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Maryland’s thriving nursing industry has multiple levels of entry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state employs more than 26,000 certified nursing assistants (CNAs), 11,000 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and 46,000 registered nurses (RNs). Regardless of nursing role, there are numerous employment opportunities at both private and public healthcare centers throughout the state.

To meet the robust demand for nurses in Maryland, more than 25 local schools offer accredited nursing programs. The broad range of offerings enables students with different career goals, time commitments, and financial ability to find a strong fit. Maryland’s nursing schools may be broadly divided into two categories: public and private institutions. Both have their advantages. Public schools charge lower tuition fees and have standardized, state-approved syllabi for their nursing programs. Private schools offer smaller class sizes, more personalized attention, and a prestigious name on the résumé.

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Whether public or private, Maryland’s nursing programs promise a significant return on investment. The state’s CNAs earn $24,000-32,000 per year upon completing only a brief certificate course. LPNs make about $50,000 annually after finishing their 1-1.5 years of study. The state’s RNs, who must hold an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree, take home over $70,000 per year on average.

To learn more about Maryland’s accredited nursing schools, refer to our comprehensive list below. We’ve organized them by class size within each metro area, ordered from largest to smallest.

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Baltimore metro area

Community College of Baltimore County
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 319 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 34 students during the 2011-12 period
Johns Hopkins University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 285 students during the 2011-12 period
University of Maryland
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 244 students during the 2011-12 period
Direct Entry MSN: 104 students during the 2011-12 period
Howard Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 152 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 14 students during the 2011-12 period
Harford Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 150 students during the 2011-12 period
Towson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 148 students during the 2011-12 period
Stevenson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 120 students during the 2011-12 period
Anne Arundel Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2011-12 period
Carroll Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 89 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2011-12 period
Morgan State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 75 students during the 2011-12 period
Baltimore City Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 71 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2011-12 period
Coppin State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 54 students during the 2011-12 period
Chesapeake College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 53 students during the 2011-12 period
Sojourner-Douglass College
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 43 students during the 2011-12 period
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 15 students during the 2011-12 period
School Program Class size
Community College of Baltimore County Associate's Degree in Nursing 319 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 34 students
Johns Hopkins University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 285 students
University of Maryland Bachelor of Science in Nursing 244 students
Direct Entry MSN 104 students
Howard Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 152 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 14 students
Harford Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 150 students
Towson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 148 students
Stevenson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 120 students
Anne Arundel Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 89 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students
Carroll Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 89 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 9 students
Morgan State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 75 students
Baltimore City Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 71 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students
Coppin State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 54 students
Chesapeake College Associate's Degree in Nursing 53 students
Sojourner-Douglass College Certificate in Practical Nursing 43 students
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 15 students

Washington, DC suburbs

Prince George's Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 167 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 8 students during the 2011-12 period
Montgomery College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 155 students during the 2011-12 period
Bowie State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 71 students during the 2011-12 period
College of Southern Maryland
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2011-12 period
Washington Adventist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 62 students during the 2011-12 period
Frederick Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 60 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 16 students during the 2011-12 period
School Program Class size
Prince George's Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 167 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 8 students
Montgomery College Associate's Degree in Nursing 155 students
Bowie State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 71 students
College of Southern Maryland Associate's Degree in Nursing 63 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 7 students
Washington Adventist University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 62 students
Frederick Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 60 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 16 students

Other Maryland cities

Allegany College of Maryland
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 94 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2011-12 period
Salisbury University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 87 students during the 2011-12 period
Hagerstown Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 66 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 12 students during the 2011-12 period
Wor-Wic Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 63 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 47 students during the 2011-12 period
Cecil College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 57 students during the 2011-12 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 1 student during the 2011-12 period
School Program Class size
Allegany College of Maryland Associate's Degree in Nursing 94 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 students
Salisbury University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 87 students
Hagerstown Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 66 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 12 students
Wor-Wic Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 63 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 47 students
Cecil College Associate's Degree in Nursing 57 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 1 student