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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

University of Maryland
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 293 students during the 2017-18 period
Direct Entry MSN: 88 students during the 2017-18 period
Community College of Baltimore County
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 194 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 25 students during the 2017-18 period
Johns Hopkins University
Direct Entry MSN: 173 students during the 2017-18 period
Towson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 151 students during the 2017-18 period
Howard Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 129 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2016-17 period
Harford Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 111 students during the 2017-18 period
Anne Arundel Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 109 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2017-18 period
Stevenson University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 67 students during the 2017-18 period
Baltimore City Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 48 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2017-18 period
Coppin State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 47 students during the 2017-18 period
Carroll Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 43 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 13 students during the 2017-18 period
Chesapeake College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 41 students during the 2017-18 period
Notre Dame of Maryland University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 29 students during the 2017-18 period
Morgan State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 9 students during the 2017-18 period
School Program Class size
University of Maryland Bachelor of Science in Nursing 293 students
Direct Entry MSN 88 students
Community College of Baltimore County Associate's Degree in Nursing 194 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 25 students
Johns Hopkins University Direct Entry MSN 173 students
Towson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 151 students
Howard Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 129 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 7 students
Harford Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 111 students
Anne Arundel Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 109 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 7 students
Stevenson University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 67 students
Baltimore City Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 48 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students
Coppin State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 47 students
Carroll Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 43 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 13 students
Chesapeake College Associate's Degree in Nursing 41 students
Notre Dame of Maryland University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 29 students
Morgan State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 9 students

Washington, DC suburbs

Prince George's Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 142 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 4 students during the 2017-18 period
Montgomery College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 120 students during the 2017-18 period
College of Southern Maryland
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 84 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 7 students during the 2016-17 period
Frederick Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 61 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 11 students during the 2015-16 period
Bowie State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 56 students during the 2017-18 period
Washington Adventist University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 18 students during the 2017-18 period
Ana G. Mendez University - Capital Area
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 9 students during the 2017-18 period
Hood College
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 5 students during the 2017-18 period
School Program Class size
Prince George's Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 142 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 4 students
Montgomery College Associate's Degree in Nursing 120 students
College of Southern Maryland Associate's Degree in Nursing 84 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 7 students
Frederick Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 61 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 11 students
Bowie State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 56 students
Washington Adventist University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 18 students
Ana G. Mendez University - Capital Area Bachelor of Science in Nursing 9 students
Hood College Bachelor of Science in Nursing 5 students

Other Maryland cities

Salisbury University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 83 students during the 2017-18 period
Allegany College of Maryland
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 80 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 9 students during the 2017-18 period
Wor-Wic Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 68 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2017-18 period
Hagerstown Community College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 50 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 17 students during the 2017-18 period
Cecil College
Associate's Degree in Nursing: 36 students during the 2017-18 period
Certificate in Practical Nursing: 10 students during the 2017-18 period
School Program Class size
Salisbury University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 83 students
Allegany College of Maryland Associate's Degree in Nursing 80 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 9 students
Wor-Wic Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 68 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 36 students
Hagerstown Community College Associate's Degree in Nursing 50 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 17 students
Cecil College Associate's Degree in Nursing 36 students
Certificate in Practical Nursing 10 students