an introduction to other perioperative areas such as the Post Anesthesia Care Unit, Same Day Surgery, Central Sterile Processing and Anesthesia. New graduate fellowship trainees also participate in the year long nurse residency program that is led by the department of Professional Development.  Courses and workshops associated with this fellowship are approved for continuing education credits. For more information, call 410-328-9881.

New Graduate Nurse Support Program

Build your career on a solid foundation. Our New Graduate Nurse Support Program provides a challenging learning environment for future nursing leaders through personalized, comprehensive, high-quality experiences. Enrollment in Program dependent upon hire as new graduate nurse at UMMC.

  • Participate in an orientation program that utilizes a Basic Knowledge Assessment Tool (BKAT), personality and learning style assessment scores to tailor your experience
  • Develop effective clinical judgment and critical thinking skills
  • Be able to lead practice through evidence-based research
  • Be empowered to improve practice in your unit and at the organizational level
  • Experience a healthy work environment that promotes team work and socialization
  • Engage in a one-on-one mentorship that will help identify and achieve short- and long-term goals on your journey to becoming a professional nurse
  • Be mentored in your transition into a competent, professional nurse

By the completion of the program, participants will have performed a research project, conducted a presentation and produced a paper for publication. Students are also ready to be accepted as a graduate student at UMSON.

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