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Nursing Schools in Baltimore, MD with Degree Options and Info

The Baltimore area has ten schools that offer nursing programs. Learn about the degree programs, admission info, and program requirements for three of these schools, all within five miles of downtown, and make an informed education decision.

Baltimore Nursing Schools

Students looking to become registered nurses (RN) will find several nursing schools in the city of Baltimore, Maryland. This article looks at three that are less than 15 minutes from downtown and at the programs they offer. There is also a table of pertinent information about each school, such as size, tuition, acceptance rate and graduation rate. At the end of the article are the names of a few more Baltimore-area schools with nursing programs.

  • Located in the heart of the city, the University of Maryland - Baltimore offers bachelor's, master's and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in nursing. It also has a Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
  • Johns Hopkins University offers a master's degree program in nursing, along with a Ph.D. program. Johns Hopkins also has a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. This school is 2.5 miles from the heart of Baltimore.
  • Coppin State University, about three miles from downtown, awards bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing.

Comparison of Schools

Individuals who are deciding on a nursing school need access to much information. The following table showcases important statistics and makes it easy to compare these schools.

University of Maryland - Baltimore Johns Hopkins University Coppin State University
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, private, not-for-profit 4-year, public
Total Enrollment (2017) 6,703* 25,151* 2,893*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $10,607 in-state,
$37,495 out-of-state*
$52,170* $7,474 in-state,
$13,622 out-of-state*
Percent of First-Year Students Receiving Financial Aid (2016-2017) 46% (grant or scholarship aid), 42% (federal student loans)* 68%* 94%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A* 13%* 37%*
Retention Rate of First-Time Students (2016-2017) N/A* 97% full-time* 66% full-time,
40% part-time*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (students began Fall 2011) N/A* 93% (3% transfer rate)* 24% (35% transfer rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

University of Maryland - Baltimore

UM's nursing school was founded in 1889 and today has 147 faculty members, along with more than 1,800 students annually. It is one of the largest nursing schools in the country and the largest in the state. Among its facilities are clinical evaluation labs and 28 simulation labs. Nursing programs are offered at four academic levels.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

To enter the BS program, prospective students must complete a series of prerequisite courses before beginning their nursing studies. The program prepares potential nurses to take the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for licensure.

The school allows students up to five years to complete the program. Students can earn this degree through a traditional plan of study or, for RNs with a diploma or associate's degree, through an accelerated path. RNs participating in the RN-to-BSN program also have the option of taking courses online. Courses include nursing practice, nursing across the life span, leadership, and pathopharmacology. Clinical experiences are also required.

Master of Science in Nursing

Specialization options for this degree include community/public health nursing, nursing informatics, and health services leadership. RNs can also take advantage of an RN-to-MSN program, through which they can earn a master's degree in the health services leadership specialty in about three semesters of full-time study, including one summer session. To be eligible, students must be RNs and have BSN degrees. Other master's degree options include clinical nurse leader (for students with a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field) and an MS/Master of Public Health or MS/MBA dual degree.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

To enter the doctoral program, students typically must have an MSN and a professional nursing license, but there is also an option for students entering with a BSN. Doctoral candidates can focus on clinical practice, administration, education, or policy, all as they relate to nursing. Learning includes courses and labs, as well as independent study and dissertation research. The PhD program can be completed in seven semesters of full-time study, including two summer sessions.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

This program is designed for advanced practice-level nurses such as nurse executives and nurse practitioners. To qualify for this program, prospective students must have an MSN and an RN license. Candidates study nursing philosophy and theory, healthcare technology and information systems, evidence-based practice analysis, and healthcare organizations. The program culminates in a capstone project. The DNP can be earned in four semesters of full-time study including a summer session. Required practicum hours vary depending on the area of specialty chosen; specialties include neonatal nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, nurse anesthesia, and primary and acute adult-gerontology nurse practitioner.

Johns Hopkins University

This university's nursing, medical, and public health programs are affiliated with Johns Hopkins Hospital, one of the best known healthcare institutions in the U.S. In 2019, the JHU School of Nursing was ranked #1 for its MSN program and #2 for its DNP program by U.S. News and World Report. Students seeking nursing training will find a broad array of programs and specialization options.

Master of Science in Nursing

This program emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches for meeting nursing challenges in healthcare. Entrance requirements include a BSN and a current nursing license. The length of the program varies depending on which specialty is chosen; options include health systems management or public health. The programs require similar core courses, as well as advanced practice training and a specialty curriculum. Some specialties have online courses available.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Designed for those who seek advanced roles in healthcare system and/or policy development, this program provides training in advanced health assessment, clinical pharmacology, organization/systems leadership, and advanced nursing practice. A collaborative capstone project is required for graduation. To enroll in the program, students must have a BSN, a master's degree in nursing or a related field, and both an RN license and an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license. The degree can be earned in two years of continuous study, including summer sessions. An executive track is available for those who hold an MSN with a specialization in NP, CNS, or management.

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing

This program was designed for nurses who wish to pursue higher levels of scholarship or go into research. Core studies feature health philosophy, grant writing, advanced research design, and the role of the nurse scientist. There is also extensive required training in statistics, as well as a breadth of electives to choose from. Research areas include health disparities, forensic nursing, chronic disease management, end of life care, and health promotion. To be eligible, students need either a BSN or MSN and a current nursing license. The entire program can be completed in seven semesters of continuous study, culminating with a dissertation.

Coppin State University

Coppin State University was founded in 1900 and its nursing program was approved by the state nursing board in 1974. Nursing students here attend the Helene Fuld School of Nursing, which offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Coppin offers two routes to earn the BSN. To enter the traditional program, students must pass the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) exam, have at least a 2.5 GPA in supporting classes, and submit three letters of recommendation. Students in the traditional program can earn their degrees in four years. An RN-to-BSN program is available for RNs with a nursing diploma or an associate's degree in nursing. This program allows students to earn their BSNs in two years. Finally, an accelerated program is offered to those who hold a bachelor's degree in another field of study.

Master of Science in Nursing

The MSN program can be completed in six semesters of full-time study. The program doesn't offer specialization options, but students graduating can qualify for a family nurse practitioner certification program. Eligibility requirements for the program include a bachelor's degree in nursing and a current RN license.

Other School Options

Students seeking nurse training in Baltimore may also be interested in Towson University, which is only seven miles from downtown and offers undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Prospective students will also find that Morgan State University, located about four miles from downtown, offers BSN and MSN degree programs.


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