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A number of public and private institutions in Maryland offer some kind of health care degree program. The majority of these schools offer either an undergraduate nursing program that qualifies graduates to take the NCLEX-RN exam to become a registered nurse, or a graduate-level nursing program for advanced practice nurses. However, some schools focus on the non-clinical components of health care, like health care administration. Depending on the program, students may participate in clinical and laboratory experiences as well as internships.
Listed below are brief overviews of the health care programs at the ten largest schools in Maryland, along with a comparison table that highlights each schools' associate's, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree programs, tuition information, and type of institution. The health care-related programs include:
- Health Administration Informatics
- Medical Office Assistant
- Health Education
- Health Care Management
- Health Information Management
- Medical Laboratory Technology
- Health Systems Management
College of Southern Maryland
The Health Sciences Division at La Plata's College of Southern Maryland offers health care programs including an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Health Information Management, an AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology, and an Associate of Science (AS) in Nursing. The 70-credit health information management program integrates general education coursework with classes such as allied health pharmacology, human anatomy and physiology, elements of supervision, and medical terminology. The medical laboratory technology program consists of 65 credits and combines didactic training with clinical rotations for hands-on training. Coursework covers hematology, urinalysis, body fluids analysis, and biology. The 70-credit nursing program prepares students to become registered nurses and qualifies graduates to take the NCLEX-RN in Maryland. This program combines pre-clinical and clinical coursework along with classes including community and behavioral health, adult nursing care, and intercultural communication.
Howard Community College
Columbia-based Howard Community College offers clinical and administrative health care programs, including an AAS in Health Care for the Professional, an Associate of Arts (AA) in Health Education, and an AA in Nursing. The health care for the professional program has tracks for allied health professionals who are already nationally certified in cardiovascular technology or radiologic technology, or licensed in Maryland or nationally as EMT-Paramedics. Graduates of the massage therapy track transfer to the Baltimore School of Massage to complete the curriculum required to be eligible for the National Certification Examination in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and subsequent Maryland licensure as massage therapists. Credit requirements range from 60-64, and include general education courses along with the professional curriculum.
The health education program comprises 62-64 credits and is geared toward those interested in health care and academia. Coursework includes global health, current health issues, personal and community health, and current health issues. The nursing program, requiring 69-72 credits, includes both clinical, hands-on experiences and a didactic portion that covers medical and surgical nursing, trends in nursing, community and mental health nursing, and foundations of nursing practice. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN exam for nursing licensure.
Johns Hopkins University
Located in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University offers a number of undergraduate and graduate-level dual nursing programs, a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing, and an MS in Health Systems Management. The entry-level Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree in a field outside of nursing. The health systems management program consists of 35 credits, available in both a traditional classroom format and entirely online, and prepares students for administrative positions in health care. Program coursework includes nursing ethics, nursing management, program development and evaluation for health care, and applications of research to practice.
The DNP option integrates didactic training with clinical experiences in a program that prepares advanced practice nurses to apply research advancements to patient care. Coursework may cover organizational and systems leadership for quality care, health economics, advanced nursing policy, and a final practice-application capstone project. The PhD program is geared toward individuals interested in research to develop the theoretical and practical foundations of nursing care. The 49-credit program requires students take statistics and core nursing classes. A final dissertation and electives make up the rest of the program, and courses may include advanced research design, issues and trends in global health, stress and stress response, and international health systems.
Rockville's Montgomery College offers an AS in Nursing, an AAS in Health Information Management, and an AA in Health Education. Each associate degree program requires general education coursework. The 65-credit nursing program integrates clinical experiences with program coursework covering nursing, basic health assessment, and transition to professional nursing practice. Students interested in health information technician positions may enroll in the 62- to 65-credit health information management program and take classes including alternate health care delivery, medical terminology, concepts of disease, and management of health information. The 60- to 61-credit health education program is designed for students who are interested in positions in academia. Curriculum includes anatomy and physiology, the science and theory of health, introduction to health behaviors, and electives.
Prince George's Community College
Largo-based Prince George's Community College's administrative and clinical health care programs include an AAS in Health Information Management, an AA in Health Education, and an AS in Nursing. The associate-level health information management classes include fundamentals of health information, disease processes, health information statistics, medical terminology, and elements of supervision. The health education program prepares students to transfer into a four-year program that includes a teaching option. Curriculum covers personal and community health, human sexuality, fitness and wellness applications, first aid, and health issues for women. The nursing program prepares students to sit for the NCLEX-RN licensure exam to become registered nurses. In addition to foundation-based classes, nursing students take courses including reproductive health, introduction to nursing, physiological integrity, and nursing care of children. General education courses such as composition and mathematics rounds out all of the associate degree programs.
