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Nursing Schools in Maryland with Degree Program Summaries

Maryland has 27 schools that offer nursing programs. Learn about the degree and certificate programs, tuition info, and program options for the 10 largest schools to make an informed education decision.

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Essential Information

The state of Maryland has nearly 30 colleges that offer certificate and degree programs in nursing. Individuals interested in becoming certified nursing assistants (CNAs) or licensed practical nurses (LPNs) will need to complete certificate or associate's degree programs. To become a registered nurse (RN), students will need to complete the minimum of an associate's degree program in nursing. For LPNs, CNAs, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), military medics, and other health care professionals who are looking to become RNs, there are several schools throughout Maryland that offer transitional training programs. Graduate-level programs are also available, but these programs are often designed for nurse educators or advanced practice nurses.

Career Requirements

Prior to employment, the state of Maryland requires nurses to complete the certification or licensure process, which typically includes successfully completing educational programs and clinical training experiences, as well as state-approved examinations through the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) board. Training and educational requirements vary for each type of nurse. Likewise, there is a different NCLEX exam for every nursing level. Read the profiles listed below to learn more about nursing programs offered at that the 10 largest schools in Maryland.


Anne Arundel Community College

Located in Arnold, this community college provides multiple nursing programs. The RN program prepares students for the NCLEX-RN, in addition to awarding an associate's degree in nursing. The LPN program consists of 41 credits and prepares students for the NCLEX-PN. Additionally, the school offers an LPN-to RN program, which requires students to have two years of work experience as an LPN. Students can test into the second year of the LPN-to-RN program. Individuals must pass CPR certification, a health examination, and a criminal background check before enrolling in the LPN or nursing assistant programs. The college also offers a registered nursing first assistant program for individuals with an active RN license.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
    Practical Nursing Certificate,
    LPN-to-RN Program,
    Patient Care Technician Certificate,
    Geriatric Nursing Assistant Certificate,
    RN First Assistant Certificate
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $4,139 (in-district); $6,809 (in-state); $11,129 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; suburban

College of Southern Maryland

La Plata-based College of Southern Maryland offers two associate's degree programs in nursing, as well as a practical nursing certificate program. Graduates of the RN associate's degree program are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and can transfer to Stetson University to enroll in the bachelor's degree program in nursing. Students in the pre-nursing program complete science and general education courses with the intention of transferring to a bachelor's degree program in nursing, though this program does not directly prepare students for certification as an RN or LPN. The practical nursing certificate program consists of 32 credits, and upon completion, graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-PN.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
    Associate of Arts in Pre-Nursing,
    Practical Nursing Certificate
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,277 (in-district); $5,668 (in-state); $7,321 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; rural

Howard Community College

Columbia's Howard Community College provides two RN degree programs, an LPN certificate program, and an LPN-to-RN program. The associate's degree in nursing program lasts two years, and class sessions are held during the day or evenings and weekends. Students might instead choose the accelerated RN program and earn an associate's degree in nursing through 14 months of full-time study. Graduates of both RN programs are able to sit for the NCLEX-RN or transfer into a nursing bachelor's degree program. Courses for the practical nursing certificate program overlap with RN program coursework, allowing graduates of the practical nursing program to receive advanced standing in the RN program. The practical nursing certificate program qualifies graduates to sit for the NCLEX-PN.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
    Accelerated Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
    Practical Nursing Certificate,
    LPN-to-RN Program
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $4,343 (in-district); $6,833 (in-state); $8,183 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; suburban

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in nursing. Based on 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings, this university has the top-ranked graduate nursing school in the nation as well as multiple departments ranked in the top 10. The bachelor's degree program is an accelerated program for students who have earned a bachelor's degree in a subject other than nursing and are seeking a career change. Additionally, the accelerated BS-to-MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) program includes the option for students to attend a 1-year paid internship at a Johns Hopkins University-affiliated hospital. Master's degree programs include concentrations in 12 areas, and some concentration areas are offered online. Doctoral students can pursue a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) to focus on advanced clinical practice or a PhD in Nursing Science to focus on research and academic applications. The school also has an MSN-to-PhD program and offers multiple postgraduate certificate programs.

  • Programs Offered: Accelerated Bachelor of Science,
    Accelerated BS to MSN,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    MSN to PhD Program,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice,
    Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science,
    Postgraduate Certificates
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $43,390*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city

Montgomery College

Montgomery College administers an associate's degree program in registered nursing at its Tacoma Park campus. The program lasts two years, and graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN. An LPN-to-RN program begins in May every year, as does the the military medic-to-RN program, which allows military medics and corpsmen to transition into civilian nursing, earn an associate's degree, and sit for the NCLEX-RN.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
    LPN-to-RN Program,
    Military Medic-to-RN Program
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $4,452 (in-district); $8,664 (in-state); $11,724 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; small city

Morgan State University

Baltimore's Morgan State University offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in nursing. Students must wait until their junior year (69-76 completed credits of general education courses) and have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in prior coursework to be considered for admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. BSN graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN. The two areas of study in the MSN program, nursing administration or nursing education, both include clinical experiences in addition to classroom coursework.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $7,012 (in-state); $16,356 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; large city

