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The bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree is offered along two tracks: 1) pre-licensure programs that prepare students for the NCLEX-RN exam and 2) “RN-to-BSN” programs that enable existing registered nurses (RNs) to earn a bachelor’s degree.

Education
The pre-licensure track is a four-year degree program that prepares students to work as licensed RNs, equipped to independently administer medical care and treatment.

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Students who pursue the second track work to convert their existing nursing license (most likely their ADN degree) to a bachelor’s degree. RN-to-BSN programs are offered on a handful of campuses across Maryland, including Towson University. The University of Maryland - Baltimore also offers an online program that can be completed in two full semesters of study.

BSN programs consist of a rigorous system of classes, lectures, and lab sessions that bring students into general education courses, including interdisciplinary courses such as Medical Ethics and Foundations of a Caring Professional. The bachelor of science in nursing program also offers the option to focus on certain areas of interest, like psychiatric and mental health or maternal care. The clinical skills gained during the program enable registered nurses to provide professional and high-quality care in the workplace.

Employment and salary
The medical world increasingly values nurses with a BSN education, since this degree ensures a high level of service and healthcare provided to patients. In fact, courses taken by BSN students go beyond the mechanics of nursing to provide education in contemporary practice and issues. BSN candidates are thus primed to seek employment with Maryland’s many reputable healthcare institutions, including Johns Hopkins Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Registered nurses are constantly in high demand and typically receive a salary between $59,590 and $83,830 annually. To learn more about these two tracks towards earning a BSN degree, examine the list of the top programs in Maryland below.

Featured Schools

Baltimore metro area

Johns Hopkins University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Stevenson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87.8% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Towson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 80.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Coppin State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sojourner-Douglass College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 60.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
Morgan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 34.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
Notre Dame of Maryland University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.6% 2007-08 to 2011-12
University of Maryland
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Stevenson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87.8% 2007-08 to 2011-12
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Towson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 80.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Coppin State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76.7% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Sojourner-Douglass College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 60.0% 2011-12 to 2011-12
Morgan State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 34.7% 2011-12 to 2011-12
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Washington, DC suburbs

Washington Adventist University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 70.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
Bowie State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 67.1% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hood College
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Washington Adventist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 70.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Bowie State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 67.1% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hood College
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion

Other Maryland cities

Salisbury University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 94.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Frostburg State University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Salisbury University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 94.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Frostburg State University
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion