The P3 program, which is offered at all UMMS clinical sites, gives nursing students an opportunity to select a 1:1 senior practicum placement. To participate, they must interview for and accept their first job as a clinical nurse on the practicum unit, prior to the start of the practicum.

Program Description

One of the biggest decisions you'll make as a nursing student is about your career path. If you know what specialty you'd like to pursue and which hospital you'd like to work in to jumpstart your career in nursing, then this program is for you!

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is partnering with nursing schools in Maryland for a Practicum to Practice Program (P3) that offers nursing students an opportunity to select their senior practicum placement and first job as a nurse on that unit.

With P3, you'll be able to focus on your education during your final semester of nursing school knowing there is a job waiting for you after graduation.

How It Works

  • Accept an early job offer as a clinical nurse position on your desired practicum unit.
  • Complete your senior practicum on your unit of hire.
  • OPTIONAL: Work as a paid student nurse before or after your senior practicum on your unit of hire.
  • After graduation, begin working on your unit of hire.

Minimum Requirements

  • Must be an entry-into-practice student in their final semester of study
  • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater
  • Must not have a job commitment to another hospital

How to Apply

  1. Let us know more about you and your areas of interest by submitting an application using the link to the right. Applications will be reviewed as received; apply early to get your desired placement!
  2. Submit a job application for a Clinical Nurse I position at UMMS. You'll get the application link after you complete the first step of this process.
  3. Complete an interview with the nurse manager(s) of your desired practicum units.
  4. Formally accept the nurse graduate position and begin your senior practicum.

P3 Application Dates

  • Spring 2024: Applications are closed as of December 8, 2023.
  • Fall 2024: Applications will be open May 10, 2024. The application form will be available at that time.

Our Academic Partners

  • Bowie State University
  • Carroll Community College
  • Chesapeake College
  • Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
  • Coppin State University
  • Harford Community College
  • Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Towson University
  • University of Maryland School of Nursing

Contact Us

For questions about P3, please contact Cyndy Ronald at