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Baltimore’s nursing profession has four distinct roles: certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), registered nurse (RN), and advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). Responsibilities, education, and compensation vary significantly by role.

The nursing assistant role is the most junior. CNA certificate programs generally require just a few months of focused study. To achieve certification as a nursing assistant, candidates must pass a state-administered examination at the conclusion of their program. Baltimore’s CNAs earn a median annual salary of $27,500.

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LPNs are more senior than CNAs and thus require a longer certificate program, typically 12-18 months in length. Candidates must pass the NCLEX-PN national examination to attain licensure. Baltimore’s LPNs earn roughly $52,000 per year on average.

RNs carry significant autonomy in directing patient care and often manage teams of LPNs and CNAs. Maryland’s RNs may pursue one of three education pathways: associate’s degree in nursing (ADN), bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), or direct-entry master of science in nursing (MSN). All candidates must pass the NCLEX-RN national examination to attain licensure. Baltimore’s RNs earn over $71,000 on average. BSN-educated nurses often receive top-quartile pay of $84,000 or more per year.

APRNs fill specialized nursing roles like nurse anesthetist, nurse midwife, or nurse practitioner. Most APRN candidates complete a master’s degree program at a local university, requiring one to three years of study. Baltimore’s APRNs frequently earn over $100,000 annually. The city’s nurse anesthetists do particularly well, receiving a median annual salary of $180,000.

The demand for nurses in Baltimore is steadily increasing. Newly minted nurses can seek employment with the city’s major healthcare providers, including Mercy Medical Center and University of Maryland Medical System.

To assist Baltimore’s aspiring nurses, we’ve organized below a comprehensive list of the city’s accredited nursing schools and programs.

Featured Schools

Baltimore nursing schools by NCLEX score

Baltimore City Community College
2901 Liberty Heights Avenue | Baltimore, Maryland 21215
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 100.0% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing: 92.2% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
University of Maryland
620 West Lexington Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21201
  • Direct Entry MSN: 94.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 91.3% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
  • 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
Johns Hopkins University
3400 North Charles Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21218
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 93.6% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Direct Entry MSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Post-Baccalaureate PhD
  • Post-Master's Certificates
Sojourner-Douglass College
500 North Caroline Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21205
  • Certificate in Practical Nursing: 81.9% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 60.0% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
Coppin State University
2500 West North Avenue | Baltimore, Maryland 21216
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 76.7% NCLEX pass rate (2007-08 through 2011-12)
  • Accelerated Second Degree BSN
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morgan State University
1700 East Cold Spring Lane | Baltimore, Maryland 21251
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: 34.7% NCLEX pass rate (2011-12 through 2011-12)
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
Notre Dame of Maryland University
4701 North Charles Street | Baltimore, Maryland 21210
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
School Program NCLEX score Time period
Baltimore City Community College Certificate in Practical Nursing 100.0% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Associate's Degree in Nursing 92.2% 2007-08 to 2011-12
University of Maryland Direct Entry MSN 94.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 91.3% 2007-08 to 2011-12
DNP: Nurse Anesthesia
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
Johns Hopkins University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 93.6% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Direct Entry MSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
Post-Baccalaureate PhD
Post-Master's Certificates
Sojourner-Douglass College Certificate in Practical Nursing 81.9% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 60.0% 2011-12 to 2011-12
Coppin State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 76.7% 2007-08 to 2011-12
Accelerated Second Degree BSN
Doctor of Nursing Practice
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion
Morgan State University Bachelor of Science in Nursing 34.7% 2011-12 to 2011-12
Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
Notre Dame of Maryland University Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing
RN-to-BSN Degree Completion