Nearly three years after COVID-19 spread throughout the United States, our nation’s healthcare system is facing an unprecedented shortage of workers. In 2021 alone, about 334,000 healthcare professionals—including physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistant—left the workforce.1 By 2025, industry data projects that there will be more than 660,000 vacant healthcare positions.2

Maryland is no exception to this trend. The 2022 State of Maryland’s Health Care Workforce Report found about 21% of all hospital occupations throughout the state are currently vacant. This includes 25% of all hospital nursing positions—or about 9,000 nurses.3 The Maryland Hospital Association expects that, by 2035, nearly 14,000 more registered nurses and 9,200 more licensed practical nurses will be needed to meet demand and ensure high-quality patient care can continue to be delivered.4 

Given this situation, demand for qualified healthcare professionals is only expected to grow. Now is an excellent time to consider earning a new degree or certificate to both advance your career and help deliver great care in your community.

Take the Next Step in Your Nursing Career

Advance your healthcare career with a fully online master’s degree, bachelor’s degree, or certificate from Stevenson University Online. Our online Master’s in Healthcare Management has received specialized accreditation from the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) and is a Full Graduate Program Member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA). Designed for career changers and working healthcare professionals alike, our 100% online Master of Science in Healthcare Management degree can help you explore a variety of career paths in the healthcare industry.

All of our nursing programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Our online Master’s in Nursing features four concentrations—Forensic Nursing, Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership/Management, and Population-Based Care Coordination. Associate to Bachelor’s in Nursing (ATB), RN to BS in Nursing, and RN to MS in Nursing programs are also available, with tuition incentives of up to $30,000 through our partnership with a leading regional healthcare provider. 

No matter which program you choose, you’ll receive personalized attention from expert faculty with professional healthcare experience. All of our classes are taught in convenient 8-week sessions designed to work with your busy schedule.

Ready to move your healthcare career forward? Click here to request more information or call 1-877-531-7118 to speak with one of our helpful Enrollment Counselors today.

Want to learn about our other programs? Discover all the online graduate degree programs, online bachelor’s degree programs, and online graduate certificates offered by Stevenson University Online.

1. Addressing the Healthcare Staffing Shortage. Definitive Healthcare. October 2022.

2. US Healthcare Labor Market. Mercer. 2021.

3. 2022 State of Maryland’s Health Care Workforce Report. Maryland Hospital Association. August 2022.

4. Maryland Nursing Workforce Study. Global Data. June 2022.