The Community College of Baltimore County
The Community College of Baltimore County in Baltimore offers administrative health care programs, including an AAS in Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, and Medical Office Administration. The 69-credit health informatics and information technology program includes several hands-on practicums and coursework in medical terminology, basic medical coding, clinical coding, health care delivery systems, and principles of management. The 68-credit medical laboratory technology program integrates general education classes with classes in immunology, blood banking, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis, as well as clinical internships covering topics such as hematology and microbiology.
Located in Towson, Towson University offers a baccalaureate-level program in health care management, a BS in Nursing, and an MS in Health Sciences. Health care management majors take courses health care in the U.S., health care administration, ethical issues in health administration, and chronic diseases, as well as business and general education classes leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Students choose upper-level electives within an area of interest, and must complete a a 12-credit internship at a health care setting of the student's choice. The bachelor's program in nursing is an entry-level option to prepare students for positions as registered nurses. Students must complete a total of 120 credits, including classes covering health care in mental health, adult health and illness, child health, and complex illness. The 36-credit MS in Health Sciences allows students to choose a specialty in administration, community health, or school health education.
University of Maryland - Baltimore County
The Baltimore branch of the University of Maryland offers a baccalaureate-level program in health administration and policy, for students interested in addressing public health care concerns. This program allows students to choose one of three program tracks: health services administration, health policy, and public health. In addition to courses specific to the chosen concentration, all students must and participate in an internship and take a handful of core classes that cover health care organization, the U.S. health care system, and human development implications for health and disease.
University of Maryland - College Park
The College Park campus of the University of Maryland hosts a Master of Health Administration through its Department of Health Services Administration. This 51-credit program culminates in a capstone internship and project. Classes include health care management, health care economics, human resources, politics and policy of health, and public health research methods.
University of Maryland - University College
Adelphi-based University of Maryland offers an MS in Health Care Administration and an MS in Health Informatics Administration, both of which are administered online. The health care administration program is geared toward professionals seeking advanced training. This 36-credit program integrates management classes and classes in public health administration, long-term care administration, financial management for health care organizations, and legal aspects of health care administration. The health administration informatics program consists of 36 credits and combines two practical health care classes with didactic coursework in information technology, health data management, research methods, and relational database systems with. Required coursework includes.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Health Care Degree Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|College of Southern Maryland||Two-year, public; rural fringe|| Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management,
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology,
Associate of Science in Nursing
|$3,542 in-district, $6,111 in-state, $7,911 out-of-state*|
|Howard Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Health Care for the Professional,
Associate of Arts in Nursing
|$3,698 in-district, $5,690 in-state, $6,770 out-of-state*|
|Johns Hopkins University||University, private not-for-profit; large city|| Master of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Health Systems Management,
Doctor of Nursing Practice,
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
|Montgomery College||Two-year, public; small city|| Associate of Science in Nursing,
Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management,
Associate of Arts in Health Education
|$4,728 in-district, $9,156 in-state, $12,432 out-of-state*|
|Prince George's Community College||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Management,
Associate of Arts in Health Education,
Associate of Science in Nursing
|$3,650 in-district, $5,762 in-state, $8,090 out-of-state*|
|The Community College of Baltimore County||Two-year, public; large suburb|| Associate of Applied Science in Health Informatics and Information Technology,
Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology
|$3,712 in-district, $6,650 in-state, $9,718 out-of-state*|
|Towson University||University, public; small city|| Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management,
Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Health Sciences
|$9,182 in-state and $20,788 out-of-state*|
|University of Maryland - Baltimore County||University, public; large suburb||Bachelor's in Health Administration and Policy||$11,006 in-state and $23,770 out-of-state*|
|University of Maryland - College Park||University, public; large suburb||Master of Health Administration||$12,896 in-state and $26,054 out-of-state (graduate)*|
|University of Maryland - University College||University, public; large city|| Master of Science in Health Care Administration,
Master of Science in Health Administration Informatics
|$8,514 in-state and $12,132 out-of-state (graduate)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator.