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's Practicum to Practice Program (P3) 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. 

Program Description

P3 offers nursing students an opportunity to apply for their first job as a nurse in their unit of choice before graduation. P3 is offered at all UMMS clinical sites. To participate, applicants must interview and accept a clinical nurse position to be placed in their unit of choice for their senior practicum.  

How It Works

  • Accept an early job offer as a clinical nurse position in your desired 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 below. Applications will be reviewed as received; apply early to get your desired area of interest!
  2. Complete an interview with the nurse manager(s) of your desired units.
  3. Formally accept the clinical nurse position and begin your senior practicum.

P3 Application Dates

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
  • Stevenson University
  • Towson University
  • University of Maryland School of Nursing

Contact Us

For questions about P3, please contact Cyndy Ronald at