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An associate’s degree program (ADN) is one of three degrees that prepares candidates to gain licensure as a registered nurse (RN). This two-year program equips its graduates with the skills and experience necessary to provide quality medical care and treatment as independent healthcare professionals. Candidates gain clinical experience by working with hospitals, nursing homes, and other health agencies. After completing the ADN program, students are required to take a national licensure examination, the NCLEX-RN, to officially earn their license as a registered nurse.

Education
The ADN is a rigorous program, with classes taking place during the day and in the evening. Students should be prepared to spend three to four days a week attending lectures and clinical labs. There are also colleges that offer evening classes to cater to working professionals. Candidates can pursue an ADN at Montgomery College, Prince George’s Community College, and the Community College of Baltimore County. More complete information on colleges and universities that offer the ADN are available on this website.

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Students are also able to transfer from an ADN to a four-year college program to earn a bachelor of science in nursing degree (BSN).

Salary and employment
RNs constitute the largest group of healthcare professionals in the U.S. According to BLS data, there are 46,070 RNs employed in Maryland, earning an average annual wage ranging from $59,590 to $83,830.

The ADN is a competitive qualification, and licensed registered nurses are well-equipped to work in Maryland’s healthcare institutions, such as Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, and Holy Cross Hospital. For a complete review of the best ADN programs across the state of Maryland, consult the list below.

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Baltimore metro area

Anne Arundel Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 95.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Community College of Baltimore County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Baltimore City Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Carroll Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Chesapeake College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Howard Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 90.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Harford Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Anne Arundel Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 95.1% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Community College of Baltimore County
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Baltimore City Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Carroll Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.6% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Chesapeake College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.5% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Howard Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 90.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Harford Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12

Washington, DC suburbs

Frederick Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Montgomery College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 91.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
College of Southern Maryland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 88.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Prince George's Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 79.5% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Frederick Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 94.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Montgomery College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 91.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12
College of Southern Maryland
Associate's Degree in Nursing 88.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Prince George's Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 79.5% 2007-08 to 2011-12

Other Maryland cities

Allegany College of Maryland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Cecil College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 87.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Hagerstown Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 86.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Wor-Wic Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 82.4% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Allegany College of Maryland
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.1% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Cecil College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 87.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Hagerstown Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 86.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Wor-Wic Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing 82.4% 2007-08 to 2011-12