Students are admitted to the graduate programs as members of a cohort, progressing together in a supportive environment.
Our accelerated format is designed for nurses in practice who choose part-time study.
Classes are usually taken sequentially, one class at a time, on the same day of the week and during the same four-hour period throughout the program. Regular courses range from four to nine weeks in duration, while the required 90-hour education practica are offered for the entire semester.
The student learning outcomes are lived by graduates as:
Create a space for leaders in advanced roles for ‘being-with’ students, staff, and other health care colleagues that reveals authentic nursing presence.
Demonstrate and cultivate excellence in leadership praxis through the synthesis of research, theory, and reflective practice.
Lead change by serving as an active voice for nurses and nursing with patients, families, communities, and organizations regarding health policy and social justice within an ethical framework.
Create an environment that promotes critical inquiry through multiple ways of knowing.
Nurture a place for healing, personal and professional growth, and a culture of caring for self and others.
Foster an environment of excellence and courage for staff and student colleagues to interpret the evidence through the lens of multiple ways of knowing.
NUR 500 Intro to Scholarly Caring Inquiry (3)
NUR 501 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing (3)
NUR 502 Technology in Nursing Education: A Caring Presence (3)
NUR 503 Assessment of Student Learning in Nursing Education (3)
NUR 504 Holistic Approaches to Direct Care (2)
NUR 510 Contemporary Leadership in Nursing (2)
NUR 512 Issues and Trends in Nursing Education (3)
NUR 513 Curriculum Development and Evaluation Grounded in Caring Science (4)
NUR 535 Advanced Pathopharmacology for Nurse Educators (3)
NUR 537 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (3)
NUR 542 Advancing Caring Science through Scholarly Inquiry (3)
NUR 605 Teaching in Nursing Education Seminar and Practicum (4)
Small class sizes, cohorts, and personal attention provide a supportive learning environment while practica and study abroad experiences provide opportunities for enacting leadership in teaching.
Notre Dame of Maryland University offers scholarships through the Cohen Scholars Program for students pursuing the MSN - Leadership in Nursing Education concentration. Funded by the Maryland Nurse Support Program II, the scholarships help prepare students to become nurse educators, nurse faculty, or clinical educators in Maryland. Award recipients may receive scholarships up to the full amount of tuition and mandatory fees. Interested students may apply for Cohen Scholars through NDMU after applying to the University.
The Cohen Scholars Program is funded by the Nurse Support Program II for students to complete the graduate degrees (MS, MSN, DNP, PhD, EdD) and core education coursework, including post-master's teaching certificates, necessary to prepare to become a nurse educator, nurse faculty or clinical educator in one of Maryland’s nursing degree programs. The Cohen Scholars are recognized as the next generation of nurse educators to fill the positions needed now and in the future and will serve as new nursing faculty and clinical educators to produce the additional nursing graduates required by Maryland’s hospitals and health systems.
The maximum amount of the award is equal to all tuition and mandatory fees for courses in the approved nursing plan of study at Maryland public and independent colleges and universities.
New nominees will be selected by faculty committees at each participating school, with Cohen Scholars mentoring plans completed. Nominees should be enrolled at a Maryland college or university as a graduate student in a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, post-graduate certificate program in nursing education, Doctorate (PhD, DNP) program or another graduate-level program required to advance the nursing educator career path. To be eligible, nominees must agree to the plan of study, core educational coursework, mentoring plan and maintain a 3.25 cumulative GPA.
A recipient must sign a promissory note affirming that the recipient will serve as a nurse faculty at a Maryland institution with nursing degree programs by doing the following:
Individuals fulfilling their service obligations as a part-time nurse faculty member or hospital educator or approved educational role serving in Maryland must work two years for each year of their full-time employment obligation. Full-time employment is defined as 35 or more hours per week or a contract for 12 or more academic credit hours per semester in didactic instruction. Part-time employment is defined as 20-34 hours per week or a contract for less than 12 academic credit hours in didactic instruction or a clinical instruction contract for less than 12 contact hours or combination of less than 12 academic credit and/or contact hours per semester.
The service obligation begins within six months after completion of your degree program, and cannot be fulfilled prior to completion. If you hold this scholarship with any other award requiring a service obligation, you must perform your service in consecutive years. A recipient must meet the service obligation at any Maryland institution granting nursing degrees and is not required to work at the sponsoring institution. If the service obligation is not met, the Cohen Scholars (formerly Hal and Jo Cohen GNF) award must be repaid with interest.
Students who have received this award in a prior year will continue to be eligible for the full program of study if they meet the requirements, follow the mentoring plan and continue to make good progress in the program.
Students can apply by submitting the Nomination form along with the Nomination Essay form, which should be submitted to the Project Director/Program Coordinator, Dr. Katelyn Barley, at email@example.com.
Cohen Scholars will need to complete a Promissory Note and a Cohen Scholars Service Obligation Agreement in addition to the Cohen Scholars Nomination form, the Nomination Essay form, and a Mentoring Plan.
The deadline to submit the required information for acceptance is set annually. The deadline date for the is July 15.
Students will hear of their funding status within 10 days from the deadline date to submit the Nomination form.
Awards will be applied to a student’s account after the Add/Drop period each semester.
The contact person for the Cohen Scholars Program is Dr. Katelyn Barley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A recipient will be required to repay the Cohen Scholars (formerly Hal and Jo Cohen GNF) if the recipient has the award revoked; fails to meet the required GPA of 3.25; fails to complete the 9 SH of education core coursework; fails to complete the appropriate degree or certificate program; fails to graduate or demonstrate professional behavior; fails to become licensed or certified as required; has a license or certification revoked during education or service; fails to complete the Cohen Scholars mentoring plan with annual updates; fails to complete the annual questionnaire on performance of service obligation; fails to perform the required service for the required amount of time; or otherwise fails to carry out the obligations of the scholarship.
Yes, it is possible to be hired by the School of Nursing but there is no guarantee of an offer of employment for students receiving Cohen Scholars funding. Cohen Scholars recipients should actively apply to as many schools as possible.
Practicum experiences are tailored to meet your professional goals. Placements are coordinated through our faculty.
Possible placement locations include:
Each cohort practices the art of advocacy and service as a professional leadership responsibility.
By working with faculty and the Office of International Programs, our students have studied health policy, leadership, and have even partially fulfilled education practicum requirements at locations around the world.