Baltimore hospitals w/tuition reimbursement for RN-BSN/MSN?

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I would love to gain some insight on what hospitals in/near Baltimore and AA country provide good tuition reimbursement programs for BSN completion. I have found information regarding the amount availible but the "service payback period" seems vague, and often not discussed at all.

Has anyone had experiance w/completion programs and service requirements at various hospitals? How long are the payback periods? How do they determine the length of the period?

I really appreciate any insight. I'm thinking ahead about where I want to get a foot in the door and lining that up with future career/life goals.

Many thanks!

scrub<3

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I've heard good things about University of Maryland Medical Center in regards to tuition reimbursement and continuing education.

"Full-time employees can receive 100% reimbursement for the tuition cost for courses taken at the University of Maryland, other state universities and/or community colleges, and 75% reimbursement for courses taken at all other colleges and universities."

Check out their website http://www.ummc-careers.com/benefits/

Jules A, MSN

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I've heard good things about University of Maryland Medical Center in regards to tuition reimbursement and continuing education.

"Full-time employees can receive 100% reimbursement for the tuition cost for courses taken at the University of Maryland, other state universities and/or community colleges, and 75% reimbursement for courses taken at all other colleges and universities."

Check out their website http://www.ummc-careers.com/benefits/

They do have a decent tuition reimbursement program but note that the fine print goes on to say:

The maximum reimbursement for full-time employees is $5,000 per calendar year for graduate courses and $3,000 per calendar year for undergraduate courses. Full-time employees attending the University Of Maryland School of Nursing are entitled to a maximum reimbursement of $10,000 per calendar year for graduate courses and $6,000 per calendar year for undergraduate courses.

For graduate classes at $500 a credit that doesn't go as far as it would sound. I think Hopkins has a good reimbursement program also but again if you attend their school its very expensive.

SiennaGreen

411 Posts

Thanks ladies. I have read JHU and UMD web sites, but what they don't really discuss (in any detail) is a service period associated with. I know JHU has one which is something like if they reimburse you for a class that runs Jan-June; you are required to be employed w/them for 6 months after that class. What I don't know is what happens if they reimbure you for 3 classes from Jan-June; are you required to service 18 months? plus, I have only heard second hand about UMD having a service payback period-what time committment are you required to make after they reimburse you for coursework.

I may have to call HR, or just wait until I graduate and begin interviewing to find out the details.

Jules A, MSN

8,863 Posts

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

I bet if you called them they would tell you the specifics now although its possible it could change as the retirement contributions recently have. I think UMM also has the 6 month thing but like you said I'm not sure where it starts or ends. I'd be interested to know if you find out. The sad thing about both of these hospitals, imvho, is that their rate of pay is not the best in the area and also parking fees which may sound insignificant can really add up. Either one would be an excellent learning opportunity and definitely look good if a fancy pedigree will be of value to you in the future. Good luck!

P.S. I think most all hospitals offer some sort of tuition assistance.

CASTLEGATES

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UMMS requires a year per year of education. I used it to go to Washington Adventist University (excellent adule evening program; most open book because they said it's no secret you'll have your books in your office after graduation). They said we already performed memory retention through traditional classes so why bother playing memory games when they wanted you to comprehend the education you were getting.

Unfortunately 5k doesn't go far.

SiennaGreen

411 Posts

Thanks Castlegates!

Just to clairfy, is that one year of service AFTER completing the coursework and tuition is paid? Or, are you eligible for the reimbursement after working for them for one year?

I guess what I'm asking if, if I get an RN job w/them in Summer '10, and begin courseowkr Fall '10; will they reimbursement me for the coursework for 10'-11' that I'm taking while employed w/them? And is that the end of it? Or must I continue to work for them a year after completing coursework? For example, I am obligated then to work for them May '11 thru May '12 for the reimbursement they have previously given me?

Gosh, that's convuluted. You think I could just call HR, but we all know how difficult that can be.

CASTLEGATES

424 Posts

Specializes in Addictions, Acute Psychiatry.

take money this year, work another year. Take money next year, work another year. It doesn't accumulate so it's always a year more since you're still working.

I think you gotta be there for a year to start. It's only 5 grand which is **** for tuition. WOrk for a VA or Army hospital and get your doctorates for free. Nothing under the sun beats government nursing. Nothing.

chaxanmom

831 Posts

Hopkins pays $10K per year or $15K if you go to JHU. The payback is one year for each course, I believe. I have the info in my interview folder somewhere but wanted to add that they do pay double (or more for JHU) what UMMC pays.

SiennaGreen

411 Posts

One year for each course? So, if you completed a degree would you owe them 12 years?

CASTLEGATES

424 Posts

Specializes in Addictions, Acute Psychiatry.
One year for each course? So, if you completed a degree would you owe them 12 years?

condyloma!

chaxanmom

831 Posts

One year for each course? So, if you completed a degree would you owe them 12 years?

Hmm, no that's not right. I'm trying to think how she put it. I dug out my paperwork and it does say "predetermined amount of time after coursework is completed" so its not really detailed. I seem to remember it being something like one year for each year of full-time study or something? Best thing to do is just call nurse recruitment and ask directly.

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