Prince George's Community College

This community college, located in Largo, provides registered nursing, practical nursing, and LPN-to-RN programs, as well as an EMT-to-RN program. Graduates of the associate's degree program in nursing are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN or transfer into a 4-year university and fulfill upper-level nursing coursework, culminating in a bachelor's degree in nursing. Completion of the practical nursing program allows students to sit for the NCLEX-PN. Individuals holding a current LPN license are able to enroll in the LPN-to-RN program. Students enrolling in the EMT-to-RN program must hold an active Maryland paramedic license and have three years of paramedic work experience. The EMT-to-RN program bestows an associate's degree in nursing, and graduates are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
    Practical Nursing Certificate,
    LPN-to-RN Program,
    EMT-to-RN Program
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,410 (in-state); $5,186 (in-state); $7,418 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; suburban

Salisbury University

This university in Salisbury provides multiple degrees in nursing, including two bachelor's degree options, an RN-to-BSN program, two master's degree programs, and a doctoral degree program. Traditional bachelor's degree students typically apply to the BSN program during sophomore year. The school also provides a 3-semester BSN option for career-changing students who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. The RN-to-BSN program, for students who hold a current Maryland RN license, can be completed in two years of part-time study. Graduate degree programs include an RN-to-MSN, a traditional MSN, and a DNP. Graduate-level concentrations include family nursing, clinical nursing, and health care leadership.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    Doctor of Nursing Practice,
    RN-to-BSN Program,
    RN-to-MSN Program
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $7,700 (in-state); $16,046 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; suburban

The Community College of Baltimore County

This Baltimore-based community college operates RN, LPN, LPN-to-RN, EMT-to-RN, and MSN programs. The RN program has schedules for weekdays, evenings and weekends, as well as a hybrid online format. In addition to a valid Maryland LPN license, applicants to the LPN-to-RN program must have at least six months of work experience in nursing. Applicants to the EMT-to-RN program must have at least two years of experience as a paramedic and valid Maryland EMT certification. The MSN program, a joint venture between Towson University and CCBC, is designed for students with a bachelor's degree in any subject who want to change careers into nursing. Students obtain an associate's degree in nursing at CCBC and continue studies at Towson University. The MSN program requires three years of full-time year-round study.

  • Programs Offered: Associate of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    Practical Nursing Certificate,
    LPN-to-RN Program,
    EMT-to-RN Program
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $3,422 (in-district); $6,152 (in-state); $9,012 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 2-year, public; suburban

Towson University

Based in Towson, this university offers three degree programs in nursing. Aspirants to the bachelor's degree program are eligible to apply after completing 42 undergraduate credits with a minimum 3.0 GPA, including 11 required nursing major prerequisite courses. The school operates an RN-to-BSN degree program, and students are encouraged to take general chemistry, nutrition, and microbiology before enrolling in the 30-credit degree program. Designed for working registered nurses, the MSN program is offered full-time and part-time, and most courses are also offered on weekday evenings.

  • Programs Offered: Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    Master of Science in Nursing,
    RN-to-BSN Program
  • Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013): $8,132 (in-state); $19,754 (out-of-state)*
  • School Type & Setting: 4-year, public; small city

School Comparison: At a Glance

School Name School Type & Setting Nursing Programs Offered Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)
Anne Arundel Community College 2-year, public; suburban Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
Practical Nursing Certificate,
LPN-to-RN Program,
Patient Care Technician Certificate,
Geriatric Nursing Assistant Certificate,
RN First Assistant Certificate
$4,139 (in-district);
$6,809 (in-state);
$11,129 (out-of-state)*
College of Southern Maryland 2-year, public; rural Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
Associate of Arts in Pre-Nursing,
Practical Nursing Certificate
$3,277 (in-district);
$5,668 (in-state);
$7,321 (out-of-state)*
Howard Community College 2-year, public; suburban Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
Accelerated Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
Practical Nursing Certificate,
LPN-to-RN Program
$4,343 (in-district);
$6,833 (in-state);
$8,183 (out-of-state)*
Johns Hopkins University 4-year, private not-for-profit; large city Accelerated Bachelor of Science,
Accelerated BS to MSN,
Master of Science in Nursing,
MSN to PhD Program,
Doctor of Nursing Practice,
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science,
Postgraduate Certificates
$43,390*
Montgomery College 2-year, public; small city Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
LPN-to-RN Program,
Military Medic-to-RN Program
$4,452 (in-district);
$8,664 (in-state);
$11,724 (out-of-state)*
Morgan State University 4-year, public; large city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing
$7,012 (in-state);
$16,356 (out-of-state)*
Prince George's Community College 2-year, public; suburban Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
Practical Nursing Certificate,
LPN-to-RN Program,
EMT-to-RN Program
$3,410 (in-state);
$5,186 (in-state);
$7,418 (out-of-state)*
Salisbury University 4-year, public; suburban Associate of Science in Nursing (RN),
Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Doctor of Nursing Practice,
RN-to-BSN Program,
RN-to-MSN Program
$7,700 (in-state);
$16,046 (out-of-state)*
The Community College of Baltimore County 2-year, public; suburban Associate of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
Practical Nursing Certificate,
LPN-to-RN Program,
EMT-to-RN Program
$3,422 (in-district);
$6,152 (in-state);
$9,012 (out-of-state)*
Towson University 4-year, public; small city Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
Master of Science in Nursing,
RN-to-BSN Program
$8,132 (in-state);
$19,754 (out-of-state)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

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