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Programs include LPN/LVN, ADN, BSN, MSN, and more

Public nursing schools are operated by state colleges and universities. They provide a viable option for aspiring nurses with tight educational budgets. These government-funded nursing schools charge lower tuition than private schools; they also offer a state-approved syllabus and standardized methods of instruction. Students can attain licensure for all four levels of nursing at Maryland’s public schools: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN).

Maryland’s public nursing schools may be broadly categorized into two groups: two-year community colleges and four-year state universities. The state’s vast network of community colleges offers LPN certificate and RN associate’s degree programs at over a dozen sites. These include Allegany College of Maryland, College of Southern Maryland, and Montgomery College. Maryland also has a half-dozen state universities that offer baccalaureate and graduate education in nursing. These include notable schools like Bowie State University, Morgan State University, and Salisbury University.

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Nursing graduates of all stripes can expect attractive employment prospects and substantial pay. Maryland’s CNAs and LPNs, who must complete only a brief certificate program, earn a median annual salary of $27,620 and $50,550, respectively. The state’s RNs earn $70,810 per year on average; nurses with baccalaureate education often receive top-quartile pay of $83,830 or more. APRNs, who must hold a master’s degree or higher, can earn $90,000-180,000 annually depending upon area of specialization. Major local nursing employers include private healthcare facilities like Holy Cross Hospital and Genesis HealthCare, as well as public institutions like University of Maryland Medical Systems.

To find out more about Maryland’s public nursing schools, please refer to our comprehensive list below.

Featured Schools

Baltimore metro area

Anne Arundel Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baltimore City Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Carroll Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chesapeake College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Community College of Baltimore County
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Coppin State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Harford Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Howard Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Morgan State University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Towson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Maryland
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
School City Programs offered
Anne Arundel Community College Arnold
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Baltimore City Community College Baltimore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Carroll Community College Westminster
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Chesapeake College Wye Mills
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Coppin State University Baltimore
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Harford Community College Bel Air
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Howard Community College Columbia
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Morgan State University Baltimore
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Towson University Towson
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
University of Maryland Baltimore
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • MSN: Clinical Nurse Leader
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion

Washington, DC suburbs

Bowie State University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Southern Maryland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Frederick Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Montgomery College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Prince George's Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
School City Programs offered
Bowie State University Bowie
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Master's Certificates
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
College of Southern Maryland La Plata
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Frederick Community College Frederick
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Montgomery College Takoma Park
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
Prince George's Community College Largo
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD

Other Maryland cities

Allegany College of Maryland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cecil College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Frostburg State University
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hagerstown Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Salisbury University
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Wor-Wic Community College
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
School City Programs offered
Allegany College of Maryland Cumberland
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
  • Nursing Assistant Certificate
Cecil College North East
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Frostburg State University Frostburg
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Hagerstown Community College Hagerstown
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing
Salisbury University Salisbury
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate DNP
  • RN-to-MSN Degree Completion
Wor-Wic Community College Salisbury
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing